Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 57

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   Mahage
    Quote from nurse2b2010
    Mahage, what's your opinion on doing an LPN program to help one achieve getting their RN degree -- using it as a bridge to RN? I'm just curious. It's a longer route, but the experience may be very helpful.
    I think it depends on how much time and energy you have to invest. I went to an accelerated summers only RN program where we went 4 months each year for 3 summers. I worked full time as a social worker the other 9 months and part time while I was in school. I had a very flexible employer. I know that LPN school is super hard as my daughter is an LPN. It would be hard to work during the 16 months you are in that program. Then you have another 18 months or so to bridge to the RN program which is also very intense. You might consider getting loans and going straight for RN degree which is usually a 2 year program. Most of the folks who are in RN classess work as nurse techs their last year and most had jobs when we graduated. I didn't because I had a very good job and couldn't afford to give it up. LPN school is also very stressful, when you first graduate learning to actually be a nurse is very stressful, I wouldn't want to have to go through that twice. Our LPN's do the exact samee thing we do except draw blood from lines and hang iv's to central lines and of course remove central lines. They do it for a lot less money. I have great respect for them. My daughter worked for 13 years as an LPN until she became disabled. She worked in a nursing home where they put LPN's in charge of most of the floors. She loved it, but I don't think I would. That was a huge amount of responsibility.

    That is just my opinion. You probably will have to take several prereques for the RN program that you might not for the LPN program but since I already had degrees I only had to take the science prepreqs.
    Good luck to you.

    Mahage
  2. by   nminodob
    Hey- Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth -I received my AARP card in the mail (turning 55 this year) the same month I got my first job as an RN in the TBI unit at a Level I trauma center ! So I pat myself on the back as well as anyone else who has the audacity to believe in themselves - even though everyone now compliments me on my stamina and determination to succeed, I couldn't count on their encouragement when I first locked in on my goals - some close friends thought I was crazy! And, of course, I am! But crazy in a good way, I hope!
  3. by   Mahage
    Quote from nminodob
    Hey- Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth -I received my AARP card in the mail (turning 55 this year) the same month I got my first job as an RN in the TBI unit at a Level I trauma center ! So I pat myself on the back as well as anyone else who has the audacity to believe in themselves - even though everyone now compliments me on my stamina and determination to succeed, I couldn't count on their encouragement when I first locked in on my goals - some close friends thought I was crazy! And, of course, I am! But crazy in a good way, I hope!
    Wow, I could have written your post. I graduated at 55 and got my first job just before turning 56. People think I am nuts and they know it now, LOL!

    Mahage
    The fairly new nurse with 57 years life experience!
  4. by   nurse1717
    Let me join you 2 by saying I got my RN at age 52 (2 years ago). I had been working as an LVN for 6 years while studying through Excelsior. Oh yeah, I was also raising 3 children by myself. So, to all those "late in life career nurses" who are doubting themselves...don't! You can do it and do it well! :wink2:
  5. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from nminodob
    Hey- Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth -I received my AARP card in the mail (turning 55 this year) the same month I got my first job as an RN in the TBI unit at a Level I trauma center ! So I pat myself on the back as well as anyone else who has the audacity to believe in themselves - even though everyone now compliments me on my stamina and determination to succeed, I couldn't count on their encouragement when I first locked in on my goals - some close friends thought I was crazy! And, of course, I am! But crazy in a good way, I hope!

    congrats! Terrific job!
  6. by   foofoo
    Hey! I just graduated in Dec. 2008 from the LPN program and I am 48. I was in the RN program 5 years ago and had to withdraw due to family issues. In our area the RN program is 2 years and only starts one class a year. The LPN program lasts 1 solid year and starts 2 classes a year. I applied the LPN program and graduated from it in the same time it would have taken me to start the RN program again. Now, when I get ready, I can bridge to the RN. It's a lot easier to get into when you are already a LPN. Good luck whichever way you decide to go.

    PS As for worrying about how hard the LPN program is...age doesn't make a difference. I was the oldest in my class and I graduated with the highest grade point average of the whole class.
    Last edit by foofoo on Mar 30, '09
  7. by   Kimmipoo
    Hello all. I am new to the boards and am pretty excited about this. I start my clinicals in 5 months. I am 37 and my husband think it is funny that i will graduate from nursing school a month before my twins graduate from high school. I am so looking forward to a new career!!
  8. by   jacque38
    I am 47 years old and I am a junior and will be graduating with my BSN in May 2010. Go for it.
  9. by   ICAN!
    Quote from nminodob
    hey- just wanted to add my 2 cents worth -i received my aarp card in the mail (turning 55 this year) the same month i got my first job as an rn in the tbi unit at a level i trauma center ! so i pat myself on the back as well as anyone else who has the audacity to believe in themselves - even though everyone now compliments me on my stamina and determination to succeed, i couldn't count on their encouragement when i first locked in on my goals - some close friends thought i was crazy! and, of course, i am! but crazy in a good way, i hope!
    congratulations on your first job! i will be 49 this fall when i start ns and am very encouraged by posts such as yours. i also have some close friends and family members who think i'm a little crazy for doing this. i'm doing it anyway because it is a life long dream. oh yea! i will be graduating when two of my kids graduate college.
  10. by   nursearoo
    Oh yes.....and it took me a looooooong time...I wanted to be a hairdresser since I was a kid....so fast forward I was just turning 21, married a year and had my daughter, she got deathly ill at 3 weeks old from meningitis/encephalitis and almost dies. She is totally disabled and shouldn't even be alive today.......so I started hairdressing school when she was 3 and then had to drop out because no one but me was able to care for her.....couldn't work due to many medical appts weekly with her before this like 3 a week for the 1st 3 years, then in & out of hospitals for her multiple times a year for pnuemonia, surgeries, etc year after year.......now unable to work again due to her needs and having to call out 1-3x weekly from work....getting fired due to that etc.......finally when I was 31 I started taking 1-2 college classes a semester working my way up until I got all my pre req's done.....and finally got into nursing school ( at the encouragement of my daughters nurses at home)...finished a whole year and ended up having panic attacks/anxiety so bad I had to withdraw from school.....then my daughter got sick with sepsis and literally was dying but then miraculously somehow turned around.......but vent dependant, 02 dependant etc.....that fall I started all over again from the very start in nursing to finally graduate and become a nurse. My daughter was in the hospital a few times but I kept plugging away and all the hospital people knew us so well they even were helping me get through it, so I'd be going to school then to the hospital and everything just trying to get through it....and I can't believe how I did it but I did.......and it was all worth it......it took me 7 years from the very start of my pre reqs until officially finishing and becoming a nurse at 38 yo and I am now 40......and I still want to continue on for my BSN and even my MSN and possibly my CRNA someday.......I never thought I would be a nurse ......and here I am....I had 7 people in my class over 50 who graduated......so you are NEVER too old ever........even if you don't actually work as a nurse an education is never wasted........ Go for it!!!
  11. by   TuTonka
    You are a nurse in calling...I welcome you whole heartedly and wish you the best life can offer.



    TuTonka

    PS I was 38 yrs old when I got my RN after 17 yrs as an LPN. If you want something bad enough you will find a way. Oh, BTW i will turn 55 in about a month.
    Last edit by TuTonka on Apr 17, '09
  12. by   steve40
    I was 40 when I went back for lpn and recently became a Rn at 45
  13. by   CaroleN199
    I am 60 yrs old and last year passed my NCLEX LPN boards in PA. I have been working as a nurse in LTC for 8 mos now. It really is very stressful somedays and very rewarding as well. Always a learning curve for me with on the job training. I was a Preschool teacher for years and needed to grow and changed my career. I am blessed with good health and hope to keep up my nursing career as long as I am able. I am studying now for my RN, ASN. Never ever too early to learn and expand. Good luck to you!
    Blessings, Carole

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