Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 51

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   LookUp2Sky
    When I am sitting in psych nursing class, it occurs to me that we are all in the generativity vs stagnation stage!! That's a good thing then, because when we get to the next stage-ego integrity vs despair....we won't be in the "despair" part...because we can still be working if we WANT to-LOL. As long as people are living now-a-days, someone may have to pick up where Maslow left off and create another stage!!
  2. by   LookUp2Sky
    Oh, oh, my age must have just caught up with me.....I meant Erikson-LOL
  3. by   bbie17
    I had a change of career. I was working as a research scientist, the pay was good and I loved the job very much. However, there was always a part of me that feels as if I'm not doing enough to help out and that I'm not directly helping people, so I decided to go into nursing. I'm a student right now and although it's going to be so different out in the real world, I'm enjoying what I experience right now at clinicals. I don't think it's ever too late to change career. What's more important is doing what you've always wanted to do.
  4. by   MimismomRN
    Good for all of us!!! I will be 51 next June when I graduate with my RN. I am in the LVN to RN bridge program (3rd semester) right now. It's tough but we can do it. God bless us all. :bowingpur
  5. by   wanna-b-R.N.
    I will probably be 45 by the time I graduate. Working full-time and a single mom, but I'm not going to let anything stop me now! I'm going to do what I've always wanted to do. BECOME ONE FINE NURSE!
  6. by   santababy52
    Todd, I started my nursing career at the age of 40, getting my ADN and then just finsihed my BSN this past March (at age 55). It's never too late. In fact there are schools that are designed for those who already have their Bachelor and Masters, where you college credits will be helpful to get you through faster. Get on the internet and look since many will even let you do most of your studies on line. If you live in a big city there are probably many opportunities for you and age is not a factor at all. Remember, nursing jobs are not just in the hospital and in my opinion, this particular aspect of nursing will take us older nurses into our 70's working in the community or in management. There are so many field's of practice within the nursing world, you will always be able to find work.
    Good Luck,
    SantaBaby (Laura)
  7. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from santababy52
    Todd, I started my nursing career at the age of 40, getting my ADN and then just finsihed my BSN this past March (at age 55). It's never too late. In fact there are schools that are designed for those who already have their Bachelor and Masters, where you college credits will be helpful to get you through faster. Get on the internet and look since many will even let you do most of your studies on line. If you live in a big city there are probably many opportunities for you and age is not a factor at all. Remember, nursing jobs are not just in the hospital and in my opinion, this particular aspect of nursing will take us older nurses into our 70's working in the community or in management. There are so many field's of practice within the nursing world, you will always be able to find work.
    Good Luck,
    SantaBaby (Laura)
    Congrats SantaBaby! And, you're right - age should not be a factor. I'm in my first year of nursing school and LOVE it so far! Crazy I know -- it's a lot of work (and just think it's only the beginning of the semester) but I am learning so much and I feel like I have really accomplished something by the end of the day. I'll admit I am sometimes exhausted by the end of the week though! It's good to hear that there are so many choices available in the nursing world! And, I wish you and everyone who takes on this endeavor the best of luck! The world needs good nurses. :redpinkhe
  8. by   lrrnatlast
    I am 40 and have been in nursing for only a year. I love it more than anything on this earth. I have an associates in nursing.
    good luck on whatever you choose to do.
  9. by   Aquamarine
    Quote from bbie17
    I had a change of career. I was working as a research scientist, the pay was good and I loved the job very much. However, there was always a part of me that feels as if I'm not doing enough to help out and that I'm not directly helping people, so I decided to go into nursing. I'm a student right now and although it's going to be so different out in the real world, I'm enjoying what I experience right now at clinicals. I don't think it's ever too late to change career. What's more important is doing what you've always wanted to do.
    A agree that it is a good thing to go for your desires and trying to give back to the world, doing enough, making the life and world of the patients one filled with respect, compassion and good medical care.
    I had a daughter that was ill for 18 yrs of her 18yrs on earth, I reembered how she loved her nurses from an young child. My sister died at 41 and was so impressed with her nurses, and I decided to do just that become a nurse. All for very honorable and heartfelt intentions. Thinking then that going to school at 54 was going to be my biggest challenge. I was dead wrong. My clinicals were fine, love taking care of people. Graduation was great, my parents there, my best friends, lots of good wishes. My first job, naturally was as I expected....tough but I did it and think I left for good reasons, now on my second job where I was once the nutritionist. That is what I did for the 15 yrs previous...nutrition. I have found this transition so difficult. Other nurses do not have the same goals and compassion I do and resent my caring so much for the patients. They think I am naiive but that isn't it at all, it is what I chose to do...to be kind, compassionate. I use my extra time to listen to what the concerns are...I am not sneaking out for 10 smoke breaks a day and I dont try to stop them from doing whatever they have to do. I can say, I am sadly disappointed in my decision to change careers.
    I am actually thinking of getting my BS in healthcare management now and learn to manage my own business where I can control the quality of the care given. Maybe manage a small doctors office. I don't want to change jobs again, I really don't. But I can't swallow what is necessary where I am.
    I wonder what came over me to change a job I loved every day for 15 years as a nutritionist in a major medical center. I also didn't feel like I was stretching myself, not doing enough.
    My heart was and is in the right place.:heartbeat I wish you a better time, and good experience. Don't stay if it isn't right. Nurses don't have to stay anywhere anymore, it isn't bad to change jobs like in other professions. Not where I am anyhow.
    Good luck. Just to let you know what happened in my case.
  10. by   dean4nea
    hi todd! you posted this last 2005 right? so what happen? are you now a RN? Hope u made it!
  11. by   marieivyRN
    One of my friends works in Information Systems and told me there is a high demand for nurses in her field. I believe the field is called Nursing Informatics. I hear there's a lot of money to be made as it it a fairly new field. You may want to look into it.
  12. by   luna23
    With your credentials, you may even consider Nursing management...
    Good luck, I am too just starting at 39... it's just a number....
  13. by   nursespunky
    I'm 36 and graduated in May. Was "going to be" a school teacher...till I had kids of my own!! Tried to get into PT school. Nursing school was plan B. But I love it!!

    There were a lot of "older students" in my class. I think they made better students and better nurses!

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