Changing Careers to Nursing as 35 year old man - page 3

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I am currently employed in IT but hate it. I've been considering a career change. My wife is a nurse and I am 35 with two young children. There is a local tech school that has an ADN program. I already have a Bachelors in... Read More


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    35 year old new grad with BSN here. I did an accelerated program out of state - the hard part was not school but being away from my wife and baby. School was not too bad; however, looking for my first job (esp. in the Bay Area) is much tougher.
    Go for it man and start networking while you are in school! Good luck and you'll do great!
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    35 year old new grad with BSN here. I did an accelerated program out of state - the hard part was not school but being away from my wife and baby. School was not too bad; however, looking for my first job (esp. in the Bay Area) is much tougher.&nbsp;<br>Go for it man and start networking while you are in school! Good luck and you'll do great!
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    Hey man. I'm 41 and have been a nurse for about 6 months. I switched from heavy manufacturing (22 years in the same job before the switch). I currently work in a correctional facility (prison, all male). The female staff there certainly appreciates having males. Some of our "patients" are not allowed any female contact due to their crimes or conduct. You are looking at a field that is predominately female. While you are in school, pay close attention to the drama in class as it will be the same in the workplace. If you can't put up with the drama, don't do it. Most females I work with are glad to have a male nurse around because they don't like working with all females either (I'm not woman-bashing, this is what women are saying about women).
    Finding a job with your level of education is all up to where you live. I'm an LPN and had multiple job offers when I started at the correctional facility. I will be in my community college LPN-RN bridge program and plan on going on to BSN. But I had no problem at all finding a job as an LPN. I took a substantial cut in pay from manufacturing to LPN, but I decided the experience would be invaluable.
    Best of luck. It takes a lot of courage to change careers. It takes a lot of work too.
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    I'm a male nurse who's actively been seeking employment for several months in my home province of Ontario, Canada. It's been extremely difficult and discouraging. I would not recommend the nursing field to other men, as I have always had a more difficult time than my female counterparts, in finding work.

    With the economy in the state that it is, career change would be ill-advised; even if your job entails watching paint dry - keep it.
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    Quote from Jasano
    I'm a male nurse who's actively been seeking employment for several months in my home province of Ontario, Canada. It's been extremely difficult and discouraging. I would not recommend the nursing field to other men, as I have always had a more difficult time than my female counterparts, in finding work.

    With the economy in the state that it is, career change would be ill-advised; even if your job entails watching paint dry - keep it.
    Don't despair everyone is going through the same situation, however, have you tried placing an application to a correctional facility? they are always looking for help, or a Temporary Nursing Agency or Health Insurance Co., or even private duty cases until something else comes along... Wishing you the best in all of your future endeavors...Aloha~
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    Mid-40s, male, 3 kids, IT 20+ years and making the same switch into nursing as my wife. We were "warned" about how difficult Anatomy, Chem, Physio, etc. would be. Laughably easy compared to having to relearn everything in IT every 6-12 months. My wife went through an ABSN after her industry was destroyed by outsourcing and her class was full of career changers of all ages coming from business, law, engineering, etc. People that have been in healthcare 10+ years simply don't realize what is happening in other industries. I hear nurses complain that they have to compete against 200 people for a job. That sounds like heaven from where we sit. It's all relative I suppose.

    Go for it. Though if I was your age I'd be gunning for medical school.
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    I am a 31 year old, I was laid off from my job as a correctional officer due to the realignment AB109 in California and decided to go into nursing, I have 7 months to go in my LVN program. It's been a grind but it will be well worth it come next summer...
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    Depending on your long term goal, i would recommend doing the ADN program, work for a year or two then apply for an FNP program. Many of my friends that had current BS in chem, health admin. etc, were able to bridge right into the FNP program and surpass the BSN, depending on what kind of classes you have and how old they are. I am based out of Tampa. hope this helps!


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