Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 67

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   patientlywaitinagain
    I will be 42 by the time I start (hopefully) next month. Hopefully, I get my ADN by December of 2012.
  2. by   testing109
    I went into the military after just turning 29 to completely start over my career. I had been a transmission tech working for my dad since I was a teenager and got tired of the business, so I tried a variety of different interest and ended up turning to medical. I am not a PO serving in the USN as a FMF Hospital Corpsman. It was a strange feeling walking into basic training surrounded by 18 year old kids.
  3. by   TaylorMade
    Well, I'm turning 43 this fall which is when I'll start the two subjects needed for admission into an Ontario PN course. Assuming that I actually get accepted ... it will be September 2011 or January 2012 before I even begin the 2 year program. So I think I'll be graduating and seeking work when I'm close to 46. I've not done the math actually - too daunting - i could be older than 46. lol.

    And, I am talking about doing a RN bridge program too. ? I have kids and a husband ... maybe my head is in the cloud.

    I'm just trying to stay healthy and fit so I can continue my studies and work as long as possible.
    Last edit by TaylorMade on Jul 17, '10
  4. by   nurse2033
    I was 40 and it was one of the best descisions I have made.
  5. by   krmills38
    I just graduated nursing school on Aug 13, 2010 and I am 41, so no its not to late to start. I think the instructors take us older students more serious than the younger one because they know that we really want to do this and not just there to please our parents.
  6. by   kgkarma
    Quote from TaylorMade
    Well, I'm turning 43 this fall which is when I'll start the two subjects needed for admission into an Ontario PN course. Assuming that I actually get accepted ... it will be September 2011 or January 2012 before I even begin the 2 year program. So I think I'll be graduating and seeking work when I'm close to 46. I've not done the math actually - too daunting - i could be older than 46. lol.

    And, I am talking about doing a RN bridge program too. ? I have kids and a husband ... maybe my head is in the cloud.

    I'm just trying to stay healthy and fit so I can continue my studies and work as long as possible.
    Congratulations and go for it. I became an LPN at 65 years old and love it. Not only was I 65 but was a high school drop out. Received my GED, did all of my pre-req's,became CNA and past the course while many of the younger students flunked out. I'm not saying it was easy because it wasn't, but well worth it. As a matter of fact, there were times when I thought I was going to die but I'm now alive and kicking and been working for almost 2 years now.


    BTW, I had no medical experience nor kids so I didn't even know how to get a temperature. (embarrassed) If I can do it ...
  7. by   passion4people
    Hhmmnn.......what is considered late in life? I want to believe that I have a lot of life in me.....btw I am ???
  8. by   mia100
    I'am 27 and I was thinking I started late...I'am a CNA and I'm about to start school for LPN
  9. by   m_aidez
    Quote from krmills38
    I just graduated nursing school on Aug 13, 2010 and I am 41, so no its not to late to start. I think the instructors take us older students more serious than the younger one because they know that we really want to do this and not just there to please our parents.
    You mean your instructors prefer "mature" students than the "younger" students? Isn't that agism? Not all young students go to nursing school to please their parents. Some are as dedicated as the "older" students.
  10. by   freddiegirl
    started nursing when i was 16 got out of it for years
    going back into it at 48 they say your never to old
  11. by   TSEidson
    I start school this November and in December I turn 50 so I guess you are never to old to follow your dreams. This has been my dream since I was 13 and now I am not going to let anything stand in my way. You go girl!
    Sue
  12. by   ChattylillRN
    I'm 45 and just graduated this past spring. Other than being surrounded by 20 something year old classmates, not that, that was a bad thing mind you, but I did have to get over the feeling of being old enough to be their mother. The great thing, they all accepted me as one of them. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything!
  13. by   NJMEDguy48
    Great to hear from "mature" nurses in this post........ gonna read as many threads in this specific one for encouragement! I must say I am hearing and seeing a mixed bag of thoughts about the nursing field especially as a potential LPN in NJ. If anyone can offer suggestions or other posts regarding my hopeful and eventual migration up the food chain in nursing please again I am all eyes and ears.

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