Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 75

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   loveofpugs
    I too went to nursing school late as a second career. After @20 years in logistics(transportation manager & warehouse manager) I needed more of a challenge and wished I had become a nurse years ago. My daughter (a new RN) talked me into trying the accelerated option and by God's grace I made it. Now with BSN for almost 2 years, still difficult to find job without lots of experience-frustrating. Guess I'll be in long term care for long time.
  2. by   CEAbbott
    I'm 53 - will be 54 in January. I just went today to the Community College in my county to inquire about the nursing program there. Of course, if I can start classes by next week, I would have to re-take all my science courses I passed years ago, and possibly have to take an entrance exams for the college; i.e., english and math. I never had chemistry or micro biology, so would need to take those courses as well. It seems daunting to think about, but the thought of becoming a nurse has been with me for years and years. At present I am a Dental Assistant. I went to school for it 2 1/2 years ago and I thought THAT was tough! But I put this all in God's hands and pray that if it is His will for my life - I will soon find myself back in school part-time nights undergoing the long journey that will hopefully take me to a new career in nursing. Hopefully by the time I'm 56, I'll be a nurse! God bless to everyone!
  3. by   sabatical
    what if one has a intellectual disability.......then life is not so full of achievements and accomplishments.
  4. by   Overland1
    Did my "change of life" @ ~40 years old, and wishing I had done it twenty years earlier. Now, approaching twenty years later, I have no other regrets about my choice.

    The most difficult part about the change was coming from a profession that had absolutely nothing to do with Nursing, although being a volunteer EMT helped some, and was probably part of what prompted my decision.
  5. by   darriz1
    Hello gettingbsn2msn:

    I am 45 years old and I'm a career changer as well. I have a BS & MBA in non-nursing disciplines and have thought I might be too old to go back an pursue a nursing degree. I will be applying to an ADN program (offered during evenings) and once I pass the boards, I intend to go straight into an RN-MSN degree program. I would love to become a nurse educator, however I'm leaving my options open. Glad you and others on this post had the courage to get back in the ring and tuff it out! Congratulations!!!!
    -darriz1
  6. by   evelynkarirn
    I was also 44 when I started my BSN. Now I also have a MSN, am a nurse educator and doing a post-mater's NP (family and psych).

    You can do this! Just remember, the youngsters have liquid intelligence, but we have crystal intelligence (and life experience). Go for it!!!
  7. by   packfan007
    I started my nursing career (college) @ 39. I was not even close to being the oldest in the class. I found that the older students did very well.!
  8. by   bluemartian
    I just wished the windows of opportunity are available for new nurses over 40.
  9. by   dreamt2banurse
    Hi! I am 42 with a husband and 5 children and I just finished nursing school last week! It was really tough but with my familyand friend support I made it! Good Luck!
  10. by   DixieRedHead
    LPN @ 47, RN @ 50. Retire in 24 months. YAY!
  11. by   jrivers
    i think that that we are where we are at exactly the right time. i don't believe that I would be the competent nurse which I am becoming without the life experience I hav
    e had.
  12. by   Derek1975
    Going for Nursing pre-reqs age 36. Will get out of nursing school lord knows when, 40 maybe? I'm glad I decided when I did, I didn't have the discipline when I was younger that I do now. Experience is the key.
  13. by   AZ_LPN_8_26_13
    I am in the second semester of nursing school (ADN for RN) and I am 58 years old. I am a guy who has had lots of life experiences, and I relate to patients very well (I am a nurse's aide in a large hospital also) as I am of the same generation as many of my patients. Although I'm generally not given much credit for this from both fellow students, or co-workers most of all of them in their twenty-somethings, I honestly believe I have a certain amount of wisdom and insight that only life experience brings. I don't talk down to my patients or treat them like they are freaks, partly because I am one of them. Why did I wait this long to become a nurse? I have done many things over the years and I've been told by my "pilot in the sky" that it's time to do something that gives to others. Of course being paid well, a certain amount of job security, and amazing career opportunities are nice too, but then I am now inclined to believe that He had it all planned this way from the beginning. Psalm 139: "All the pages of the book that is my life were written before a day of them was ever lived".

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