Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 31

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   BmtTXLVN
    i have a GVN where i work at that is 52, very smart and very welling to learn more
  2. by   Larry in Florida
    Quote from BmtTXLVN
    i have a GVN where i work at that is 52, very smart and very welling to learn more
    I'm 61 and taking my final clinicals this week for my RN.

    Larry in Fla (LPN)
  3. by   BmtTXLVN
    Good luck Larry. I still have till Jan. 08 for myfinal RN clinicals
  4. by   downesRN
    I am still relatively young, but I have a bachelors and a masters degree. I spent time in public accounting, and realized that I had to return to my original love interest-healthcare. Why spend hours upon hours devoting your time to a profession you are not completely passionate about?

    Well, I am in a BSN program now, and I am excited about becoming a nurse. With life being so short, there is no time to worry about whether or not it is too late in the game to begin a career change. You just have to plan it out well (time, money and support considerations) and go for it.
  5. by   carol34
    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
    hi Todd

    I am 34 and work in business. I have a Bachelors in Business and I have 3 more courses to finish my Masters in Accounting. I am really interested in Nursing. I have absolutely no interest in Accounting. I will finish the masters as I am so close. It is a really hard decision to make as Nursing requires you to be a full time student. But I will be starting the pre requisite courses very soon (I am hoping Summer). Please let me know what you decide to do. It is comforting to know there are others out there with the same circumstances.
  6. by   lmagsay
    I graduated last year age 54 :}
  7. by   alabama
    If all goes as planned, Ill graduate at 50. Did anyone have problems getting hired as an older new grad? I would love to hear more about whats it like to be an older new nurse.
  8. by   Brazilian
    Quote from wahwi
    Well, you've probably made your decision by now whether or not to go into nursing (question posted late last year), but for the record, I just turned 50 in September and I am graduating on Dec. 15th (yay!).

    Never thought I could do it, but I got in the program after 1-1/2 years of pre-reqs with a 4.0 gpa (haven't had any formal schooling since I graduated HS in 1974!) Met with a lot of competition from recent HS grads and I blew them out of the water. There are only 120 openings each year, often with more than 1,000 applicants. Life experiences, work experience and good interpersonal skills highly contributed to my success thus far, not to mention my dedication, discipline, and motivation. Bragging? No. Proud? Absolutely!

    Good luck to you and to anyone else who is contemplating later-in-life career education! You're never too old to learn. Sign me: Older and Wiser!

    :smiley_aa
    That's what happens when you go to school because "you've decided to go to school," not because your parents want you to go, not because you are under peer pressure. It's the good side of being 50 yo!! Contratulations!
  9. by   brita_mylove
    Hi!

    I graduated at the age of 43, this is my second career. I'm now 44 and reviewing for NCLEX. It is never too late to learn new tricks. Though it is truly a hell in nursing school as peaceful said, I will do it again. The aftermath is more rewarding. Actually, with my family always getting sick due to age also, it is better to be knowledgeable about the diseases so we won't feel so hopeless when it happened to our family. We will know what to do and can be a great help. Also, the smile and hugs we get from our patients is more than enough payment. Being appreciated with our efforts is a great reward. Go, Todd, you can do it.

    Mel
  10. by   Lindz2785
    Hi!
    I am 21 and currently attending nursing school. My mom, who has always wanted to become a nurse herself, has decided that she is going to go back to school and is enrolling in the same school that I am! She will most likely start this fall and she will be 48! I'm so proud of her
  11. by   brita_mylove
    Learning is a continuing process. It never stops at any age. Besides it helps keep our mind going and even in our age, the will to keep on going deserves a second chance. Hooray to your mom and to those who still wants to keep on studying. keep it up guys! we'll make it.
  12. by   MedSurgeNewbie
    35 with 5.5 whole months on the job went to school with two 40 plus and one 55 plus we all made it and are working
  13. by   KckStrt
    42 here, started school at 38. Father of one 17mths, wow.. having a new baby while in schoo lis CrAzY. I graduate in May 07... yippy :hatparty:

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