Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 62

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   AllieKat
    mswhite,

    thank you for your advice. actually, i keep going back and forth with whether i should do the part-time local lpn program or the rn program. if the lpn program was full-time and only like a year that would make my decision so much easier. if i do the lpn program then the rn it'll take 3 years to complete instead of 2 years. i live 1 hour from a college which would be fine but in the winters it can be very difficult. western new york is known for its brutal winters so that is my concern. i plan to contact the nursing program and see what kind of options might be available. suny actually has an online program; not for the whole nursing program but some of it and it's recognized as a traditional program, not an online course.

    i was previously in college, and time management was definitely key to my success. if i had been working i know i couldn't have accomplished it. my husband was very supportive and would take our kids somewhere if i needed to finish an assignment. i totally relate to the exhaustion of being in school and being a little older and having been out of school for many years. it was definitely a major adjustment, to say the least. i am determined. i will eventually be a nurse. i just need to figure out which path i can take to get there....

    good luck to you!
  2. by   AllieKat
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    [color=#556b2f]ok, so i spoke to someone in the nursing department, and i am feeling alot more reassured. she let me know what the prerequisites i would need would be and that it is entirely possible to attend college in 2010 in the fall. there are several people from my area that attend the program as well. i made an appointment to go meet with an admissions counselor and get a tour of the nursing campus next week. i would be able to complete the program in 5 semesters (2 1/2 years). she informed me i will have to re-take anatomy & physiology i & ii since the ones i took didn't include labs, but they will count towards a biology prereq. so it wasn't a total loss and i kinda had a refresher in it so i'll know what to expect from it. i am feeling very optimistic now!
  3. by   VegasPrincess
    I was 44 when I graduated from my ADN program (6 years ago now) and 48 when I got my BSN. Now I am considering an MSN. So, never too late to start a new career.
  4. by   oldiebutgoodie
    BSN at 52.

    Certified in wound and ostomy care at 54.

    Will have MSN/CNS at age 57.

    Age is what you make of it.

    I plan on working at least into my 70's. Retirement? Ecch.

    Cheers,
    Oldiebutgoodie
  5. by   marybeth2
    i have anothe r age question, i am 53 have a bachelor's degree from 30 yrs ago, yikes, would love to get rn bsn and become nurse practioner, live in a rural Mo area. But want to do it asap. grades weren't so hot in college, and i don't want to start all over completely, but want to get some credit for my time all those years ago, doyou think i could do an accelerated program somewhere? or am I just too old i would love to be a nurse practioner, but dont want to be a hospital nurse setting. thanks for your help
  6. by   peaceful
    Realistically it could take many years to reach NP degree. Add a couple of years to get your prereqs out of the way unless you have already microbiology, anatomy I and II, chemistry (2 semesters). Prereqs required for any BSN program acelerated or not. BSN required prior to NP program. BSN takes usually 3 years (must do clinicals in hospital setting during BSN program, can not get RN without hospital based clinicals). NP program two to three years. Soooo....a long, winding road, worth it, if you have the passion to jump the hurdles. Believe me, they make you jump so high through each hurdle. I have made it so far to BSN. I am going to be starting NP program at 52 years old. Don't let age hold you back but be sure this is what you want.
  7. by   valkyria
    i am 42, with a severe traumatic brain injury. i have 2 batchelors ( one in nursing and one in education/sociology) and a masters in human resource development and admin. i want to go back for my np now instead of my phd. i gave up being a mom after 4 cycles of infertility, 3 pregnancy nightmares that resulted. i could say, i wish i would have ...but, the time is now and i would not be the woman i am now to say that had i not had such experiences. i admire all you ladies who go after your dreams no matter what. i am following my star too.
  8. by   peaceful
    You will be such a wonderful NP with your life experience. Do you know which school your going to go for? Great that you made the decision for NP, that is half the battle, the decion making for which direction.
  9. by   marybeth2
    i have so much to think about i made my first appointment with a school to talkabout if i can get into a two year rn school and let them waive some general requirements, then try finish that program then see then there is a local rn bsn program through a hospital-college, then i have read about nurse practioner programs on line. i hope i can do all of this i am so glad i found this forum i am going to need all the inspiration i can muster over these next months years thanks for your encouragement
  10. by   marybeth2
    for those who are exploring, I found a site you might look at, University of Central Missouri has a RN to BSN on line, if you are self motivated you could complete in a year, also has an nurse practioner program on line, just some info to share to those out there in Missouri looking at options, there are lots of things to consider and lots of options for people looking at the nursing profession
  11. by   marybeth2
    I do have to say, as I have started looking down the path of the NP career, I have received great advice from those in the field of nursing. One of the people I spoke with asked me why I wanted to be an NP and I told her it interested my more than nursing, as she said, well you are a nurse, and I really had to back up for a minute and realize, that maybe I had to think a little harder about that issue. She advised me to job shadow with an FNP and see if it was what ireally thought what it might be.
  12. by   Leanne Garretson
    i haev started late as well, i am 35 and have 9 and 1/2 months lef tof nursing school,,you can do it,,and congratulations!!
    Quote from alliekat

    [color=#556b2f]ok, so i spoke to someone in the nursing department, and i am feeling alot more reassured. she let me know what the prerequisites i would need would be and that it is entirely possible to attend college in 2010 in the fall. there are several people from my area that attend the program as well. i made an appointment to go meet with an admissions counselor and get a tour of the nursing campus next week. i would be able to complete the program in 5 semesters (2 1/2 years). she informed me i will have to re-take anatomy & physiology i & ii since the ones i took didn't include labs, but they will count towards a biology prereq. so it wasn't a total loss and i kinda had a refresher in it so i'll know what to expect from it. i am feeling very optimistic now!
  13. by   michigancma
    Hi Todd!

    I'm nearly 42 and pursuing my ADN (RN). It's never "too late." Go for it!

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