Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 63

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   deanna1971
    I am 38, have 3 kids, have a very busy dayhome, am a doula and am now beginning the journey of becoming an LPN... I know if I don't give it a shot, I am going to regret it forever. I also think its never too late and good for you!!! I am going to continue working full time with my dayhome, and take my LPN as a distance program, working on my studies at night. I know its going to be hard, but I'm wanting this so bad!!
  2. by   my3busyboys
    I started at age 34, graduated at age 37 and I've been a RN for almost two years now. Have three boys, two dogs and held a full time job while in school. Anything is possible. Best decision I ever made.
  3. by   labchic
    I'm 40 and I'm working on my pre-reqs right now. The way I look at it is that I have 20+ years of working left to do, why not go to nursing school. My main question is how much in student loans is too much at this age? I'm a paycheck to paycheck person as it is so I now that I"m going to have to take out loans.
  4. by   LeLeeFNP
    hello,

    first I want to thank you for posting this thread. I just graduated from nursing school this may at the age of 27 and I was feeling that was too old. I now see that many others are in a similar situation which is very inspiring. I have my ADN but aspire to go for my bsn and msn and now i still feel that I have time to pursue this.

    I originally went to school and got at BA in Communication. I found a job out of school earning good money but hated it. It was a sales job. two years later i went back for nursing. I don't regret it at all. Even though the economy is tight right now for many nurses, especially new grads, I still feel like I am in a better situation that I would have been hadn't I gone back to school.

    Good luck!
  5. by   Dcrane
    Well I just turned 39 and decided I can't do the business thing anymore-I'm in my first pre-requ (human anatomy) and I think I'll become an LPN first-it's going to be hard as I have to work through school...but thanks to everyone for sharing-I decided that I have to work at least 20 more years and I don't want to be miserable career wise anymore...
  6. by   itsmejuli
    I'm 46, just got my LPN license and have applied for the RN transition program. I hope to have my BSN by 50.

    Its a great age to start a new career. My kids are grown and gone and I'm single. I can go anywhere on the planet and be a nurse.
  7. by   Dcrane
    Wow! What made you become a LPN instead of going straight into your RN?
  8. by   karenchad
    according to alot of other posts- us older nurses(baby boomers) are ready for the bone yard, or a LTC eating pureed diets with walkers and psychotropic meds.
  9. by   Dcrane
    ha ha ha! Well the baby boomers I've met are not even ready to retire-that is why I'm seriously trying to change careers-I have at least 25-30 more years to work (who wants to sit home everyday).
  10. by   itsmejuli
    Quote from Dcrane
    Wow! What made you become a LPN instead of going straight into your RN?
    A couple of reasons.

    I was working on the pre-reqs and when I applied for the RN program I was turned down. My gpa at 3.6 wasn't high enough.

    Plus I hadn't any medical experience, so by going through LPN I could find out if I actually like nursing. The nursing school I went to for LPN also does RN, so I could have bridged there but they wouldn't take 4 of my pre-reqs, the cost was too much and they added an extra quarter for a computer class I didn't need. LPN-RN at my local college is first come first served. I applied for the May 2010 start date as soon as my license posted on the FLBON.

    But had I known about a PCT-RN program at our local hospital I would have gone that route. Oh well.

    So next week I'm doing a 30 hour IV cert class then the following week I'm doing ACLS. Then I hope I can get a decent job as an LPN.

    I really enjoyed doing clinicals and love the older patients. I'd love to specialize in cardiac care.

    I'd love to get a position in the new Cleveland Clinic being built in Abu Dahbi.

    I'm at an advantage at this stage in my life, I'm single and my kids are grown. I can go anywhere...once I sell my house. In preparation, I'll be putting my house on the market early next year. Got to be ready to leave the state if there's still few positions for new grads in 2012 in this market.
  11. by   Dcrane
    Quote from itsmejuli
    A couple of reasons.

    I was working on the pre-reqs and when I applied for the RN program I was turned down. My gpa at 3.6 wasn't high enough.

    Plus I hadn't any medical experience, so by going through LPN I could find out if I actually like nursing. The nursing school I went to for LPN also does RN, so I could have bridged there but they wouldn't take 4 of my pre-reqs, the cost was too much and they added an extra quarter for a computer class I didn't need. LPN-RN at my local college is first come first served. I applied for the May 2010 start date as soon as my license posted on the FLBON.

    But had I known about a PCT-RN program at our local hospital I would have gone that route. Oh well.

    So next week I'm doing a 30 hour IV cert class then the following week I'm doing ACLS. Then I hope I can get a decent job as an LPN.

    I really enjoyed doing clinicals and love the older patients. I'd love to specialize in cardiac care.

    I'd love to get a position in the new Cleveland Clinic being built in Abu Dahbi.

    I'm at an advantage at this stage in my life, I'm single and my kids are grown. I can go anywhere...once I sell my house. In preparation, I'll be putting my house on the market early next year. Got to be ready to leave the state if there's still few positions for new grads in 2012 in this market.
    Wow! That is a great story-I have been wanting to do this for a long time and I noticed that so many colleges have waiting lists a mile long-I have a bachelor's degree in Psycology and loved learning about the human body/mind connection -but I couldn't go to school full time for another 6 years to get a PHD-I tried to go the business route-but I'm miserable and my job isn't fullfilling at all-anyway, you are one of the few people who have told me that they went the LPN route & like it-there is a nursing college by me I may check out-no community colleges in my area offer the LPN program-
    I really hope you get a job as well-my prayers are with you-
  12. by   BabyCatchr
    I was going to go straight for my BSN since I already have a bachelor's degree, but I need to start working sooner rather than later and LVN has fewer prereqs, takes less time, and will get me out there working sooner so I get experience. When my kids graduate from high school, I can return for my BSN. I'm a single mom and they need me around to transport them to all their activities & just be there for them. I don't want to miss out on any more of their childhood, as I have already been in college all their lives (bachelor's, teaching cert, loan officer licensing, then nursing prereqs). So I am pretty sure my decision is made and is now 180 from what it was last week. But I am not feeling the stress anymore so I know this is right for us. LVN is one step on a path to my long term career goals.
  13. by   Dcrane
    Quote from BabyCatchr
    I was going to go straight for my BSN since I already have a bachelor's degree, but I need to start working sooner rather than later and LVN has fewer prereqs, takes less time, and will get me out there working sooner so I get experience. When my kids graduate from high school, I can return for my BSN. I'm a single mom and they need me around to transport them to all their activities & just be there for them. I don't want to miss out on any more of their childhood, as I have already been in college all their lives (bachelor's, teaching cert, loan officer licensing, then nursing prereqs). So I am pretty sure my decision is made and is now 180 from what it was last week. But I am not feeling the stress anymore so I know this is right for us. LVN is one step on a path to my long term career goals.
    Wow! You sound like me-(Bachelor degee, grad school, accounting certificate)-I just want to do something that makes a difference and has a lot of options

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