Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 73

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   lollila
    I figure we may be in our later 40's when we graduate, but what better way to work towards our retirement, then doing something we so desire to do!
  2. by   rnwannabesoon
    I envy all of you for pursuing your dreams. Mine might have to be put on hold. I just took on a new position at work that requires me to work overtime 3 days a month (MTW) so that means that I can't really take any class on those days which leaves me Thursdays only (Due to the budget cuts, the community college I want to go to seldom has Friday and Saturday classes). I was so torn when I made this decision. I have a baby and I feel like I have to work and earn a living first before pursuing my dream. Maybe I'll take a class or something this summer but I don't want to burden my husband by asking him to pickup the baby from day care when i can't.

    I enjoy reading the threads here but it makes me sad knowing that I can't really pursue my dream at this point in my life. There are so many classes to take and who knows if I can get into the nursing program immediately. That is the reason why I accepted this new job.

    Good luck to everyone who are pursuing their dream of becoming a nurse. I will be praying for your success. Study hard and don't let this opportunity slip by. When times get tough and you think you want to quit, think of those people who wants to be in your shoes but can't. Be thankful. I know you will be great nurses one day.
  3. by   mtistoi
    Hi there
    Sorry this is not the ideal time for you to pursue your career, but if you can wait, so much the better. It's harder to do with children anyway. Would you have an opportunity to at least do the A&P to get that out of the way? The course will still be there when you are ready and have more time. I was about 55 when I started, so I'm sure it's not too late for you. When I was going to LPN school both my husband and I had been laid off and, consequently, we lost our home to foreclosure as well. It wasn't easy to concentrate onmy studies while going through this, but I'm glad I persevered and that I now enjoy what I am doing. Good luck all, and keep on keeping on!
  4. by   1Singlemom
    Hello there to ALL the strong Men and Women entering Nursing after raising their ochildren and looking after their families first. I worked with a Lady not to long ago, that graduated with her ADN at the age of 60 . Her teachers discouraged her at first and told her that she was to old. By the end of the program all the YOUNG hopefuls that the teachers had picked as sure fire graduates , had failed out of the program.
    This just shows , the more seasoned adults know how to handle difficult situations and can make adjustments when needed . Most young people hope to learn this later in life .
    I am 41 yrs old and will graduate in one week with my ADN from an LPN-RN fast - track program that had 400 + applicants and chose 10 students. I became a LPN in 2008 after working in a Group home for 16 years.
  5. by   LREED
    Quote from RTLain29
    Hi everyone,
    I am 47 years old and I have been going back and forth with nursing. I went to school for medical assistant, but its hard to get a job as a medical assistant if you do not have experience. Then I starting thinking about the Occupational Therapy Assistant, until I recently found out that there is an LPN program starting at Bauder College. Unfortunately, the cost is $29,000. Nursing has always been my passion but I just need to get the AGE thing out of my mind and do it. Any advice will help.
    Hi There,
    All I can offer is my personal thoughts which are go for it!!! I have tried many careers in the health care field and I always go back to wanting to be a nurse. I have gone back and forth for 10 years because of finances and family but now at 35 I'm glad I made the decision to do it. It would have haunted me if I didn't
  6. by   SWS RN
    I just wanted to say to everybody GO FOR IT!! and for those of you who have...WELL DONE!!
    I started RN school when I was 40, got my ADN, then went on to get my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Health administration.
    You know, the time will pass whether or not you do this, so just grit your teeth and jump in...
    it goes by in the blink of an eye.
    I can't believe it's now been 21 years....(my age is showing) and I am still going strong.
    Peace and Love to all
  7. by   WINGSLPN
    Quote from rnwannabesoon
    I envy all of you for pursuing your dreams. Mine might have to be put on hold. I just took on a new position at work that requires me to work overtime 3 days a month (MTW) so that means that I can't really take any class on those days which leaves me Thursdays only (Due to the budget cuts, the community college I want to go to seldom has Friday and Saturday classes). I was so torn when I made this decision. I have a baby and I feel like I have to work and earn a living first before pursuing my dream. Maybe I'll take a class or something this summer but I don't want to burden my husband by asking him to pickup the baby from day care when i can't.

    I enjoy reading the threads here but it makes me sad knowing that I can't really pursue my dream at this point in my life. There are so many classes to take and who knows if I can get into the nursing program immediately. That is the reason why I accepted this new job.

    Good luck to everyone who are pursuing their dream of becoming a nurse. I will be praying for your success. Study hard and don't let this opportunity slip by. When times get tough and you think you want to quit, think of those people who wants to be in your shoes but can't. Be thankful. I know you will be great nurses one day.
    I you. I am 49 and I too choose my children & my husband first which is what a nurse does (always puts others before them). I believe that God choose me to be their mother and it was my duty to raise them and put them first. I love my husband and he works so hard still today even with our young adult children not living with us anymore , which of whom are both in college also. I thought I was too old and too broken down health wise but I really wanted to complete my dreams.

    We are only as old as we want to be. I am 49, feel 80 lol but my head is 21. Hang in there, put it in Gods hands. Good things do come to those who wait.

    Wings
  8. by   WINGSLPN
    Quote from SWS RN
    I just wanted to say to everybody GO FOR IT!! and for those of you who have...WELL DONE!!
    I started RN school when I was 40, got my ADN, then went on to get my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Health administration.
    You know, the time will pass whether or not you do this, so just grit your teeth and jump in...
    it goes by in the blink of an eye.
    I can't believe it's now been 21 years....(my age is showing) and I am still going strong.
    Peace and Love to all
    You are awsome, I volunteer at our local hospital in ER. Last week I got the honor of meeting a aircare flight nurse. she was 65. I was so impresssed with that. Thank you for sharing with us that are beginning our journey. I am scared to death and I doubt myself way too much but I am ready rock at age 49 and I plan to go on for my NP.

    Wings
  9. by   surggirl
    Good for you! I was 2 months shy of 50 when I graduated. I was the class officer, I was presented with the Leadership award, and I gave the speech. This was right before Christmas 2010, and I still have students emailing me about how that speech really spoke to them and their situations. I am a little less able to lend myself to night shifts and my feet start screamin' a little sooner than they did a decade ago, but for the most part, I come across at least 15 years younger than my age. I still have the energy, drive and passion that led me to nursing in the first place. I tried to do this 17 years ago but I had 4 little kids hanging off my skirt and a newborn. I flunked 2nd qtr and when I attempted to pick it up again, I voluntarily gave it up to be home with my kids. Then 18 months later, to keep me in the field I graduated with my AD in surgical technology. So..I finally got that coveted RN. 2 are married now, and 2 are in college and I was so much more successful now than I was THEN.
    It is NOT easy, no matter what age you are but I'm so glad I did it.
    Kudos to you!!
  10. by   lollila
    These are all so inspiring. I am scared to death, but know that if I don't do this now, I will never do it! I do worry too much I know, and I just need to do this. My family has been through so much, that we all know how to bond together and get 'er done!
  11. by   mtistoi
    Go for it, you can do it!!
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  13. by   soffehe
    Are you a student at Bauder? Do you like the program? Can you tell me how the schedule is?

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