Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 94

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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... Read More


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    Hello -

    I am a 42 year old mother of 4, returning to school hopefully this October for RN. I am very nervous about starting back as well, but this is something I have wanted to do since I was very young, but life got in the way. I had a very good job for the past 10 years, and felt that I couldn't quit my job to go back to school...but had always said if I was laid off that is what I would do, well, I was let go on 3/25, so I got the ball immediately rolling to go back to school. My home situation is tough, as my husband is disabled, so I was the one carrying our insurance, and we have many health issues in the family, one son is a juvenile diabetic, my husband has several back issues, and I myself am recovering from major surgery from last February, where they removed my pancreas, and transplanted my islet cells into my liver. They also removed my spleen, and appendix, and shortened my colon. I am now a Type 1 diabetic and have several chronic pain issues related to all of this, but I am so determined to use these experiences to help me be the best nurse I can be, and to be that nurse who gets their patients through those types of medical issues. I had great medical care during all of this, and it was my GI nurse who got me the referral to the University of MN to have my surgery done, as she is also a patient of theirs. My doctor has signed off on my health release, and feels that all of my "unique" experiences, as she put it, will make me a good nurse. I am nervous about my stamina, but she said by the time I start clinicals I should be doing much better, and she feels that I can do this. I am so glad to have found this website, as it has been very informative.

    I guess to make a long story short, LOL, it's never too late to go back to school...and we can overcome any obstacle to do what our dream is.

    I wish all the best of luck!
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    Congrats to everyone who came to the career later in life!
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    You all make me feel so much better about returning to finish my dreams. I honestly believe I will see 90 year old nurses working the units some day.

    Wings
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    Quote from lollila
    Hello -

    I am a 42 year old mother of 4, returning to school hopefully this October for RN. I am very nervous about starting back as well, but this is something I have wanted to do since I was very young, but life got in the way. I had a very good job for the past 10 years, and felt that I couldn't quit my job to go back to school...but had always said if I was laid off that is what I would do, well, I was let go on 3/25, so I got the ball immediately rolling to go back to school. My home situation is tough, as my husband is disabled, so I was the one carrying our insurance, and we have many health issues in the family, one son is a juvenile diabetic, my husband has several back issues, and I myself am recovering from major surgery from last February, where they removed my pancreas, and transplanted my islet cells into my liver. They also removed my spleen, and appendix, and shortened my colon. I am now a Type 1 diabetic and have several chronic pain issues related to all of this, but I am so determined to use these experiences to help me be the best nurse I can be, and to be that nurse who gets their patients through those types of medical issues. I had great medical care during all of this, and it was my GI nurse who got me the referral to the University of MN to have my surgery done, as she is also a patient of theirs. My doctor has signed off on my health release, and feels that all of my "unique" experiences, as she put it, will make me a good nurse. I am nervous about my stamina, but she said by the time I start clinicals I should be doing much better, and she feels that I can do this. I am so glad to have found this website, as it has been very informative.

    I guess to make a long story short, LOL, it's never too late to go back to school...and we can overcome any obstacle to do what our dream is.

    I wish all the best of luck!
    Bless your heart, this is a wonderful post. It is amazing how much a person can go through and still keep on trucking (showing my age with that quote ). I think your doctor is right, your unique experiences will be an asset to your nursing career. Good luck to you and keep the faith, it is going to be a wonderful ride. Be BLESSED!!
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    Thank you so much. It has been tough, but I believe that everything happens for a reason, and this is mine!
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    Thank you for sharing that ! I will be 40 in 3 months and I am waiting to hear back from two colleges I applied to - so, I'll be in my 40s IF and when I graduate.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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