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Hi everyone! Is anyone else here totally changing careers to go to nursing school? I guess I'm looking for a little encouragement that it's OK for me to want to get out of the corporate/business world that I HATE and go into... Read More


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    hi heidi,

    i am a fellow career changer and hopefully i can help you out a bit.

    first of all, you are never too old to start!! if nursing is something you feel passionate about, by all means pursue it. life is too short to spend time doing a job you loathe. :steps off soapbox:

    as for paying for school, you can go to the fafsa website www.fafsa.ed.gov

    you'll have to fill out a fafsa form and go from there..you may be eligible for various loans and grants.

    i do not know about working while you are actually in nursing school, you may have to thumb through other threads to get the opinions of people who are already in nursing school.

    if you have to complete your prereqs first, then getting a job in the healthcare field would defnitely boost your application.

    i hope this helped some.

    good luck!
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    I am in the nursing class right now with one guy who has a masters in business and he was a very succesfull at what he did. He just quit and started nursing school. I think that is grat that he had the courage to do that on his own. Go for it!!!
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    with all that office experience, you would be able to get a clerical position at many health care facilities. you could then start taking prerequisites toward a nursing program.

    funding can come from many sources. some hospitals will sponsor nursing students in exchange for a work commitment after becoming a nurse. and every health care facility i know of offers some kind of tuition reimbursement for their employees. then, of course there are scholarships, traditional financial aid and loans. call around to various places and ask what they offer. you might be surprised what is available. i did that myself in the year before applying to my nursing program. i ended up getting a hospital to pay my tuition for 2 years (as i had no financial aid left after previously going to college)

    i say, go for it! i considered making the leap myself for a couple years. once i decided to do it, though, i have not looked back.

    Quote from swan22h
    hello everyone,
    this is my first post. i am considering becoming a nurse, but have no idea where to start or if i am making a good career choice. i have an associates degree in applied science graduated in 1984. i have been working in an office administration position for the last 18 years and have recently, since january been unemployed and working at various temp positions and freelance work. i have been thinking about getting into health care for over a year. i believe that i would enjoy nursing. i just don't know where to even start, how to pay for school, and how to go about getting a job in the health care field while i am going to school, am i too old to start? does anyone have any suggestions for me? heidi
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    I'm a 50 year old male considering a career change to nursing. I was in accounting in my prior life, and have a B.S. in Accounting and MBA degrees.
    I have been a controller for most of my accounting career. Unfortunately, I have experienced several downsizings in my career. It is extremely difficult in my area for someone my age to find a management position in accounting.

    I was contemplating a career change to becoming a financial planner, and passed the Certified Financial Planner exam late last year. But for some reason, I am attracted to nursing. It is such a drastic change, and it will be a sacrifice for me. There are no nursing schools nearby, so I will have to commute about one hour or so each way on most days. I have a wife and two kids, so I want to make sure I have time for them.

    I want to spend the last part of my life doing something meaningful. Nursing seems like an excellent career for even someone my age.

    I will probably need to go to a diploma school. I have found that the second degree BSN programs require too many prerequisites. I want to become a RN in the quickest time possible.
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    Quote from corbos
    i'm a 50 year old male considering a career change to nursing. i was in accounting in my prior life, and have a b.s. in accounting and mba degrees.
    i have been a controller for most of my accounting career. unfortunately, i have experienced several downsizings in my career. it is extremely difficult in my area for someone my age to find a management position in accounting.

    i was contemplating a career change to becoming a financial planner, and passed the certified financial planner exam late last year. but for some reason, i am attracted to nursing. it is such a drastic change, and it will be a sacrifice for me. there are no nursing schools nearby, so i will have to commute about one hour or so each way on most days. i have a wife and two kids, so i want to make sure i have time for them.

    i want to spend the last part of my life doing something meaningful. nursing seems like an excellent career for even someone my age.

    i will probably need to go to a diploma school. i have found that the second degree bsn programs require too many prerequisites. i want to become a rn in the quickest time possible.
    i think your background is good for nursing because you have learned to work with clients, sometimes in stressful situations. have you consired lpn then lpn to rn bridge

    i suggest this because you may have all the prerequisites required for a 1 year lpn program, then a 1 year bridge program. (this is possible in georgia, not sure about other sates)
    Last edit by Drysolong on Oct 8, '05
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    Quote from amyrae76
    Hi everyone!

    Is anyone else here totally changing careers to go to nursing school? I guess I'm looking for a little encouragement that it's OK for me to want to get out of the corporate/business world that I HATE and go into nursing!

    What are your thoughts and reasons? Here's a little about me -- I have a degree in Advertising and I've been in the business world for almost 5 years now. I just have no interest in business-related things, and I have no desire to climb the proverbial corporate ladder. To me, nursing seems like something totally different from that. I can't say I've had a passion for it my whole life, like some people can. It only just occurred to me about 6 months ago. But I just want something different -- I HATE sitting at a computer and being bored out of my mind for 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week!!

    Anyone else in a similar situation?

    amy
    Hi, everybody-
    I am making the career change as well. I know what I am getting into as far as nursing is involved. I have been a CNA and am a combat medic also. I job shadowed nurses at the local hospital on the night shift for a week to get a better feel for the job. It isfar from a peaches and cream job but I have worked at some very lousy and smelly jobs. This one offers its own set of rewards.People do not always say thanks but just one person makes all the difference in you day. I have talked to many othes in the profession and found out their reasons for being there. My mom is an RN as well. She worked in oncology for years and then for Hospice. God bless her.It takes a special person to do this kind of work. I hope I can rise to her level of love and care.
    I am working as much as possible right now to help out with the income loss while I am in school.My husband says "go for it" and this is really hard for him to say to me. He is the nicest guy but we have been experiencing our own set of problems since returning from overseas deployments. It seems like we are in separate hemispheres at times.I know I am part of the solution to this by being able tyo get a job that keeps me closer to home .It will also allow us to have a family which has been impossible up to now with deployments and jobs keeping us apart.
    So, everyone follow your hearts but use some common sense in researching all aspects of the career first. It is time well spent.

    Catwoman2
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    YOU'RE NOT ALONE!!! I absolutely HATE the business world. I'm bored stiff. The only challenge is getting to the end of the hallway without getting a knife to the back...know what I mean? The rest of it seems so meaningless to me. Currently, I work in marketing as a product manager for a pet products company. By the sound of it, you think it would be fun, huh? It sometimes is fun...I love animals...but my job seems a little meaningless at times.

    The biggest mistake I made when graduating from college is not immediately going back to school for nursing. I originally hoped to go to pharmacy school the first time around (I got a B.S. in biology)...but I volunteered in a pharmacy and decided it was too boring. That's when I decided that nursing would probably be my best option. I just was not mentally or financially prepared to go right back to school after the B.S.

    I'm rambling now....anyway...good luck in your quest! You're not crazy!
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    i graduated from college a long time ago (BSEE) and hate to say but i did not like my line of job and my passion to help other is not applicable to that kind of work. i decided to change career and pursuing nursing as my last career because of my passion in helping individual in which i saw from a nurse helping my Dad until his last breath she was there, and also to be a model to my kids when they grow up.


    Nat
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    Yes! Actually I wasn't able to get into the business arena of the workforce. I have a B.S. in Business Admin., but I was unable to get a job. I've been trying for the last 2 years. I graduated from Fayetteville State University in 2003 and still no luck. I can't give much advice because I begin a RN program in Jan. 2006. I'm tired of searching and getting deadends. This isn't the only reason for a career change.

    I would like a career that impacts and changes the lives of people and nursing (I believe) is the way to go. Also, I've always had the desire to be an obstetrician or a pediatrician. So, this is close to that desire. I don't know if I will pursue being an obstetrician or pediatrician because I've found an interest in neonatology.

    So you are not alone.
    mjcrn
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    I changed carries in my 40's a went back to school for nursing and just graduated in May of this year. Go for it, if it is something you have always wanted to do I say go for it. Will it be hard, yes but an older student I think does better because they are sometimes more serious about school then the younger one are.


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