Long time lurker first time poster!
I am 43, male latino who is doing fairly well in my current career but feeling like I need to do something that is fulfilling. I have been considering nursing for some time but have been afraid to dip my toe in the water for the following reasons:
2. Finances. I'm going through a separation and will have to find my own place soon (wife was never supportive of the idea), provide money for my daughter and have to think of the investment in paying for nursing school.
3. Making time for school and work and wondering how will I ever be able to do clinicals/school and support myself?
4. The fear of failure.
5. The fear of after so much toil and suffering not finding a job after graduation (I see so many graduates who have not found work here on this board for close to a year).
Are there others like myself who want to pursue a career (or second career) in nursing but feel that the odd's are against them?
Aug 18, '12
by patekgtech, CNA
I am a 51 yo male with 2 BS degrees and I started LVN School just for a job until I got another job in my field. I completed the first semester of LVN School with a B average and worked my ass off. I have been accepted into a postgrduate Hematology program and that's why I didn't pursue the 2nd semester. With that out of the way. In this job market, if you have a good job then stick with it. DO NOT QUIT. On finances, again do not quit because you are about to go for the most Hellish ride of your life, especially with a child. I'm a survivor of 2 divorces and each time you financially start over. So hang tight on Nursing School and get through the divorce. Fear of failure is always there. If you don't pass a practical (On Hands Exam) after 2 tries you are out of the program. If you blow a course, you're out of the program. No questions asked. Now with all the other emotional things u r going through you don't need that stress Sword hanging above you. Nursing school is not fast paced, it's in overdrive and you are constantly studying or writing for grades. After your life settles down(aka post divorce and recovery period) then think about a night nursing school or get grants(DOL Has plenty, due to shortage) or loans or scholarships to pay for school(Remember u will be paying child support too). Now dealing with female nursing instructors, they don't reason or think like men so read your books, do your studies and KEEP UR HEAD DOWN AND UR MOUTH SHUT while in school and u will do fine. Don't argue with youe instuctors. Even if u win the fight u lose the battle. If u haven't noticed, women hold grudges and the bad ones will crucify you for arguing. The tests are desiged around female logic and are completely different than what I dealt with in my BS college classes taught by male professors. I had to learn a completely different testing style and l learned from it. You can have a GREAT Career in Nursing, especially being Male. We are wonderful for heavy lifting and they will ask for alot of help! Right now, take one hurdle at a time. Get through that hurdle and then go on to the next hurdle and you will do fine. But if you try to do all or most of it at once then you will CHOKE. Good Luck to you. I'm always around. BTW I would ICU Full Time for 2 yrs and I was trained as a Ground Search ad Rescue Medic. So I have done pt care in a critical care setting. Good Luck and pray on occasion,it helped me! This is my fifth career by the way. So don't be afraid of change, embrace the challenge.
Last edit by patekgtech on Aug 18, '12
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