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Becoming a Nurse After 40

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by PacoUSA PacoUSA, BSN, RN (Member) Member Nurse

PacoUSA has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PCU / Telemetry.

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I am starting the Rn program this coming fall. i am very excited, but extremely nervous. I will be 41 years old. I have three young children and thankfully have very supposrtive husband. my kids are 8,6,4.we do not have family around, so this will be my first year getting a "babysitter" just to make sure the two older ones get off the bus and iwll keep an eye on them until myself or husband gets home and will need to take them to the neighbors to get them off to school for me. its very hard for me not to be here when they get home,im always nervous they will miss the bus or get on the wrong one. ugh!!!!! then will my baby she will be in preschool but also will be in the daycare area when preschool hours are done. this is hard on both of us, since she doesn't like change and shes only away from me no more then 2 hours ( of course when I work its longer, but shes home with daddy).. I know its going to be alot of work and alot of study time, i just feel bad for my kids, I feel like im ignoring them, I already feel like that now and that just with the prereqs. I don't think about my age to often, but I find myself thiking more about it when i see alot of young people around be already have there career going. im so tried now, geez how tired iwll I be when it actually starts,

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jpw4200 has 2 years experience and specializes in PBMT.

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Kathryn2015- what kind of program are you in? How long will it take? Does it go throughout the summers?

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I am in my 50's. I could never get a job at a hospital med/surg. I graduated with honors at 48. Any suggestions? A BSN.

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PacoUSA has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PCU / Telemetry.

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I am in my 50's. I could never get a job at a hospital med/surg. I graduated with honors at 48. Any suggestions? A BSN.

You keep trying and never give up. Someone will hire you. My classmate was 62 when she was hired as a MS tele nurse and has since successfully transitioned to case management now at 67. Networking is also the key!

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I earned my BSN at 48. The economy was very bad at that time and locally, I could not get a floor nursing job. Currently, I have over 100 client case load. This is not in a hospital. In order to move forward, it looks like I need to have the floor nursing experience. Can anyone suggest how to get in at a hospital? If they are crying for nurses, what is the roadblock for an honors graduate nurse with developmental disabilities training and many other nursing skills?

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tacticool has 3 years experience and specializes in BSN, RN-BC, NREMT, EMT-P, TCRN.

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58yo and got hired right away. Northeast Florida locale.

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airasalia has 1 years experience.

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I feel you on feeling embarrassed when people making a fuss. It's for that reason, I'm actually keeping my nursing school a secret to my family. (Not my husband and kids...just everyone else) I prefer to show up to the next family thing and say something like this: "I'm quitting my job...because I got my RN license and got hired at Super Hospital". I'm already playing out this movie and moment. I'll be 41 this year. I almost feel like 40 is a rebirth. I realize I've made it 25 years in the work world....and I have at least 25 more to go. There's no reason I can't change things up and have more fun! :) BE ALL YOU CAN. #onelife

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airasalia has 1 years experience.

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58yo and got hired right away. Northeast Florida locale.

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So encouraging! Thank you!

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airasalia has 1 years experience.

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40 is a little old to start nursing. It is physically demanding and we all start declining at 30.

I am 60, can make 8 hours... but feel pretty beat up after. I have(younger) friends that are already on disability .

38 percent of nurses report back problems. There are many more types of injuries on this job.

Despite having the dream of nursing... the reality is ...it is BRUTAL work. Starting in your 40's , even if you only need to work 5 years to learn "raw" nursing ( an interesting choice of words as it is WILL rub you raw) is not a wise idea.

Well...isn't that living? LIFE is brutal and raw. Plus not all bodies are built the same. I rock climbed, kayaked, parachuted, sky dove, froze my fingers ice climbing........etc...etc... I've beat my body and it's never stopped me.

I could choose to accept that it's brutal and just be like...oh well...my body is old OR...I could jump all in and choose to believe that this will be another great adventure! Belief is almost everything in life.

"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind."

I would 100% much prefer to pursue this new career than to ever regret not trying. I know for sure when I breathe my last breath that I won't ever say I could have...should have...almost did.....

I will say: "I did!"

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airasalia has 1 years experience.

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In response to the school that tries to weed out over 40, men and gays....

Ha! I'd love to go head to head with this!

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