Late bloomer!

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    People in the USA are now living longer and able to work more years than they have in the past. That is one of the reasons I went back to school for nursing at age 52 and graduated at age 54 and started my first nursing job at age 55.

    I am the only person I know who has done it this late in life, but I am now making more money than I have ever made. I am not working the long hard hours that I used to work to make ends meet. I am doing something for humanity.

    I am really happy I did it. This is probably the best decision I ever made in my life. I only wish I had done it 20 years ago.

    I truly love being a nurse. By the way, I work in a long-term acute care facilty called Grace Hospital here in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    Congrats Ann, Hope that you will have many years of a rewarding career I have a fellow RN that graduated a local Community College at age 60. When she started the teachers were not very supportive of her. But she graduated TOP of her class and enjoys wha she does everyday.
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    I became an RN at age 47. So I understand where you are coming from. I plan on going back to school next fall to start a DNP program, hopefully graduating by age 52. I love what I do, I graduated high up in the ranks as well, good job! I don't regret one moment of my life, it is because of my life that I have entered the nursing realm.
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    Yes, Great for you! My family (I am first generation Seattleite) is from Cleveland. I loved to visit every other summer. I am glad you are happy with your career! I am so glad to hear that all this work is totally worth it
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    That's funny! Seattleite. A long way from Cleveland, Ohio.
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    You are an inspiration, ANNSY54. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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    Did you have a hard time finding a job?
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    Cleveland is the home of the famous Cleveland Clinic. The jobs are not easy to get. Most hospitals want the younger girls.
    I put in approximately 450 applications to have 5 interviews and got 2 jobs. I resigned from one after 2 weeks, and kept the LTAC one at Grace Hospital. I love it.
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    I love these stories...well I'll be in my 40's before I graduate...better late then never!!!

    Congrats Ann and thanks for sharing.
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    I've encountered boomers who went to nursing school and entered the field of nursing later in their career life. So far, they have been the co-workers people of all generations seem to respect and hold in high esteem. To have the work ethic & life experiences of a boomer and the fresh outlook & eagerness to learn of a rookie is a great combination! Yes, I realize I'm making generalizations, but I love the hybrids I work with in nursing!
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