I have a BS in Fish and Wildlife Management and have worked as a fish culturist for 18 years now. I've held EMR and EMT certification over the years and was a Captain on our volunteer fire department until this past summer. I have decided, at 45 yo, due to the extremely physical working conditions at my current job (outside in below zero temps, standing in 35-47 degree water for up to four hours at a time, repeatedly lifting 40-60lbs of fish from below feet to above head, etc) that I need to do something different in order to still be upright and able to enjoy retirement.
Our local community college has a well respected ADN RN program that ties in to our state college's BSN program. I am planning on taking the leap and starting school this Fall. What are some helpful tips for someone my age and amount of time away from school to get back in the swing of learning? I'm thinking maybe a "brain game" app or two, taking an easy online course like Medical Terminology
this summer. Any other ideas from older students?
Well if I may be a voice of reason you may not be lifting fish or cold but nursing is hard work on the body too. I walked around 13,000 steps during one shift! And I'm up by 5am, out the door at 6am and don't get home until after 8pm. And it's a lot of bending down and going up, boosting patients, transporting them, etc.
Anyway, I think the medical terminology class is an excellent idea and even better would be a CNA class (by me they are about 4 wks long, and some are free if you are currently unemployed)
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