Quote from coop47
need some opinions here. i am a 39 year old married father of 3 considering a career change to nursing. i have worked in the corporate world for the past 18 years and have hated most of them. i have always wanted a job helping people and a job that gave me the satisfaction that i am helping making the world a better place versus making rich stockholders richer. my question is, does anyone know how successful older nursing students are, and more specifically how successful older male nursing students are. having the responsibilities that i do, i would have to continue to work full time, while going to school part time. the program i am looking into is a 4 year program, 3 evenings per week and every other weekend. has anyone taken on a task like this at this stage of their life? best case is i would graduate at 43 or 44. how hard is it to find employment as a brand new graduate that is in their mid 40's and male? does anyone have any personal experience or know anyone that has done this. on one hand, i feel pretty confident i would make a very good nurse and it would give me great job satisfaction, on the other hand i think i am nuts for even considering it.
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i am 37 years old with a degree in business. i worked for several years in office positions, manager, etc. my wife and i are married six years. i was the primary wage earner when we made the decision for me to enter nursing school
...i will graduate in 2010 right around the age of the big four - o.
i currently work in the icu as a tech...for reference, most of the nurses, myself included are slightly "nuts". and yet the facility is very happy to have me and is excited about getting an rn in 2010. although i am not earning what i did in the past i am paid very well. my wife now works fulltime and we are able to maintain our lifestyle save a few premium channels and sushi every weekend.
i believe nursing is the noblest profession there is. nurses are in demand and i believe a nurse with your life experience will have no problem finding work before and after graduation.
when i made the decision to return to school i asked myself "how bad do you want it?" my answer was "bad enough to give up everything to get it." that said, i quit my job, sent out applications to the local hospitals and nursing schools
...and i have never looked back.
nursing school will be the most challenging life changing event you will ever experience. period
if you enter into this with worry...worry about losing things...worry about failing...then you will fail.
envision the end before you begin...then write your life's script through to conclusion...
i have written the speech i will give at my gradution and it will begin like this...
several years ago i dreamed of becoming a nurse. i pictured this place; this beautiful blue may sky above our heads, and spring's warm sun beaming through leaves. several years ago i dreamed of this day; and although the journey was not exactly how i envisioned, one thing is for certain and that is you were all here in this dream.
become a nurse -- see you on graduation day...