Midlife Career Change - Need Advice! - page 2

Hi Everyone, I'd love to hear from others who have chosen nursing as a midlife career. I have a BA in English and a Master's in Counseling Psychology. I worked extensively with battered women... Read More

  1. Visit  nurse07} profile page
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    Hi Mommy/ Grandma,


    Im 26 years old( I know what your saying ) and im also a mother to a two year old little boy

    Im going back to school next year and i was just wondering if u could let me know how u found the experence of starting over. I havent studied for 10 years so im a little scared.

    Any advice.


    Cheers Lace
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  3. Visit  Mommy/Grandma} profile page
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    I found it to be a very rewarding experience, not to say at times I cried my eyes out to my daughter who also is an LPN. I was the oldest in my class my instructor was even younger then me not by much but still. But we all had fun going through it togeather. When someone failed at something we were all there to give encouragment and move on. I was on the honor roll for the entire time I still can't believe it. You find how strong of a person you are because it isn't easy. I went full time and traved an hour each way just to go. If it is something you really want to do, then you will find the strengh to do it. I wish you all the luck
  4. Visit  umilta} profile page
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    You are not alone. I was recently terminated from my job I've held for 11 years. Recently, I've complained how I wish I can take time off and return to college to major in nursing. I was in total disbelief for the first month, two days after I made the decision to return to college to pursue a degree in nursing. I now have four prerequisites to complete this spring and hopefully this upcoming fall I can start the nursing program. My concerns are the difficulties in transfering to another university because many you lose many credits. Wish me luck.
  5. Visit  umilta} profile page
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    You are not alone. I was recently terminated from my job I've held for 11 years. Recently, I've complained how I wish I can take time off and return to college to major in nursing. I was in total disbelief for the first month, two days after I made the decision to return to college to pursue a degree in nursing. I now have four prerequisites to complete this spring and hopefully this upcoming fall I can start the nursing program. My concerns are the difficulties in transfering to another university because many you lose many credits. Wish me luck.
  6. Visit  umilta} profile page
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    Hi, How was it? I'm headed in that direction this spring. After being employed for 11years in an educational institution I will be returning to college to pursue a degree in nursing. There are many excelerated programs for LPN then I guess you can pursue the nursing degree, I don't know what do think is best from your experience.

    Umilta, 37
  7. Visit  loriann} profile page
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    I don't consider myself to be "mid-life," but am in the process of going to nursing school. I have a masters degree in social work and have worked the last 6 years doing a combination of direct practice and administrative work. Wanting to leave the administrative piece in social work behind and not finding the direct practice work very interesting, I took a job in a hospital as a discharge planner. I work on a med-surg floor and an inpatient rehab floor and watch the nurses daily.

    Has anyone else here left the field of social work/social services and if so, why did you choose to go into nursing?
  8. Visit  heatherbless} profile page
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    You guys--it is great to know that there are some of us clinical people that have masters degrees/like mine-is in counseling/although I never got my LPC--well, anyway, I am starting my BSN, and I really feel positive about all of this.

    and as for Larry--you are never too old to do whatever you set your mind too. That dude needs some counseling--but-our fees are probably too high for him anyway

    bets/hty:imbar
  9. Visit  foxdude43} profile page
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    always go for it no matter what your age!

    i started school for nursing at the age of 36 after a career on active duty military. i have absolutely emjoyed that nursing is a wide open field right now. and it will be for many years to come. the opportunities are endless and earning potential is well worth it. i graduated at the age of 40 and have been so happy since then. it was worth it and now i'm considering either getting into legal nurse consulting or just getting my msn. the world is my oyster.
  10. Visit  wonderfulmom} profile page
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    Nursing is not as bad as some people on these boards make it sound. I have a lot of friends who are nurses and they are very happy with the career. They like the flexibility and the pay. Just keep that in mind and ask any nurses you know whether or not they are happy with thier career to get a balanced viewpoint. BTW I am 38 and have my application in to go to nursing school next year. Good luck.
  11. Visit  arbley} profile page
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    Originally posted by LarryG
    No way you're too old!

    Don't even think about it!
    Larry, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understood your post to mean something positive.

    I think what Larry meant was, There's no way you are too old. Don't just sit there and THINK about it. Just do it.
  12. Visit  victorious53} profile page
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    Chris, tuition reimbursement sounds like a way to go. may i ask what hospital/medical facility you are employed at?
  13. Visit  Havin' A Party!} profile page
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    Hey there, folks. Just returned to this post and was surprised to see that Kim and Heather had misread my comments. (Suggest they revisit what I wrote.)

    As Arbley has correctly noted, my counsel to alphafe was encouraging to the max.

    All the best, alphafe!
  14. Visit  dwoodruff} profile page
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    I taught students that ranged from 18 to 65 years-old. "Too old" is an excuse for not pursuing your goals. Some of my best students were over 40.

    If this has been a dream of yours, do it no matter what the obstacles. There are plenty of great career choices as a nurse and many of them don't involve working in understaffed institutions.

    If you need assistance or reassurance along the way, come back to the discussion boards. There is a tremendous amount of support from your peers here!

    Best wishes,
    David Woodruff, MSN, RN


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