Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 39

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   FranEMTnurse
    no offense intended to the teenie boppers or even those in their early twenties, but you do have to have some extra life experiences before you learn the value of your education, and what it takes to be that special nurse, even though i know you already feel you are, and there are exceptions i know.

    congratulations to us oldies is so true. we are more level headed, more reliable, and more serious about our education and our goals. so keep on keeping on.
  2. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from franemtnurse
    no offense intended to the teenie boppers or even those in their early twenties, but you do have to have some extra life experiences before you learn the value of your education, and what it takes to be that special nurse, even though i know you already feel you are, and there are exceptions i know.

    congratulations to us oldies is so true. we are more level headed, more reliable, and more serious about our education and our goals. so keep on keeping on.

    i think it's great that the younger nurses started their careers so early. they will be well seasoned by the time their our age! lol! now, i must admit, i don't move quite as fast as some of those twenty year olds, and i think i have a few more aches and pains (as a matter of fact i got rid of a pain that i had for 20 years -- he wasn't worth a hoot! ha) (takes some of us oldies a long time to get level headed!). (i traded him in for a new model; this one is much better!). he's extremely supportive of me going to school for nursing and life is good! can't wait to see how nursing improves everything! thanks for the encouragement!
  3. by   sallers
    Hi I will be 46 well I qualify and although I dont have the advantage the younger guys have with their memory I am getting good grades and finding that my life experience is invaluable. Go for it and you will feel rewarded with the new challenge. Good luck
  4. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from sallers
    Hi I will be 46 well I qualify and although I dont have the advantage the younger guys have with their memory I am getting good grades and finding that my life experience is invaluable. Go for it and you will feel rewarded with the new challenge. Good luck

    Yes, I agree that our life experiences will be invaluable. It's good to keep your mind challenged and nursing will definitely keep you challenged I hear!
  5. by   bluesguy
    I'm glad to hear from some other older guys changing careers into nursing. I'm a 46yo engineer ready for something totally different. Looking forward to starting nursing school this spring semester.
  6. by   Jan RN
    I graduated in 1977, worked a few years, then got married and quit nursing. I let my license lapse too long, and lo and behold I had a desire and need to work when my youngest was 17 (college coming up). Found out I had to retake the nclex!! I guess it was determination that prompted me to study for 2 years and neglect the house but I did pass in july of 07!!! when the computer stopped me at 70 questions, I cried thinking I flunked.. I will be starting a clinical nursing refresher program for 3 wks. in Jan. 08 (unpaid) If I can do it after 20 years, anyone can!!!
  7. by   LovesGreyhounds
    Wow! This thread has been going on a long time! Awesome!
    I'm 43 and an admin. asst but, like everyone else, want to do something totally different & I love to learn. I'm almost done my pre-reqs. Good luck to everyone out there!
  8. by   HM2VikingRN
    Pinning 12/15/2007
    Age 47.

    If I can do it anyone can.....

    Best of luck everyone!
  9. by   nurse2b2010
    Congrats JanRN!!! You are an inspiration!
  10. by   IRIS56
    Hi Todd,
    It is never too late, with a masters in IT have you ever thought of going into nursing informatics? Well that is if you go into nursing first. I would have to state that I was older when I first went into nursing school...no regrets. I received my BSN at the age of 55, and will graduate this June with my MSN in Nursing Education. Late..never. This degree will be my ticket to assisting with the nursing educator decline by being actively involved with teaching students and will provide me with a way to stay connected with the world of nursing. I have loved every minute and will till...
  11. by   longjourneydream
    Congratulations HM2Vicking !

    Now the next challenge is NCLEX

    My Advice to you;take as soon as possible...


    I graduated in May, took NCLEX in June and passed (1st in my class).

    By the way I am 46 yrs old.


    Quote from HM2Viking
    Pinning 12/15/2007
    Age 47.

    If I can do it anyone can.....

    Best of luck everyone!
    Last edit by longjourneydream on Dec 4, '07
  12. by   mukunda22
    Hi Todd--
    If you really want to practice nursing, then just do it without comparing or negating yourself based on the opinions of other people.
    The angels are with you!!
    Kate Loving Shenk
  13. by   krisssy
    Iris 56, thanks for your message. I graduated from nursing school in 1969 with a BS in nursing. I worked as a school nurse teacher for 2 years and then got my master's in elementary education and worked as a teacher for 25 years. Approx. 4 years ago I took a refresher course in nursing and did quite well. Due to getting married and 3 surgeries, I was unable to go back into nursing at that time. Now an opportunity presents itself to work in a treatment center as a detox nurse. I am 60 yrs old and now in good health. Do you think it is too late for me? Do you think I need another refresher course first? Thanks.

    Krisssy

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