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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   nurse2b2010
    Quote from cweeks
    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.

    Congrats! I am hoping to get into the Fall 08 nursing program, and I am 48. Hope I have your good luck and fortune! Again, congrats for passing #1 in your class!!!!
  2. by   danissa
    I was 27 when I graduated as a Midwife, there were others in my class 10+ years older, who were so focused on their learning, and are now fantastic midwives. Maybe as their kids were grown up a bit, which is where I am now, it was all the easier to put everything into the study,but my three were all still wee! I spent many a midnight oil burnin time, after I had done all my mammy stuff, just studying. OMG..THAT was the year I started smoking! Figure that out!

    Still, I'm glad that I did it when I did, it was hard, sometimes impossible at the time, but the feeling of achievement at the end, especially when my kiddos all made me cards and had a dinner in my honour on my last day as a student...WOW! unforgettable! And now I'm reaping the rewards..ie..no childcare issues whichever shift I work!
    Mature students...Go for it!
  3. by   alabama
    I would love to hear from some of the folks who started their nursing career later in life, specifically what it is like to search for a job, actually work as a first year nurse etc, not so much what its like to be an older student but an actual older NEW nurse. I estimate I will be 50 when i finish school. Is there anyone who can their story? Thanks!!!!!!
  4. by   longjourneydream
    I had never graduated high school, an not exactly the scholarly type...

    At 22 I persued my GED, had my childern and did minimum wage jobs.

    At 29 I became a CNA/HHA to become a LPN and could not cut it;so I

    worked in homecare until age 39 and I started working as a CNA/PCA,

    and felt the real need at 43 to become a real nurse,due to working in a

    hospital envirionment.

    I had been out of school for so long that I had to take remedial

    classes,to take the real classes that were not even credit classes!

    I found to be an average age of my class,when in nursing school.

    I worked full time in the ER as a tech, while going to school.

    On my days off I would study the WHOLE DAY.

    When I worked,I would study when I came home from a 12 hour shift.

    I would study on lunch breaks, I would study before class, I would

    carry flash cards in my pocket, in between patients.

    IT ENCOMPASSED MY WHOLE LIFE...

    It took me 4 yrs to get through school!!!

    In May 2007 I graduated and passed my boards June 14 2007.

    I now work in the ER and I really like it.

    It is hard, scarry, and exciting all at the same time.

    I feel confident about being an RN, because we are in such demand.

    If one thing does not work out, there is not a problem finding a job

    someplace else.

    I think being older makes you tougher, as well as smarter;it is because

    there is a life experience base to draw from, this gives you an

    advantage over the younger co-workers/nurses.

    Our class of May 2007 were called "the overachievers." We were mostly

    older students and all had interesting lives, the majority of the class

    carried a 3.5 GPA or over.

    I carried a 3.43 GPA

    Not bad for a high school drop out huh? Sometimes older is better...

    Last edit by longjourneydream on Dec 12, '07
  5. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from cweeks
    I had never graduated high school, an not exactly the scholarly type...

    At 22 I persued my GED, had my childern and did minimum wage jobs.

    At 29 I became a CNA/HHA to become a LPN and could not cut it;so I

    worked in homecare until age 39 and I started working as a CNA/PCA,

    and felt the real need at 43 to become a real nurse,due to working in a

    hospital envirionment.

    I had been out of school for so long that I had to take remedial

    classes,to take the real classes that were not even credit classes!

    I found to be an average age of my class,when in nursing school.

    I worked full time in the ER as a tech, while going to school.

    On my days off I would study the WHOLE DAY.

    When I worked,I would study when I came home from a 12 hour shift.

    I would study on lunch breaks, I would study before class, I would

    carry flash cards in my pocket, in between patients.

    IT ENCOMPASSED MY WHOLE LIFE...

    It took me 4 yrs to get through school!!!

    In May 2007 I graduated and passed my boards June 14 2007.

    I now work in the ER and I really like it.

    It is hard, scarry, and exciting all at the same time.

    I feel confident about being an RN, because we are in such demand.

    If one thing does not work out, there is not a problem finding a job

    someplace else.

    I think being older makes you tougher, as well as smarter;it is because

    there is a life experience base to draw from, this gives you an

    advantage over the younger co-workers/nurses.

    Our class of May 2007 were called "the overachievers." We were mostly

    older students and all had interesting lives, the majority of the class

    carried a 3.5 GPA or over.

    I carried a 3.43 GPA

    Not bad for a high school drop out huh? Sometimes older is better...

    You go girl! you're a total inspiration to all of us oldies. Congratulations!:Melody::mortarboard:You are living proof that if you want something desperately enough, you will work hard to realize your dreams.
  6. by   cardio
    I became a nurse at 42. I think for myself before that I would have hurt some one. I have always wanted to be a nurse. I too did many things before starting on mjy way. It took me 5 yrs of school to get my 2 year degree, but I now work in probably the toughest CSISU in the eastern half of the United states right of school. I am very proud to be a nurse and graduated Cum laude
  7. by   cardio
    I became a nurse at 42. I think for myself before that I would have hurt some one. I have always wanted to be a nurse. I too did many things before starting on mjy way. It took me 5 yrs of school to get my 2 year degree, but I now work in probably the toughest CSISU in the eastern half of the United states right of school. I am very proud to be a nurse and graduated Cum laude
  8. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from cardio
    I became a nurse at 42. I think for myself before that I would have hurt some one. I have always wanted to be a nurse. I too did many things before starting on mjy way. It took me 5 yrs of school to get my 2 year degree, but I now work in probably the toughest CSISU in the eastern half of the United states right of school. I am very proud to be a nurse and graduated Cum laude
    Cardio on a job well done.:mortarboard: Sure wish I could have practiced after I got my license at 55. I just got sick!!!!!






  9. by   baimir
    hi tod!
    I graduated at 40 (BSN) passed the Licensure Exam at 41 currently enrolled MN major in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing and will start working in the hospital this jan. 2007. By the way I just finished my comprehensive review at Kaplan for NCLEX and still waiting for my exam date early this year.
    More importantly I'm a mother of 3 and a housekeeper as well. I did all that (I'm still 41 now). YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

    Goodluck!
  10. by   simple500
    I am 45 and recently graduated from technical school as a certified medical assistant. I am currently working in a physician's office. I am seriously considering going back to school to persue a career in nursing. I've always wanted to become a nurse. I love caring for people!
  11. by   Dewaxyyy
    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
    Well Sir you are doing your hearts desire and i must say its a good move and think about the accomplishment.
    Weldone and i'd also encourage you to do your Nursing degree or Diploma.
    I am a British trained Nurse and studied as a matured woman/student (single mother)with 2 young kids at the time. I graduated in 2000 and havent looked back. I since worked in acute medicine (A&E,Critical care,HDU) and enjoyed it immensely.
    I left the NHS and used my clinical skills working as a Senior Analyst/IT Consultant in a Health Informatics company and really appreciate the fact that my skills and knowlege can be adapted and used in several other professions.
    I am currently working on getting my US License (Nclex), with the intention to train and qualify as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant..blah!blah!!
    In effect the sky is the limit for you and if you do choose to follow through. Encouragement is the most anyone can trully and Honestly give you now.
    Go Man, Go FORTH!!!!!!
    Last edit by Dewaxyyy on Dec 21, '07
  12. by   carlaveronica
    I'm 42 and I haven't entered NS yet. I will be taking on a PCA position in Oncology Jan 8th 2008 it is a part time position. I then finish my prenursing classes for the BSN program. I'm really nervous about this job. I really want to do my best.
  13. by   2008RnGraduate
    I just want to wish everyone here a Happy New Year. But also, just to let you know that I'll be 46 in Feb and will be graduating in May, 2008.

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