Suggestions on entering nursing field

  1. Happy New Year everyone.

    I'm recently retired military and want to pursue a career change into the nursing field. I have been researching this field to determine where I would like to hang my hat. However, I'm undecided about the best route to take to accomplish my goals. Any administrators out there or HR managers who would be willing to advise on the best way to enter into this field. I've been informed it would be advisable to become a CNA and go up from there. Others say to enter as an LPN. My interest would be to become an RN eventually. However, my young age of 53 may limit my getting there. My people skills are excellent due to my years of experience in civilian and military. Being involved in Desert Storm and other conflicts there is not much that rattles me. I've seen much and stand firm in the toughest times.

    Any suggestions. Enjoyed speaking and sharing thoughts. Thanks,
    Andrew
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  3. by   Autumn21
    Hey Andrew,
    Go for it! As evidenced by my allnurses.com name, age really isn't an issue for me. Still everyone has obsticles. Why should age be an issue for you?
  4. by   NoDayButToday
    Quote from andrew2
    Happy New Year everyone.

    I'm recently retired military and want to pursue a career change into the nursing field. I have been researching this field to determine where I would like to hang my hat. However, I'm undecided about the best route to take to accomplish my goals. Any administrators out there or HR managers who would be willing to advise on the best way to enter into this field. I've been informed it would be advisable to become a CNA and go up from there. Others say to enter as an LPN. My interest would be to become an RN eventually. However, my young age of 53 may limit my getting there. My people skills are excellent due to my years of experience in civilian and military. Being involved in Desert Storm and other conflicts there is not much that rattles me. I've seen much and stand firm in the toughest times.

    Any suggestions. Enjoyed speaking and sharing thoughts. Thanks,
    Andrew
    ANDREW! Follow Your Dreams! I feel like the roles of LPNs and CNAs are extremely different. If you want to become and RN I think LPN would be a better way to see if you like it. Community Colleges allow you to get your RN in 2yrs, and if you already have a bachelors you can even do an excellerated 13month (i think it's 13) course to become an RN. DO NOT go into this thinking that you are too old! If you have a passion for healing and caring for others you can become a nurse at any age! "Live the Life You Have Imagined" -Henry David Thoreau Good Luck with Everything, You'll be incredible if you stay strong and BELIEVE in YOURSELF!
  5. by   Thunderwolf
    Andy, if you want your RN...go for it! The question you need to ask is do you want the 2 year degree or the 4 year? What are your dreams, pal? Let that be your guiding light!
    Ex-Army here....came out in 1985. Wish you the best!!!
    Welcome to allnurses!!!!!!!!!!!!

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