Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 46

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   Sherriblu
    I am just finishing an Rn after being a LPN for many years and I just turned 50!! IT is never ever too late to live your dream. Go for it!!
  2. by   Sherriblu
    I did the Excelsior program and it is awesome for an older person with a job and family..I have many friends who did it too!!nurse:
  3. by   SydNurse2b
    I am in western NY. About an hour and a half from Canada. I totally agree that going back later in life that you definitely appreciate it much more. I already have a bunch of the science classes....biology, chemistry, anat. & phy. etc. so I would want something that I didn't have to repeat these classes. I have been looking around to see what jobs are in my area so that I am not wasting my time if I can't find a job after I am done.
  4. by   CNA Mattye
    Hi - I'm 42 and about to begin my CNA training on 7/1. After I complete it and begin working at our local medical center, I plan on finishing my BSRN, then go for Master's education as a Psych Nurse - I agree - it's NEVER too late!
  5. by   39er
    I am a mother of 4 who graduated one year before my oldest graduated from high school. We all did our homework together! It was NOT easy, but it is the best thing I have ever done in my life. I was 47 when I graduated from a community college with my AD RN. It is an amazing, although difficult career. I find the hardest thing is putting up with the BS from managers...Patient care is an amazing thing...never easy, but always amazing....I am especially enjoying taking care of the elderly, they are so awesome. Next time you take care of an older patient, over 90, ask them what their secret is to living a long life. I have heard so many cool things: no milk, lots of vodka, bacon and eggs every morning...the point is pay attention to all of your patients, and hold their hand for a moment, you will be glad you did!
  6. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from 39er
    I am a mother of 4 who graduated one year before my oldest graduated from high school. We all did our homework together! It was NOT easy, but it is the best thing I have ever done in my life. I was 47 when I graduated from a community college with my AD RN. It is an amazing, although difficult career. I find the hardest thing is putting up with the BS from managers...Patient care is an amazing thing...never easy, but always amazing....I am especially enjoying taking care of the elderly, they are so awesome. Next time you take care of an older patient, over 90, ask them what their secret is to living a long life. I have heard so many cool things: no milk, lots of vodka, bacon and eggs every morning...the point is pay attention to all of your patients, and hold their hand for a moment, you will be glad you did!
    Congratulations! I know your children are so proud of you, as you are of them! Your attitude and compassion make you a great nurse, I'm sure!
  7. by   derrickhoover79
    If your looking for nursing jobs then i think you should have a look at this nice site that i came across called nursingcrossing.com. This place has all different kinds and large no of nursing jobs. The site is very simple to understand and use too. Do check it out.!!!
  8. by   ellifant
    Todd,
    I don't think late in life even matters! In my nursing program I am 43 and most of my clasmmates seem to range between 30's to 40's. Never say never and just go for it! Nursing is always something I wanted, I just waited until my childern got older to start my adventure and I know now how rewarding this is becoming for me and the example of education it is setting for my kids.
  9. by   reynaldo lerio
    Well. I'm still re considering joining the nursing field thou I've now in police force for 12 yrs...same thing I'm late starter for a career but people... its true, join nursing field its worthy.
  10. by   sml1970
    Im so happy to hear all the wonderful experiences with starting later in life.I am 37, and have always wanted to be a nurse , i started an LPN class 13 yrs ago , but had to quit due to raising children , money ect . Now Im going to take the CNA class [starting june 28th] as a first step ,and move on from there. Also, trying to get into LPN class for july 2009. Hope they accept me , since I quit before.Im excited and refuse to listen to negative ppl say ''your too old'' . I am so happy to have found this thread.God bless you all,Sherie
  11. by   denise0815
    Hi Sherie,
    I am also 37,and a single mother of two. I have finally decided to go back to school and finish my nursing degree. Do not feel bad for waiting...you did what you had to at the time, many people have been in that position including myself. If you feel now is the right time GO FOR IT!!! Most importantly do not listen to negative people.. I have some friends who are supportive and others who do not say much, when I talk to them about it. So stay positive, and follow your dream.
    It will mean so much when we are finished because we will know how much it took to get there!!
  12. by   sml1970
    Quote from denise0815
    Hi Sherie,
    I am also 37,and a single mother of two. I have finally decided to go back to school and finish my nursing degree. Do not feel bad for waiting...you did what you had to at the time, many people have been in that position including myself. If you feel now is the right time GO FOR IT!!! Most importantly do not listen to negative people.. I have some friends who are supportive and others who do not say much, when I talk to them about it. So stay positive, and follow your dream.
    It will mean so much when we are finished because we will know how much it took to get there!!


    Thank you Denise .......Lets keep in touch and support eachother ..Best wishes , Sherie
  13. by   alliestar
    I am trying to get back into school. I only have 3 pre-reqs left. My current job however is pretty demanding, but pays pretty well. Having a hard time with financial security and going into serious debt. I have a 2 year old who has recently become very demanding. Since you are a mother, at what age do you think it would be easiest for me to go back to school? Should I wait until he's a little older and is not so demanding or would now be easier?
    alliestar

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