Any other "second career" students out there? - page 3

Are there any other second career students out there? Or older students? I am attending nursing school after an 18 year career in I/T Learning and Development and I'd like to hear about the... Read More

  1. by   Lanceman
    I just finished 6 years in the military as an electronics technician and the decision is in the hands of the RN program selection board at this point. Should find out by the beginning of Nov. for the Jan06 start date.
  2. by   SchoolRN,BSN
    Hi...I am 39 & will finish up my pre-reqs this summer for fall admission, hopefully, to a local BSN program. I am currently taking physiology & will take Micro & algebra this spring & then either finite math or pre-calc this summer. Any suggestion as to which one is easier???

    After my first degree, I worked as a social worker for Child Protective Services for several years, then we started our family & I became a stay at home mom. Now the youngest will turn four in March & I am wading through pre-reqs (I also had to repeat several as they were 10+ years old).

    I am excited to actually start clinicals in the fall but very nervous at the prospect of taking the two math classes. I haven't had math in 20 years!

    I think it is fabulous that so many people have found the will & determination to go back to school & make a change in their lives. I am very pleased to "meet" all of you & wish you the very best of luck!

  3. by   lee99
    Hi! I am 45 years old and have been a Lab Tech for the past 24 years. Decided on a career change when the company I worked for down sized and the good old seniority system downsized me right out the door! What a bitter sweet blessing!
  4. by   curlyfries
    I am 31 with a B.S. degree in a non-nursing field going back for second B.S. in nursing. Looking to start the accelerated BSN program Spring of 2007 after taking the prerequisites.

  5. by   Julie64
    I'm 41 years old and in my 4th quarter of pre-reqs. There are lots of older students in my A&P I class this quarter. I've been a stay at home mom for the last few years. Before that I did all kinds of jobs from waitressing and bartending to running a small business.

    This is my first time in college and I love it. Thank God for my husband putting me through school and being so supportive.
  6. by   GoldenFire5
    I am 37 and leaving corporate marketing and starting an LVN program in January. I don't hate marketing, but it won't ever be a career that I love. It's funny - the idea of going back to school to get my MBA has absolutely no appeal to me, but the idea of going back to school for a nursing degree is exciting! I'm single, and there's only so long I can go without a full time income, but I can keep taking classes toward an ADN while I'm working as an LVN. Looking forward to it!
  7. by   Kaseyrn2b
    Quote from robmom1
    I'm right there with you guys. Stay-at-home mom of two little ones with a BS in Psychology and several years of HR Management before children. I am taking one pre-req a semester and hope to apply to nursing school when my youngest starts school. I want to do something that matters when I return to work, not just push paper! Good luck to everyone.
    Same here..31, BA psych SAHM of 2, been home for about 7 yrs, tho' I work very part-time(weekends, abt 6 hrs/week) I work in a lab, and its VERY boring. Been thinking of nursing for awhile, and although I sometimes get discouraged about money/job conditions, I am excited! Hope to start clinicals when my 2 1/2 y o enters school...taking pre-reqs in the meanwhile. Nice to meet y'all. Good luck to everyone
  8. by   csgfnmom
    I too am going back to school after getting a BSBA degree in accounting. I knew long ago that I didn't/wouldn't enjoy accounting as a career. I am finally on the road to getting an ADN degree. I applied for the Spring 06 semester and am currently waiting to hear back from them. I have finished all but one course outside of nursing.
    I have a full time job and two children. It hasn't been as rough as had thought it would be. I'm sure once I'm in the program I will have changed my mind. Right now I'm just anxious to know if I have been accepted. I'm so excited!!!
  9. by   LovesGreyhounds
    I am so happy to hear of other "older" students! Sometimes sitting in class at college I feel so out of place because everyone is so young! I'm 41 & just starting my pre-reqs. It seems such a long road yet to take, but i'll just take it one step at a time. I'm an executive secretary at a hospital right now & the hospital's tuition reimbursement is wonderful. They pay for all my classes PLUS books so I couldn't pass it up. I've been thinking about becoming a nurse for awhile now. Good Luck to everyone out there starting a second career like me! Not sure what will happen when I get into the actual nursing program part of it because I think I'll always have to work, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
  10. by   chrisg0705
    I'm 46 and in my first year of nursing school, after being an accountant for 25 years. Very happy I decided to do this.
  11. by   rn in 3 years
    I am 34 and am quitting my jobs as in insurance producer in January to start my pre-req's. My Boss wanted to sell the business to me when he retires in 2 years which would have netted me an income of around $70,000/yr. but I don't want to be in insurance for the rest of my life. My husband thinks I am nuts for passing up the opportunity to by the agency so he is quitting his job in January and taking over my job and buying the business when my boss retires! Major changes in my household come January...LOL!
  12. by   rang
    I'm 29 and currently a SAHM (to a 3 and 1 year old) and a pre-nursing student. Prior to becoming a SAHM, I worked as a Social Worker for Child Protective Services. I was just accepted into a BSN program which will start up in April 2006. Right now I'm finishing up on A&P I, will start A&P II right after, followed by Microbiology. After that, I'll start the nursing core classes. So exciting!
  13. by   rhp123
    Quote from chrisg0705
    I'm 46 and in my first year of nursing school, after being an accountant for 25 years. Very happy I decided to do this.
    Chrisg, you might share a little bit details about pros and cons of changing from accounting to nursing? I've barely in accounting field for 3 years, after getting a BA in accounting. I am taking pre-reqs part-time now (already finished chemistry, with A&P I on the way). I still cannot make my final decision to change the career.