Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 17

I would be happy to hear from anyone here that started their career late in life, perhaps Nursing is a second career. For a number of reasons, I am seriously considering changing careers, and for a... Read More

  1. by   Forever10
    Jerico, that just blew me away and makes me want to go for it even more. I am in this thread at the last, you can check out some of my details if ya like. On the age set, I think we must be kindred spirits...
  2. by   mom and nurse
    Quote from Forever10
    I am 52, have raised/nursed 10 children for about the past 30 or so yrs, (practically on my own) am starting my prereqs and required courses Jan. 18 for the RN program at a local Community College Spring of 07. I figure w/ 2 left in the nest; soon they will be out on their own as well...I've lived most of my adult life in complete and total stress, so I figure I may do quite well as a nurse. My husband wanted a large family, I loved children sooo... He then walked away about 9 yrs. ago. I decided I didn't want to spend my later yrs. sitting home alone in front of the tv. (and that's exactly what I'd probably do!) I am a bit anxious, but know that I work well under stress and through emergencies. Getting back into the STUDY mode after many yrs. is a bit taxing, but deep in my heart there is this little voice saying, "You can do it! You can do anything. Don't give up, for the rewards will be worth it all."
    Peace
    Faith
    Wow! I just wanted to applaud you for going back to school. I graduated at the age of 45 after being a full time homemaker for 13 years and when my five kids were teenagers..... It can be done.... (I prayed and studied, prayed and studied my way through school
  3. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from mom and nurse
    It can be done.... (I prayed and studied, prayed and studied my way through school
    And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, will be ME once I finally get in to a program.....reading some of these posts makes me petrified about whether I am doing the right thing, but I think adding your "method" will go a long way toward success!! Thanks for your post!!
  4. by   jamerss
    I just graduated last year at the age of 40 and throughout nursing school I juggled raising 4 young children and our pet dog. It is never ever to late to advance yourself though education or make a career change. I was obviously driven by the responsibility of having a family and being able to provide for them. I love my job since I work 3 days and have 4 off. Good luck to you.
  5. by   mom and nurse
    Quote from wdwpixie
    And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, will be ME once I finally get in to a program.....reading some of these posts makes me petrified about whether I am doing the right thing, but I think adding your "method" will go a long way toward success!! Thanks for your post!!

    No problem....I'm praying you'll get into a good nursing program....
  6. by   mcmannrn
    I turned 45 4 days after graduating from a 2 yr school, here I am 8 years later still wondering "what was I thinking".
  7. by   cpearson77
    I started back to school late in life also. I was 45 and graduated when I was 49. I had been in accounting for 26 years, had my own business, raised a family of 6 and was quite successful. Somehow, I still felt totally unfulfilled and decided to do something different which led to my decision to go into nursing. Mid-life crisis perhaps???

    Starting in a new profession, and thus returning to learner mode, has been quite challenging and way out of my "comfort zone". I graduated in May 2005 and work on a VERY busy L&D unit. I often feel quite anxious about being on my own and making correct assessments. I had 14 weeks of orientation and fortunately have many resources to turn to when I have questions or concerns. Just remember, there is a fine line between being challenged and being overwhelmed. Be sure to find someone that you trust to "guide" you when you need help. Good luck and let us know how it's going.

  8. by   janetlee100
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    Quote from toddster
    I would be happy to hear from anyone here that started their career late in life, perhaps Nursing is a second career. For a number of reasons, I am seriously considering changing careers, and for a number of reasons am looking at a career as a Nurse as a possibility. I am a 44/yo Male with a BA and a Masters degree, though not in life sciences, BA in business and Masters in Information Systems. I would be most appreciative to anyone with similar circomstances to share their experiences. I will be reposting this every few days so If I offend, I extend my humble appology in advance.

    Thanks,

    Todd
  9. by   janetlee100
    Quote from janetlee100
    :hatparty:
    I went to LPN school at the age of 54 the oldest in the class and did well so now it is the time in my lift to Get my RN which I am working on at the present time, and believe it or not Iam not the oldest this time. Good luck in your new career you will love it.
  10. by   Lambert5883
    I'm 41 and will start nursing school in April. I, too, am a career changer -- IT, programmer/developer.

    Just remember that you will have to tackle those prerequisites before going into a (accelerated 2nd degree) nursing program -- if that is route you ultimately take, as I did. That process alone could take, at the least, 2 years.

    Which means that when it is all saud and done, it could take anywhere from 2 - 4 years to complete your journey to acquiring an RN license.
  11. by   bfloboy2
    I have posted before but i need to again

    I am 36 and have been in the IT world for 6 years (programmer/developer). I start back part time nights this semester, i wish i could go full time but with a wife and 2 kids I can't afford to quit the full time job quite yet.

    I want to thank all who have posted/shared thier story. I am drawing a lot of insipration here.

    Jack
  12. by   MimismomRN
    Hi JanetLee, I too just graduated from LVN school 11/18/05 and am studying to take the NCLEX on 2/16/06. I am 48 and also taking my prereqs for the RN program. I have a 21 year old daughter who is in RN school right now. It's hard and I'm scared for all I think I don' know. But I did graduate with honors and believe I can continue on. Good for you. Keep on keeping on. Older Nursing Student in California
  13. by   NurseMentor
    don't ever let your age stop you from going for your goals. it's never too late. the average age for an rn today is 50. that's average. we have so much to offer.

    and, don't get discouraged if you can only take one class at a time, baby steps get you there. not everyone has rich donors pay for a university education.

    you can do it!

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