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Hello all!

Just found this board and am hoping it will be a great support over the next few years. After being out of school for 10 years, I have decided to pursue a degree in nursing. Unfortunetley, most people think I am crazy to make this decision. I am 36, have a three and five year old and have a WELL-PAYING executive level job with the Federal government. I started on my Masters degree in Public Administration a few months ago, but it is just plain obvious that it is not my real love. Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the human body, medicine and the idea of nursing. I was steered towards a degree in business as that was the "place" for women to make the dollars. I am just plain fed up with my bureaucratic job and sitting at a desk all day!!!! I am hoping to complete my pre-nursing courses over the next year (Biology in September and then A&P I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, etc) and begin my journey to Nursing school. I will be blatently honest in saying I am TERRIFIED as I am understand the commitment I am about to take. On the other hand, after reading some of these posts, I KNOW, I am heading in the right direction. Any advice, words of wisdom etc, you all can provide (stories of other moms doing the same, other second-career nursing students, etc) would be VERY, VERY much appreciated!

Thanks!!!

sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

Has 30 years experience. Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

:balloons: Hello and Welcome :balloons:

I'll bet you will do just fine, msulliva!

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

Fonenurse

Specializes in Multiple.

If you feel this is the right move to make, then 'good on ya girl!' Don't listen to people who are disbelievers - money isn't everything, and if you know it is the right move, then go for it!

I tried leaving nursing because of what others said - put nursing down etc. but I ended up coming back - if it's in the blood, it's hard to get rid of, and I don't think somehow you should try - I have been a nurse for 26 years, and I love it.. welcome to the nursing family!

Fun2, BSN, RN

Specializes in Operating Room.

If it's meant to be, you will never be happy anywhere else. Just strive to do your best, and make your motto: "Motivation, Determination, & Dedication!"

BTW, I am 32, with 2 kiddos. I do not have a degree in another field, but I know many do. There are many on here that can help you along the way. Good luck!

OH WAIT...edit, edit, edit!!! I'm not 32 yet, I'll be 32 this November....LOL)

Tweety, BSN, RN

Has 28 years experience. Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

Congrats on following your heart. I could never ever have a desk job. Good luck to you in all that you do! :)

RosesrReder, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 18 years experience.

hello and welcome to the wonderful family of allnurses. glad to have you with us. take care and best of luck to you. :)

Hello all!

Just found this board and am hoping it will be a great support over the next few years. After being out of school for 10 years, I have decided to pursue a degree in nursing. Unfortunetley, most people think I am crazy to make this decision. I am 36, have a three and five year old and have a WELL-PAYING executive level job with the Federal government. I started on my Masters degree in Public Administration a few months ago, but it is just plain obvious that it is not my real love. Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the human body, medicine and the idea of nursing. I was steered towards a degree in business as that was the "place" for women to make the dollars. I am just plain fed up with my bureaucratic job and sitting at a desk all day!!!! I am hoping to complete my pre-nursing courses over the next year (Biology in September and then A&P I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, etc) and begin my journey to Nursing school. I will be blatently honest in saying I am TERRIFIED as I am understand the commitment I am about to take. On the other hand, after reading some of these posts, I KNOW, I am heading in the right direction. Any advice, words of wisdom etc, you all can provide (stories of other moms doing the same, other second-career nursing students, etc) would be VERY, VERY much appreciated!

Thanks!!!

Although, I haven't had a job like yours.. I also started school 10 years after being out of school. I have 2 children, my daughter is almost 2 and my son is 5 weeks old. I can only take one class a semester, but I look at it with a silver lining. I will be able to get the best grades possible. I don't want to have to put my kids in daycare so this works well for me. Take only what you feel you can handle and do your best. Good Luck to you. :D

Howdy! I'm 36 and left a 12 year teaching career to go to nursing school. Life is too short to spend so much time doing something we hate. I am married and have a 2 year old. I'm finding school doable, and it's not forever. I'm so much happier! Go for it!

Hello all!

Just found this board and am hoping it will be a great support over the next few years. After being out of school for 10 years, I have decided to pursue a degree in nursing. Unfortunetley, most people think I am crazy to make this decision. I am 36, have a three and five year old and have a WELL-PAYING executive level job with the Federal government. I started on my Masters degree in Public Administration a few months ago, but it is just plain obvious that it is not my real love. Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the human body, medicine and the idea of nursing. I was steered towards a degree in business as that was the "place" for women to make the dollars. I am just plain fed up with my bureaucratic job and sitting at a desk all day!!!! I am hoping to complete my pre-nursing courses over the next year (Biology in September and then A&P I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, etc) and begin my journey to Nursing school. I will be blatently honest in saying I am TERRIFIED as I am understand the commitment I am about to take. On the other hand, after reading some of these posts, I KNOW, I am heading in the right direction. Any advice, words of wisdom etc, you all can provide (stories of other moms doing the same, other second-career nursing students, etc) would be VERY, VERY much appreciated!

Thanks!!!

Hello, well same as you i also am starting over again I have been out of school for 15 years, a mother of 2 ages 5(boy) and 13 (girl) I start my chemistry and english 111 on monday i'm also scared to death but I want this more than anything. I have wanted to be a Nurse since I was a child and I always helped take care of my grandfather who had heart trouble. I love taking care of people so i know this is my true calling. Also after working in a factory for 12 years i've had enough. Great luck to you, and I think you will find all the support here that you need the people are Great!!

PedsRN&momto5girls

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Pediatris & PICU.

I have five daughters (ages almost 8 all the way down to 3 months and still exclusively breastfeeding the baby). I had a lot of transfers from when I was in college before we had kiddos, however I had a few classes that still needed to be taken. We also homeschool. Obviously with my full time job as a mother there is no study time during the day so it's only done at night after they go to bed (dh has kids when I'm at class). So far I've made all A's: Philosophy, Microbiology, Chemistry, Sociology, and Physiology. I take Nutrition and Anatomy this fall and then start clinicals in January (provided that I get in the program, but I don't see any reason why I won't). Anyway, what I really want to say is that we have a GREAT income too and this isn't something I have to do and people just think I'm absolutely insane for doing it, but like you, it's in my heart and it's something that I HAVE to do, even though we don't need it (KWIM?). You can do it and you're not crazy for following your heart!!!!! Go for it!!!!!!!!!

Melissa (finishing pre-reqs fall 2005, start clinicals spring 2006)

My kiddos: Kaylee 9/14/97, Megan 12/13/99, Chelsea 8/9/01, Hannah 6/3/03, Sarah Grace 4/23/05, & 3 Angels In Heaven

rn_wannabe2008...God Bless You, you really do have your hands full, and i thought my 2 kids and mother-in-law was gonna be tough to work around, i've got it made compared to you. Money wise i can't say we don't need money cause we do with new house and 2 new cars plus paying for my BAD spending habits; which i've come to see the light of day and learned a lesson but next year when my son has had his last surgery I am going to quit full time and try to get a part time job working at the hospital or sitting with elderly so i will have more time for school and studies. I got my books today for Chemistry and Eng Comp and the chemisty might as well be written in greek for me i just hope it will be easier than it looks, I think my biggest thing will be learning to study again and learning how to remember things. Any suggestions??? Great luck to you !!

Ado Annie, ASN

Has 8 years experience.

Hello all!

Just found this board and am hoping it will be a great support over the next few years. After being out of school for 10 years, I have decided to pursue a degree in nursing. Unfortunetley, most people think I am crazy to make this decision. I am 36, have a three and five year old and have a WELL-PAYING executive level job with the Federal government. I started on my Masters degree in Public Administration a few months ago, but it is just plain obvious that it is not my real love. Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the human body, medicine and the idea of nursing. I was steered towards a degree in business as that was the "place" for women to make the dollars. I am just plain fed up with my bureaucratic job and sitting at a desk all day!!!! I am hoping to complete my pre-nursing courses over the next year (Biology in September and then A&P I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, etc) and begin my journey to Nursing school. I will be blatently honest in saying I am TERRIFIED as I am understand the commitment I am about to take. On the other hand, after reading some of these posts, I KNOW, I am heading in the right direction. Any advice, words of wisdom etc, you all can provide (stories of other moms doing the same, other second-career nursing students, etc) would be VERY, VERY much appreciated!

Thanks!!!

Will you be my friend? :D

No, really. I'm 42, and have 2 10-yr-olds (with ADHD!) as well as 24- and 21-year old stepchildren. The 24-year old is married and has a new baby.

I've worked almost 21 years for the same company, and am paid well. The job is not difficult, though it is sometimes frustrating. I am the primary wage-earner for my family -- my husband is at home with the kids and has a small home-based business.

When I was in college, there was a lot of pressure to pursue engineering or computer science, especially since I did well in math and science. I've NEVER been happy with the choice, but kept on doing it because ... well, I just tend to finish things I start. Now as I see all these corporate bail-outs and professional employees who have worked a long time for a company losing their pensions, I just don't see that the benefits of staying outweigh the risk of pursuing something I really want to do. If I'm going to have to work for the next 25 years, shouldn't it be in something more fulfilling?

PedsRN&momto5girls

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Pediatris & PICU.

Heavens no....you don't have it made compared to me. Sure we have different difficulties, but not really one being harder than the other, KWIM? Also, I didn't mean we don't need money, heck with 5 girls we need TONS of money. I just meant that people think I'm crazy because they know I don't HAVE to be doing it and so why would I, ya know? It's in my heart, that's why! lol Just like you said, even though people think you're insane to leave a good paying job, it's in your heart and money isn't the most important thing. You'll be so glad you are following your passion!!!! Anyway... suggestions: NOTECARDS (I live by them to study) haha, recorder (I record all lectures and if I miss something the professor says I write down the time on my recorder and then I can go back quickly and find what I missed when I'm studying), eating REALLY REALLY REALLY healthy, don't get pregnant LOL!!!!(like I did), precook meals(like on the weekend) if you usually eat at home because meal preparation and clean up can just be so time consuming, make sure hubby is sharing the workload of household chores, and try to find a teeny bit of 'me' time to squeeze in during the week if at all possible. If you don't have a quiet space at home where you can study or will be bogged down by all the 'home' stuff that needs to be done go to the library. Most public libraries have study rooms with locked doors where it's a little quiter than being in the big open areas. Also, NEVER be afraid to call or e-mail your professor. Being able to ask questions and not feel bad about hown many times I called or e-mailed is definitely what got me through with A's. Good luck....I think you'll do great!!!!!!!!

BTW, sorry if this was kind of jumbled up. I am wiped out tonight and my brain just really isn't functioning.

I know EXACTLY what you're saying, It's in my heart and i've wanted this for as long as i can remember. People at work are saying i'm full of it that i'm not going to quit but that's ok that can hide and watch..lol. I'm going tomorrow to buy a recorder and i've downloaded this cool program that types out what you dictate to it i'm curious to see if it works. Also you say using notecards, i know this is a stupid question but do you make them from the notes you take and from the lectures. As for my hubby he works 2nd shift so that hits where it hurts, i thought about making a chore chart for all of us because as it stands now i'm pretty much doing it ALL plus working 6 -7 days a week that's another i've got to find another job because next year they're telling us there will MORE overtime than this year...GREAT huh. :chuckle

Will you be my friend? :D

No, really. I'm 42, and have 2 10-yr-olds (with ADHD!) as well as 24- and 21-year old stepchildren. The 24-year old is married and has a new baby.

I've worked almost 21 years for the same company, and am paid well. The job is not difficult, though it is sometimes frustrating. I am the primary wage-earner for my family -- my husband is at home with the kids and has a small home-based business.

When I was in college, there was a lot of pressure to pursue engineering or computer science, especially since I did well in math and science. I've NEVER been happy with the choice, but kept on doing it because ... well, I just tend to finish things I start. Now as I see all these corporate bail-outs and professional employees who have worked a long time for a company losing their pensions, I just don't see that the benefits of staying outweigh the risk of pursuing something I really want to do. If I'm going to have to work for the next 25 years, shouldn't it be in something more fulfilling?

MOM2TWINBOYS,

you need to do what is in your heart because you won't be happy in life unless you do, and hubby is just going to have to understand and help take some of the load off of you so you can persue this, it will all work itself out just take it one day at a time and as for (adha) i understand completely my 11 year old brother has it as well and i know it can be very trying or rather it is for my mom she is 54 and she hasn't been able to work because he stays in so much trouble at school, i think all it takes it just a littlw patience, but if you really want this you WILL be fine!!

Well, let me tell you my story! If I can do it, anyone can. I was 30 when I made the big step into nursing school. I worked as a nurse aide for 7 years and I told mysely that when my son started school I would also. Well I didn't! When my son turned 7 and I tryed to change my career by taking different jobs and for some reason or another they never worked out. I finally told myself that nursing school is were I need to be. I got to take the placement test on the very last testing date before school was to start and everything just fell into place from there. It was ment to be. My husband worked away from home so I was pretty much on my own. My husband alowed me to not work the whole time I was in school so we had to live on a short budget ( but not short enough to get help with school, I had to pay every penny.) The best part of my story is about to come, I had tryed to get pregnate for 3 years with no luck. So on my winter break I decided I would start taking the pill again and wait till later to try. I never started my period so I never got to start the "pill". You guessed it! I was pregnate and getting ready to start my 2nd semester of school. My baby girl was born in my last semester of nursing school. I had to have a C-section so I got to plan a little. She was born on Labor Day weekend which gave me a holiday on Monday and I only missed 5 days of school! I made up all my test my first week back. My husband was still working away so I had a hard time with babysitting but if you want something bad enough you can get it! My little angle is getting ready to turne 3 in a couple weeks. I am an LPN but, I am getting ready to do it all again and get my RN. Good luck to you. I know you can do it. You will feel like you are going in a hundred different directions and that you are neglecting you family but, I had to keep telling myself that I was doing it for them to make a better future for them and my pt. I care for daily.

Hello all!

Just found this board and am hoping it will be a great support over the next few years. After being out of school for 10 years, I have decided to pursue a degree in nursing. Unfortunetley, most people think I am crazy to make this decision. I am 36, have a three and five year old and have a WELL-PAYING executive level job with the Federal government. I started on my Masters degree in Public Administration a few months ago, but it is just plain obvious that it is not my real love. Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the human body, medicine and the idea of nursing. I was steered towards a degree in business as that was the "place" for women to make the dollars. I am just plain fed up with my bureaucratic job and sitting at a desk all day!!!! I am hoping to complete my pre-nursing courses over the next year (Biology in September and then A&P I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, etc) and begin my journey to Nursing school. I will be blatently honest in saying I am TERRIFIED as I am understand the commitment I am about to take. On the other hand, after reading some of these posts, I KNOW, I am heading in the right direction. Any advice, words of wisdom etc, you all can provide (stories of other moms doing the same, other second-career nursing students, etc) would be VERY, VERY much appreciated!

Thanks!!!

PedsRN&momto5girls

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Pediatris & PICU.

Also you say using notecards, i know this is a stupid question but do you make them from the notes you take and from the lectures. As for my hubby he works 2nd shift so that hits where it hurts, i thought about making a chore chart for all of us :chuckle

Yes, before a test I will make up notecards from the lectures(notes). I will ask a question or put a vocabulary type word on one side and the answer on the other side. Even though hubby works 2nd shift he can still help out around the house. You don't need to be doing it all. Good luck to you. Keep your head up and in 2 or 3 years you just might be treating some of those negative co-workers in the hospital!!! haha :)

Melissa

I went to LPN school when I was freshly separated from my ex-husband and my 2 kids were toddlers. I was successful and graduated. After working for 10 years as an LPN, I applied and was accepted to the RN program and just graduated this past June at the age of 38 with honors while working full time and being a single mom. You CAN do it. If this is what you really want, GO FOR IT!!! :)

Wow! I really respect you for what you are doing!! I think you are making the right decision. I just read an article today about this same issue. Oprah Winfrey magazine "O" has an article about women leaving their present jobs to pursue things in their lives that make them happy. I have never had a constant job history, so it has been very diffcult for me to take care of my family. I was married for almost 13 years and I have eight children. I have a eight children (19,18,15,14,13,10,8,7). I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be left taking all of responsiblity for my children. After my divorce I was left with no job history and no training or degree to fall back on. Anyways, during my marriage and during raising my children I have always manage to take a class here and there. I have an AA degree in Liberal Studies (Very proud of that). Well, it just hasn't stop there for me I'm still in school trying to get my ADN or BSN in nursing. I will make it even if it takes me into my latter 40's. Don't give up your dream!! You have made the right decision and all of us at allnurses.com will help you through this. I'm 40 years old and I still dream of becoming a nurse one day. I will not give up!! I need a better life for my kids. I also want to pursue other things in my life and I want to give back to other also. GO GIRL!!!! :p

Hello all!

Just found this board and am hoping it will be a great support over the next few years. After being out of school for 10 years, I have decided to pursue a degree in nursing. Unfortunetley, most people think I am crazy to make this decision. I am 36, have a three and five year old and have a WELL-PAYING executive level job with the Federal government. I started on my Masters degree in Public Administration a few months ago, but it is just plain obvious that it is not my real love. Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the human body, medicine and the idea of nursing. I was steered towards a degree in business as that was the "place" for women to make the dollars. I am just plain fed up with my bureaucratic job and sitting at a desk all day!!!! I am hoping to complete my pre-nursing courses over the next year (Biology in September and then A&P I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, etc) and begin my journey to Nursing school. I will be blatently honest in saying I am TERRIFIED as I am understand the commitment I am about to take. On the other hand, after reading some of these posts, I KNOW, I am heading in the right direction. Any advice, words of wisdom etc, you all can provide (stories of other moms doing the same, other second-career nursing students, etc) would be VERY, VERY much appreciated!

Thanks!!!

Hi there,

I am 37. I too had an " executive job" with great pay. Due to downsizing and the economy, my position was eliminated. I was not ready to "start over" again and made the decision to follow up on my desire of being a nurse. I work fulltime (I do not have the option of not working/have to pay the rent) and attend school. This fall will be the last of my pre-reqs before actually nursing school. I have 2 step children 17 and 20 that will give anyone a run for their money. I have been out of school for 20 years. It is always scary when you do something new. I'll be working for the next 25 years- so I want to do something that I will enjoy. I was terrified when I made the committment- but once I committed, I knew there was no going back. It is not easy to manage financially while in school, (I don't qualify for financial aid-I could get a loan ....but I just keep putting my tuition on the ol' credit card) but I have faith that everything will work out in the end.. You sound like you would be a great nurse.... Good luck to you in all of your endeavors!!

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