Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 50

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   Aurora77
    I don't know if this helps anyone, but I got some algebra refresher books from the library and they helped a ton. I knew when I had to take my placement tests (been out of school for 13 years, so my ACT and HS class rank didn't help me). I spent several nights reviewing and doing problems. It helped me out so much. If I hadn't done this studying, I would've have been placed in lower math classes. I hope this helps!
  2. by   LookUp2Sky
    Toddster - You're never too old!!! I will be 52 in March 2009, and graduate in April!!! This too, is my 2nd career, after being single mom and working for Fortune 500 companies for 30 years!! People always say, "you'll be 52 before you even finish." I say, "I'll be 52 anyways." I might as well be doing something, instead of nothing.

    There's so much flexibility not only professionally, but personally in the way of volunteering down the road after retirement...or part time work, with flu clinics, etc.

    Best of luck to you!!
  3. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from LookUp2Sky
    Toddster - You're never too old!!! I will be 52 in March 2009, and graduate in April!!! This too, is my 2nd career, after being single mom and working for Fortune 500 companies for 30 years!! People always say, "you'll be 52 before you even finish." I say, "I'll be 52 anyways." I might as well be doing something, instead of nothing.

    There's so much flexibility not only professionally, but personally in the way of volunteering down the road after retirement...or part time work, with flu clinics, etc.

    Best of luck to you!!
    Good for you!!! I am right there with you! I'll be 51 by grauation in 2010!!! WooHoo to us oldies but goodies!
  4. by   donsterRN
    Quote from nurse2b2010
    Good for you!!! I am right there with you! I'll be 51 by grauation in 2010!!! WooHoo to us oldies but goodies!
    I'll be 51 at graduation in May, so yes... woohoo to us oldies!

    I'm in upstate NY, too, near the Finger Lakes.
  5. by   deleern
    Go Donster!! I was 45 when i started and 48 when I completed my ADN I am just now trying to decide what program i want to do to complete my BSN... Currently 49 1/2. I am in Northern MN.... Really Northern... romote... 70 Miles south of the canadian Border and 45 miles east of the ND boarder. Fortunitly most Universities offer Online these days.
  6. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from donster
    I'll be 51 at graduation in May, so yes... woohoo to us oldies!

    I'm in upstate NY, too, near the Finger Lakes.
    Hey, I am in Upstate NY, Finger Lakes too! Where? I live in Dryden which is about 20 minutes from Ithaca, NY.

    It would be cool if we actually knew each other or were going to the same school! Or could get to know each other if we lived close enough! We can always support each other!
  7. by   donsterRN
    Well, we probably don't go to the same school (CCC), but we are neighbors! I live in Elmira, on the other side of Ithaca.

    How is school going for you? Where do you go?
  8. by   donsterRN
    Quote from delee99
    Go Donster!! I was 45 when i started and 48 when I completed my ADN I am just now trying to decide what program i want to do to complete my BSN... Currently 49 1/2. I am in Northern MN.... Really Northern... romote... 70 Miles south of the canadian Border and 45 miles east of the ND boarder. Fortunitly most Universities offer Online these days.
    You're right about the online programs; they've made it very convenient to continue one's education! I wish you lots of luck and success. I'll be wanting to hear how you're doing. I've decided that after graduation, I'll probably want to start a BSN program shortly thereafter, just so I don't lose the momentum of study!

    Do you think being an older student in your ADN program helped you or hurt you in working toward your educational goals? Are you currently working as an RN? Are you liking it?
  9. by   deleern
    i started from scratch, cna to lpn to rn it took 3 years, i worked full time trough the whole thing.

    being an older student is a state of mind. when i sat in the class room i was there for one purpose and one purpose only. it didn’t matter to me if the gal in front of me snubbed me or if i were friends with so and so….. (the younger people get to caught up in all that stuff so easily!) i think as an older student i was able to set my ultimate goal and then break it down into manageable goals and stay focused.

    i was hired immediately as an rn charge nurse at the nursing home where i was working as an lpn even before i was passed the nclex. i worked there for a year and 3 months ago i started as the mds coordinator at a different facility. i am planning on learning as much as i can. i love what i do. i work 4 – 10’s and usually during the week… but this old softy picks up extra shifts ;-) i love working ltc… i have no intention of ever working on a meg surg floor. i think the conditions that they work in are abusive to mind and body.

    i have taken this last year off from school and working full time… (one of the pre-requisites for the rn to masters program at und) i think i will work one more year and then apply. i am leaning toward a masters in education.

    nursing for me has been the way to make a difference. as a rn i have so much flexibility.
    Last edit by deleern on Sep 4, '08 : Reason: Typos.... see above
  10. by   Aquamarine
    Quote from LookUp2Sky
    Toddster - You're never too old!!! I will be 52 in March 2009, and graduate in April!!! This too, is my 2nd career, after being single mom and working for Fortune 500 companies for 30 years!! People always say, "you'll be 52 before you even finish." I say, "I'll be 52 anyways." I might as well be doing something, instead of nothing.

    There's so much flexibility not only professionally, but personally in the way of volunteering down the road after retirement...or part time work, with flu clinics, etc.

    Best of luck to you!!
    Hi Look up....I went back to school at 54 to get my RN. I did it in two yrs. Tough maybe with the time, working and trying to get all the homework done but it wasn't impossible. When I decided to go for my RN.... my best friend say she thought I was too old, like I should be embarrased or something?! My dad who is always my support person, gave me a speech on the aging brain!! OMG I was so shocked. My husband said if I went I was out the door (I was thrilled). and so then I had to succeed...right?! Like I said it wasn't that difficult. I had been a nutritionist for yrs before...18 yrs. I did like that job but nursing gives a lot more flexibility, more than the other. Also it is a good semi-retirement job...working one day less now that I am 62. It is stressfull but in a good way...it stretches you to the limit. I love the physical work out you get, always on the go constantly, but having enough time to really make a difference in someones life. It teaches you how to prioritize like you never knew before, and your brain is forever active.
    I don't think anyone would be sorry for becoming a Rn. Good luck.
    PS...I would like to add I absolutely hated when someone said "good for you" like I was a big goof but I made it? That is more of an insult than anything. Why don't you tell a 25 yr old "good for you?". Ugh!:typing
  11. by   Lucky0220
    Okay, please tell me that there is someone out there older than me! I will be graduating with my RN (went through a 2 yr ADN program) in December of this year. I will have just turned 59! Yes, a second career change. Was formerly a teacher and then worked in the dental field. Hopefully, I can stay healthy, both mentally and physically!
  12. by   bubblemist2422
    Like you, I am also a 2nd courser.I graduated BS Commerce in 1998 and I decided to go to school again to take BS Nursing in Oct. 2005. At first I was hesitant to go back to school because i always thinking that I am old enough to study again though i was just 28yrs. old that time.One night, when i was watching tv a field reporter featured a school that offered BS Nursing for those people who are working still want to change their field and try to get into nursing. I considered it as a God's gift because that time i really wanted to study nursing though my working schedule prohibits me to do so.For 2 1/2 yrs, I am working at the office from 8 am-5pm of mondays-fridays then go to hospital at night for duty while my saturdays and sundays are for my schooling.I gave up a lot of things just to finish my study.I've missed hanging out with my friends and officemates.I've also missed my bonding moments with my parents and siblings especially those special occasions to be celebrated by my family.
    I took the course for 2 1/2 yrs. I just passed the local board exam this june 2008. Right now, I am still undecided what will be my next step in pursuing my new career.Maybe, I'll apply for nclex this coming Dec.2008 and then take a review class in Jan.2009.
    Last edit by bubblemist2422 on Sep 9, '08
  13. by   Aquamarine
    Quote from jcjcan
    Okay, please tell me that there is someone out there older than me! I will be graduating with my RN (went through a 2 yr ADN program) in December of this year. I will have just turned 59! Yes, a second career change. Was formerly a teacher and then worked in the dental field. Hopefully, I can stay healthy, both mentally and physically!
    I was 57 when I graduated from RN school after at that time 18 yrs in the nutrition area. It wasn't that difficult besides a lack of sleep, money, etc...I am not done yet either. I don't let anything stop me from doing what I want to do, or let comments...from people about the age thing hinder me. I plan on working forever, at least part time, so I am not thinking this is too old to do anything. I am currently 61 yrs old. If I didn't get EBV in 95 I would be working so much more but it creeps up when I get over worked or stressed so I keep it down to 4 days a week work, which is about 34 hrs....enough for now until I find a better nitch.
    good luclk...and if anyone says "good for you" like you are an idiot that made it...give them some wake up words of wisdom.
    My dad is 92 and still going strong, so I may have 30 more yrs to go.
    thanks for sharing your info.

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