Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 54

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   Noor545
    Dear "Late Bloomers"
    I started nursing school at around 34 or 35. I obtained my ADN degree and have NEVER regretted it. Was it hard? Perhaps it seemed so at the time, but I was also tutoring many students in English and Anatomy. The nuns in high school always told my I didn't have the intelligence to be a nurse (the only career I ever wanted), so I got married and had kids. But one year I decided I was going to get my degree no matter what. Two months after I started college my husband told me he had fallen in love with another man and wanted to live an alternate lifestyle BUT he didn't think he could survive without our daughters (9 & 13) with him. He moved back to our hometown 550 miles away and took the girls with him. It was pretty horrible for a while and I think I lost around 35 lbs (which took me under 100 lbs), but stayed in school. I knew that I had to keep going or I would NEVER finish. I still can't get acidosis and alkalosis straight in my head, but I'm working on it. Somethings just never work out right. I remarried when I moved back here to be near my girls - sort of jumping from the frying pan to the fire. Long story there. But I am on my own now and trying to get BACK INTO NURSING. I am 63, feel 17, but know my body is NOT 17. I am having a horrible time finding a job. Once they see me, it's all over. Yes, that's against EEOC laws, but who can afford to pursue that? But I keep trying. I want acute care. I did clinics for the last 20 years. But my adopted sons are now grown and don't need me. Life is for me now. But where are all the jobs that demand "experienced" nurses??? Do they really mean nurses with 1-2 years of experience?

    It's frustrating as all heck, but I'm trying to keep at it. I took a refresher course just to make sure I was up to par. Found out I wasted $1,000 to learn nothing new except the needleless systems now. I would have figured that one out on the job.

    Good luck to all. If you know of any jobs - PLEASE give me a holler.

    Noor
  2. by   nurse2b2010
    Dear Noor, your story is very encouraging about perseverence and determination! I know the right job will come along for you. You have too much determination to give up. I am sure you have perhaps already considered this, but would you be open to a different specialty to get yourself in the "door" and then transfer to acute care at a later time. I realize I am speaking from a "nonexperienced perspective" since I am still in nursing school but I remember going through the same type of thing (relating to experience) when I was a legal secretary in the beginning. No one wanted to hire me because I didn't have the experience yet I couldn't get the experience without being hired! It is very frustrating. But I eventually found an attorney who was willing to hire me even though I didn't have years of experience and I worked for him for 17 years. We had a great working relationship.

    You have lots of experience, determination, and obviously knowledge. The right job will come along!

    One other thought -- would you consider a relocation? Might be worth checking into.

    Good luck to you and God Bless.
  3. by   mswhite
    I too have the same problem with obtaining employment. I am 47 years old. just received my lpn license in october and cannot find a job. the economy has a lot to do with it. it takes lots of money to train a new nurse. however, i do not regret making this decision since i know it will eventually pay off and also make me more marketeable. just keep trying
  4. by   kgkarma
    Quote from mswhite
    I am 47 years old and just obtained my lpn licensure in almost 2 months ago. I just started a BSN program. at first i was slightly embarrased but noticed a couple of older women in my class. i was embarrased throughout nursing school. i did not even want to attend my graduation. my 26 year old daughter convinced me to do so. she told me that she was proud of me for going through and completing nursing school. she even cried at my graduation. im no longer embarrased. this is the way i look at it: i can becomea nurse at 47, or work at mcdonalds at 47. congrats to all of you who were brave and strong enough to endure nursing school.
    I just received my LPN license at 65 years old with a GED and no medical experience. I thought my age would be a hindrance finding a job especially with no medical experience and got first shift which is what I wanted.
    Last edit by kgkarma on Jan 10, '09
  5. by   mswhite
    i hope your post encourages some lazy folks to get busy. im sure you make a great nurse. us old heads pur more effort and love into our work since this is something we went after; our parents did not force us to go to school. good for you. you're an inspiration to many.
  6. by   kgkarma
    Quote from mswhite
    i hope your post encourages some lazy folks to get busy. im sure you make a great nurse. us old heads pur more effort and love into our work since this is something we went after; our parents did not force us to go to school. good for you. you're an inspiration to many.
    Thank you and I agree. Have you applied at LTC facilities? In my town there are many LTC positions and are hiring new grads.
  7. by   Mahage
    This thread is a bit old and we have had some good discussions about older students on another thread, but just in the OP needs any more encouragement, I would share that I started nursing school at 53, graduated with my AS at 55 and got my BSN at 56. I am going part time now for my MSN. I work full time on a very busy IMCU and love it! I had an established career as an LCSW with many years experience and decided since I was too old to go to med school and to do a residency that I would become an NP. I fell in love with nursing along the way. My Mama would love it!

    Mahage
  8. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from Mahage
    This thread is a bit old and we have had some good discussions about older students on another thread, but just in the OP needs any more encouragement, I would share that I started nursing school at 53, graduated with my AS at 55 and got my BSN at 56. I am going part time now for my MSN. I work full time on a very busy IMCU and love it! I had an established career as an LCSW with many years experience and decided since I was too old to go to med school and to do a residency that I would become an NP. I fell in love with nursing along the way. My Mama would love it!

    Mahage

    Congratulations on your accomplishments! It gives me hope ... I'll be 51 by the time of graduation (if I don't have any setbacks!) and eventually plan to go on for my BSN afterwards. Thanks for the encouragement!
  9. by   HM2VikingRN
    Maturity/experience has its advantages. I oriented to charge with 6 months experience and in my department its usually a year or longer.
  10. by   surggirl
    I am heading back this spring, as I turn 48 in Feb. I don't feel at all near that age, so I figure this is another chapter in my life. I've been a surgical tech for 10 years. I was home raising kids for 15 before I stepped foot in the work force again, and then it was in surgery. I have obtained a thick skin working with surgeons, so I figure I can let everything just roll off my back I don't think theres a thing that could get to me now.
    Good luck to you and don't give your age another thought..heck, your young!!
  11. by   Mahage
    Quote from surggirl
    I am heading back this spring, as I turn 48 in Feb. I don't feel at all near that age, so I figure this is another chapter in my life. I've been a surgical tech for 10 years. I was home raising kids for 15 before I stepped foot in the work force again, and then it was in surgery. I have obtained a thick skin working with surgeons, so I figure I can let everything just roll off my back I don't think theres a thing that could get to me now.
    Good luck to you and don't give your age another thought..heck, your young!!

    I think the cannibals won't know what hit them, LOL! So glad you are going back. You definately have many advantages.

    Mahage
  12. by   Noor545
    OK, I have whined about not being able to find a nursing job at age 63. I have 27 years of experience, but was out of nursing for the last 7 years. I took a refresher course and did a 104 hour Practicum at the little hospital here in town.
    FINALLY - I was offered a .6 position at that hospital. I had hoped for Med/Surg, but was offered OB since that is where all my experience is. I'm just happy to get my foot in the door. It has taken the hospital since Dec. 13 (when I finished my practicum) to officially offer me the position. On this last Tuesday afternoon they even went so far as to ask me WHY I had been out of nursing for 7 years. I don't believe that was any of their business since it was personal. But they finally called back an hour later and offered me a spot. I start tomorrow. I am over the moon. And as for "surggirl" being 48 and not feeling it. I know the feeling. Although my joints may complain at times, I know I am still 30 inside.

    Thanks for all the encouragement from everyone.
    Noor
  13. by   mswhite
    You go surggirl! I graduated as an LPN at the age of 47 in August of 08. I am currently seeking my BSN degree on line. This is not my first time in school. difference is: this time I KNOW what I want to do. You're too old only when you're dead. Good luck to all!

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