Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 47

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   rndavu729
    I'm 42 and just graduated last month as an LVN. I am preparing now to go into an RN program. I passed my NCLEX last week! Has it been an easy road...NO! But it is something I have wanted for 25 years...and I have to accomplish it! I'm so happy I am doing it, regardless of my age! Best wishes to you!:spin:
  2. by   denise0815
    Sherie, that would be great...let me know how you make out with the CNA class...good luck!
  3. by   sml1970
    Quote from denise0815
    Sherie, that would be great...let me know how you make out with the CNA class...good luck!


    Thank you baby=] ... Im taking the tabe test also, to get into the
    lpn program 2009. Im going to buy a book to study. Also, how are you doing?hugs and keep going for it ....Sherie
  4. by   manikanna
    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 am not about to claim that i started my career late its just i stopped midway after falling into addiction problems.Its been 5years since i dropped out and am currently out of rehab and considering returning to my first love -nursing.So you are in good company qit worrying,it could be worse.
    ...........................................
    mani kanna

    http://www.floridadrugrehab.com
  5. by   alliestar
    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!!
    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
  6. by   denise0815
    Hi Allie,
    I also have concerns about getting into a lot of debt,so I have decided to do my pre-req, (even it is only one at a time) first,so I can keep working for now and maybe try to save a little money...LOL.... (that is pretty hard with two growing boys).
    My kids are 16 and 12 right now and I have put off going back to school for a long time, because of family obligations. But if you have support from friends\family who could watch your child, while you are in class, you should give it a try...even if it is only part-time for now until you see how your new schedule will work. I have read alot of success stories here of women who have continued working while going to school and raise a family, it is good to know it can be done! Good luck to you in whatever you decide!
  7. by   ugogyrl2010
    I am 41 years, old divorced w/ three children I'm in a class for the most with 30+ in age classmates, I'm in my 2nd year of nursing school, It's hard I have seen many come and go and for the most it's been a lot of the young ones. So let it work for you, and I'm sure it'll be worth it in the end. so if I can do it anyone can. I wish i would've started earlier, but I was a devoted wife, no anger just saying. Good luck and make it happen!!
  8. by   sml1970
    Quote from ugogyrl2010
    I am 41 years, old divorced w/ three children I'm in a class for the most with 30+ in age classmates, I'm in my 2nd year of nursing school, It's hard I have seen many come and go and for the most it's been a lot of the young ones. So let it work for you, and I'm sure it'll be worth it in the end. so if I can do it anyone can. I wish i would've started earlier, but I was a devoted wife, no anger just saying. Good luck and make it happen!!

    My friend ...what a tremendous encouragement you are. Thank you sooo very much for posting with us .I have my first CNA class tomorrow.And im looking at a long road ahead to achieve my dream ... but I think the journey will be fun as well. I gonna just concentrate on one day at a time ..one step . Its the journey that will remember when its done ..may as well enjoy it ,right?:spin: ttyl~Sherie
  9. by   BlueRidgeHomeRN
    Quote from manikanna
    i am not about to claim that i started my career late its just i stopped midway after falling into addiction problems.its been 5years since i dropped out and am currently out of rehab and considering returning to my first love -nursing.so you are in good company qit worrying,it could be worse.
    ...........................................
    mani kanna

    http://www.floridadrugrehab.com
    we also have a recovery forum here--feel free to check it out. you'd be amazed at the number of nurses who are in recovery..:heartbeat
  10. by   cync31
    How encouraging to read everyone's responses to this thread! I am in my 30s and am hoping to start an ADN program in October. I am a career-changer/late-bloomer. I was feeling really worried about debt, my age, etc. etc. but your posts were all very refreshing. Thanks, everyone, and best of luck to all of you!:flowersfo
  11. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from cync31
    How encouraging to read everyone's responses to this thread! I am in my 30s and am hoping to start an ADN program in October. I am a career-changer/late-bloomer. I was feeling really worried about debt, my age, etc. etc. but your posts were all very refreshing. Thanks, everyone, and best of luck to all of you!:flowersfo
    Good for you to make a decision to go for your dream. You can do it and you are still young! I see so many on here changing careers in their 30's, 40's, 50's . . . I, myself, am starting nursing school in the fall and I will be 50 this coming Jan! Yikes!! I just remember thinking a couple of years ago when I decided to return to school (when I had just turned 48) that the longer I wait, the older I'll be. Might as well get started!!

    Good luck!!!
  12. by   sml1970
    We can do it =] ...had my first cna class today ...loved it .. so excited!!!Now just to study for the LPN entrance test .. ugh ...Im not good with math ,but hey , Im not gonna give up . I just love this thread!!!!!!
  13. by   denise0815
    Hi Sherie,
    I am glad to see you had your first class..that is so exciting.
    I think the hardest thing for me was to actually go and sign up for class...I have been thinking about it for so long that it was hard to take the first step., but I did it. Found out I need one more math before I can take Chemistry..so I will start in the Fall. I keep telling myself to just keep going forward, even though I am anxious. But like you said we can do it!!!! Good luck and study hard!!

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