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51, doing prereqs and working in a hospital

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I just read the post written about the 61 year-old nursing student who is doubting herself and I really want to expand on this more. I started out at a big local hospital as a chaplain intern as I've been in clergy most of my life. I'm also an opera singer with two degrees in music from the 1980's. I divorced this year and I had my two kids late - at 40 and 43. I decided I wanted steady work and I loved patient care as a chaplain so I took a CNA class, and did EKG and Phlebotomy. Two months later I landed a job as an infant hearing screener for NICU and Mother Baby at a large, well-known hospital, and after 7 months of busting my butt as a hearing screener with a busy census, the hospital offered me a full time-position as a nursing tech in their oncology unit last week. I hope to be an RN there when I'm done. I am in a SUNY college in NY near me, on my 3rd and 4th prereq and damnit I'm not quitting. I get up every morning shaking in my boots thinking what the heck am I doing. Other times I am just excited. I know how long my upcoming weeks are going to be working 8 shifts in a row what with M-F then rotating weekends, but I want this. Any comments I am so eager to know your thoughts. LOVE YOU ALL GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

I just read the post written about the 61 year-old nursing student who is doubting herself and I really want to expand on this more. I started out at a big local hospital as a chaplain intern as I've been in clergy most of my life. I'm also an opera singer with two degrees in music from the 1980's. I divorced this year and I had my two kids late - at 40 and 43. I decided I wanted steady work and I loved patient care as a chaplain so I took a CNA class, and did EKG and Phlebotomy. Two months later I landed a job as an infant hearing screener for NICU and Mother Baby at a large, well-known hospital, and after 7 months of busting my butt as a hearing screener with a busy census, the hospital offered me a full time-position as a nursing tech in their oncology unit last week. I hope to be an RN there when I'm done. I am in a SUNY college in NY near me, on my 3rd and 4th prereq and damnit I'm not quitting. I get up every morning shaking in my boots thinking what the heck am I doing. Other times I am just excited. I know how long my upcoming weeks are going to be working 8 shifts in a row what with M-F then rotating weekends, but I want this. Any comments I am so eager to know your thoughts. LOVE YOU ALL GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

Oncology tech is going to be a lot more physical than hearing screener, but it sounds like you've been in the hospital setting long enough to know what you're getting yourself into. I'm in my early 40s and feel I would be better suited to a life of leisure on a tropical island than school. It's probably better that there are people in the world who are more productive than I am. :cool:

LOL hi sour lemon. Yeah, it's going to be a lot more physical. I guess I'll see what happens,huh? I have a ridiculous amount of physical energy - pray for me!

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Moved to prenursing

shibaowner, MSN, RN, NP

Has 1 years experience.

You are awesome! I have no doubt you will attain your goals. Best wishes.