Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 35

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   mel4
    Quote from Don3218
    Todd,

    I'm 48 and in my first semester of nursing school. I already have a degree in business, so this is a second career for me.

    And, believe it or not, I'm not the oldest in my class. There are lots of us out there, and these forums are a great place to connect with others who can share and inspire.

    Much good luck and success to you, whatever you decide to do.

    Don


    Im turning 40 and was thinking it was too late. Thanks for the post. It really helped me. Melissa:spin:
  2. by   Brazilian
    Quote from hotomalis
    "I am 48 years old and i have just passed my Nclex-RN exam. I started this Arduous ...."

    I am a 45 y/o who came from electrical engineering. Engineering was so easy compared to nursing. I graduated 2 years ago and have been doing CCU and ICU among float shifts. Now I am interviewing hospitals for me to go to work with them.
    However, something caught my attention from delee99: "I am the Care Manager of the Assistitad living side" don't you need some nursing experience before you dip your toes on a managerial position? (I'm assuming you meant "assisted living") I had 17 people working under me in the engineering position but I have to say nurse management is a different animal all together...no troubles?
    hi hotomales!

    I'm curently an LPN student, working as a Medication Aid. One of my supervisors, which holds a "resident care coordenator" position, has no nursing background besides working as a Nursing Assistant and Medication Aid for a couple of years. She's very good at her job though, but it sounds like you don't really need a background in nursing to fill up this position, at least not in WA.

    BrazilianTeresa
    45 yo, LPN student, future RN student... am I going to survive??
  3. by   FranEMTnurse
    Well, as far as being a nurse, yes I did. I graduated from nursing school when I was 55. I got my license 3 months later.
  4. by   Brazilian
    Quote from Franemtnurse
    Well, as far as being a nurse, yes I did. I graduated from nursing school when I was 55. I got my license 3 months later.
    Fran, how was your experience when looking for the first job as a nurse? Did someone "close the doors" for you just because you were over 50?

    Brazilian
    Last edit by Brazilian on Aug 6, '07
  5. by   Aquamarine
    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
    I started school when I was 56 yrs old. I didn't look my age but it was the talk...I never ever should have told a soul. Now that I am a RN I know better...It wasn't difficult or anything. I said to myself...stop thinking about it and just do it...I pulled in the driveway of the school, started talking and the rest is history.
    I was a nutritionist for 15 yrs before...so a lot of background, luchy for passing. The hardest thing for me was 1. sitting still in class and then driving home, sitting again to do homework...it hated it...
    Also, not sleeping enough...but otherwise it was very doable...I try to be a good nurse.
    I did it for a number of reasons, but I take the oath seriously...Aquamarine...
  6. by   amdale
    Hi am 42 and going to enter my first semester of clinicals soon. I am super excited and nervous. So I am surprised but feel extremely lucky to be in a group of many in a similar situation. Good Luck to us all.
  7. by   IrishRen
    Well, I'm starting BSN as a 2nd degree candidate....at 50! I'm in the middle of my CNA to make sure I have good patient skills before I start clinicals and I just love it. Thank God I've stayed in shape as a part time Pilates teacher all these years! I've worked full time in computers for way too many years and I decided that I wanted a job where what I did had more meaning. At my age, there's no point in being pointless!
  8. by   wizap
    I was the second oldest student in my Nursing class, I was older than some of my instructors. I am glad I made the change. I have never regretted becomming a nurse.
  9. by   Brazilian
    Quote from IrishRen
    Well, I'm starting BSN as a 2nd degree candidate....at 50! I'm in the middle of my CNA to make sure I have good patient skills before I start clinicals and I just love it. Thank God I've stayed in shape as a part time Pilates teacher all these years! I've worked full time in computers for way too many years and I decided that I wanted a job where what I did had more meaning. At my age, there's no point in being pointless!
    Thanks for this nice imput!!!

    Teresa, the Brazilian.
  10. by   Brazilian
    Quote from wizap
    I was the second oldest student in my Nursing class, I was older than some of my instructors. I am glad I made the change. I have never regretted becomming a nurse.
    I'm 45 and the oldest in my class. I don't think the other students care much for that.... but I confess I felt "strange" sometimes. It's gone now... I'm doing as good as everyone else.... and sometimes even better.

    Teresa
  11. by   junebug62
    You know what? I look in the mirror and a seen a 22 year old, but my drivers license tells me I am 45. Also, where I am from a ton of folks go to nursing school that are "older" Go for it!
  12. by   kgkarma
    Quote from bsaj
    Wow~ That was encouraging. Thank you so much for sharing.


    B~
    I laugh when I hear someone in their 30's saying they're old but I guess it's all revelant. I just graduated with a LPN diploma at 63.

    If it's something you want to do then go for it. Like someone else said, I didn't staff how old I am but some of my fellow students knew. For some reason I just can't lie about my age.
  13. by   bellanoo
    I just turned 48 on July 3rd and passed the boards on July 20th. I will be starting as an L&D nurse in Sept. I spent my entire career in Corporate America and a few years ago felt something was missing. I still can't believe I am a nurse! I want to leave work each day knowing that I made a difference in someones life not just made some big Pharm company more $$$$$

    The best thing is I realized a dream.........

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