Midlife Career Change - Need Advice! - page 3

by alphafe

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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 and sexual assault survivors. ... Read More


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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.
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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.
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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.
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    Chris, tuition reimbursement sounds like a way to go. may i ask what hospital/medical facility you are employed at?
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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!
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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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