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- May 14, '10 by msaerofanI'm glad to have found this post too! I just started this past spring semester, and I've got LOTS of pre-reqs.... I'm 37, will be 38 in June. My "plan" is to get my ADN, then BSN, work a couple yrs, then *hopefully* go to Nurse Anesthetist school. Am I outta my mind??? I would really appreciate any feedback. If it'd be better for me to just do a straight bachelors without stopping at ADN, let me know, too. I live in Missouri, and it seems like this is the lowest-paying state for nurses of all kinds, so that's frustrating! I've also thought about traveling, but have been told I can't out of Missouri? I don't know why. =(
Anyway, I'd appreciate any and all feedback! For those of you who aren't spring chickens, (like me!), congratulations and good luck!!! =)
- May 14, '10 by kmdguyI saw a program on TV recently where a guy was a lawyer for 20 years, and at around age 50 got sick of it. He quit and started Med school fresh. He was now in his 60s and heading up a Level 1 trauma unit as a surgeon. It took him a while, as you can expect, but he loves what he does. Age is just a number and shouldn't be used as a delineation line between you "can" and you "can't". Just do. (hmm, sounds almost Yoda-esque).
- May 14, '10 by abcrazyNickiLPN,
I just turned 40 and am about to take the next step in continuing a life long dream that I have always wanted to become a nurse...I have taken the steps thru the years from CNA to MA and now to LPN...I am very nervous but wanted to see how your have been doing with it late in life also...thanks
- May 16, '10 by fullofenergyHi everyone! I am glad to find this site also. I am starting the RN program at 48. I have done many different types of jobs in the chemistry field up until now. I have been a part-time community college instructor for the past decade. It took me a long time to come around to changing my career.
My dilemna now is that I would like to continue on in nursing to the BSN then the NP. I believe this might take a long time now if I go step-by-step. My reason for getting the RN first is that I don't want to get into debt at this time in my life. I also think it takes awhile to learn a new field especially when you are older. I was in accelerated program to the BSN and left for the more traditional program. In the long run, this should work for me. I also believe that getting that first job is tough right now since new grads don't have experience. I hope the economy improves as I graduate in 2012. Any suggestions about pursuing the advanced degrees? What about the possible new standards for the DNP to practice as an Nurse Practioner in 2015?
- May 16, '10 by pattywattQuote from toddsterI am 49 amd I will be starting the Nursing Program in the Fall of this year!! I have a daughter with dissabilities and was a stay at mom taking care of her she is now 31 years old and is in a facility where she making so much progress, but that was a decision that I had to make for her well being, and she is doing fine. So now I am going back to school and I am glad that I found this site!! I thank God for hearing my prayers and will do my very best to live a good life!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 number of reasons am looking at a career as a Nurse as a possibility. I am a 44/yo Male with a BA and a Masters degree, though not in life sciences, BA in business and Masters in Information Systems. I would be most appreciative to anyone with similar circomstances to share their experiences. I will be reposting this every few days so If I offend, I extend my humble appology in advance.
- Jun 27, '10 by exploringnursingi'm also glad to know that i'm not alone. i have always wanted to be a nurse. i am 32. i am taking my pre-reqs now. i plan to start an ABSN program in Spring 2011. i am so excited! best wishes to everyone in their new careers!!!
- Jun 28, '10 by bednar275Well, I'm feeling encouraged reading all your posts, I will be 38 next week, and just signed up for CNA classes, I know its the bottom rung of the ladder, but I am planning on getting my MA and phlebotomy certifications too. I have hemmed and hawed for about 6 months, but I am going for it, good luck, all.
- Jun 28, '10 by opensailsI just finished an accelerated BSN program and the age range was fantastic. Its nice to see so many people starting nursing from all walks of life.
- Jul 14, '10 by patientlywaitinagainI will be 42 by the time I start (hopefully) next month. Hopefully, I get my ADN by December of 2012.
- Jul 16, '10 by testing109I 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.