You’re not alone. Though I’m in my 30s, English is my second language,too. My instructor was actually about “62/63” when he started Nursing and earned the degree. No prior experience in healthcare. Even though you’re in your 50s, this is a land of opportunity and you’re in good standing. If those who are physically impaired (I’m not trying to be condescending) can get jobs why not you!
I suggest you work on your interviews; have a mock interviews with your school employment service or friends if you can. Have your nursing friends interview you; Record yourself and here your responses. Please make adjustment. Being honest and Given correct answers are valid but you have to be pragmatic, too.
lest I forget, I lost 2/3 job offers. these are the reasons I think my applications were rejected:
1. In one unit, The manager asked me what are my future plan 3 - 5 years from now . I (rookie nurses) responded that I would like to be a CRNA few years from now. I was being honest but My application was rejected. Later did I learned that the unit has high turn over for RN and would need nurses who can stay with them for years. Hence I stopped saying that during interviews, keeping my future plans to myself.
2. In the other unit, Unfortunately I was competing with internal candidates. My application didn’t fly on 2-3 occasions. Thus, internal candidates are considered ahead of external candidates. This happened twice to me at the same hospital. I couldn’t get into my preferred uni, but The HR will call me for other available positions. Again, you need to understand the demand and supply in your area.
Please don’t be discouraged. There are load of jobs in different units if you’re willing to move and explore other places. I know you may have some family commitments at your age. But try to relocate if you could, you won’t regret it. You’re trainable and don’t forget you’ve great potentials. Only you can limit you.
Last, I should mentioned that I applied to about different hospitals and units, trying to increase my options. Try this method and you will sing for joy and good news soon. Peace from NorthEast.