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    From Cop to Nurse

    I'm there with you everyone. I had to retire from being a cop in a busy - high crime rate area - broke my pelvis and hip and that was all she wrote. I was very depressed initially, but after learning to walk again - and getting my head out of my a**, I realized that God would open another door for me. Anyone who's been a cop knows that it's not just what you do, it is a lifestyle that - for better or worse - you become totally engrossed in. Now, at 45 years of age, I look forward to my classes starting in August. I know that I can react with calm fervor in the face of high-stress traumas. And I look at it like this - when we were cops, we reverted to our training when sh*t hit the fan....now we can revert to this new training AND our law enforcement experiences on this new journey. Una Stamus brothers and sisters.
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    2014-2015 LPN Students Roll Call!

    My name is Kerri - and I start my online courses in nursing through Northwest Technical College in northern Minnesota. I'm excited - and only nervous about being 45 and starting a new career. But I've been a CNA off and on for 25 years and a retired police officer of 15 years....I look forward to putting all that I've learned in life via those jobs toward a new journey. Prayers to all of you!
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    How to juggle night shift, family, and study time

    It's been a few years since I was in school - when my kids were little at any rate - and I worked full-time NOCs, went to school full-time and helped the kids in school. It can be done. It depends on how old your kids are; are they old enough to understand what you are looking at doing - do they have homework? Can you do homework together? Make sure that you set your alarm for 7-8 hours of sleep and make sure you stick to it. That will help your circadian rhythm and after a while - your sanity.
  4. I've not been one to put a lot of stock in other's opinions of me (that old adage that it's none of my business what someone else thinks of me)....however, in my more mature years - I find that reaching out every once in a while is good for me :) That being said; I am 45 now - had to retire from law enforcement due to a broken pelvis (apparently the Brass prefer that you give somewhat of a chase prior to Tasing - and I can no longer run)....that being the case - I am now going back to school for nursing. I've had numerous people tell me that I would be a great flight nurse - but after researching what is needed in years of experience - all after I get my RN - I'm wondering if I would even be taken seriously with any career opportunities. I appreciate your candor and honesty.
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    How old is too old?

    I've not been one to put a lot of stock in other's opinions of me (that old adage that it's none of my business what someone else thinks of me)....however, in my more mature years - I find that reaching out every once in a while is good for me :) That being said; I am 45 now - had to retire from law enforcement due to a broken pelvis (apparently the Brass prefer that you give somewhat of a chase prior to Tasing - and I can no longer run)....that being the case - I am now going back to school for nursing. I've had numerous people tell me that I would be a great flight nurse - but after researching what is needed in years of experience - all after I get my RN - I'm wondering if I would even be taken seriously with any career opportunities. I appreciate your candor and honesty.
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    DONE...It is NOT God's will we fail

    Well my dear - I don't know you, but I am VERY proud of you! Amen sister in Christ. And yes, the great deceiver has been beaten down with a huge Wooden Stick - we just have to take that power that was given us by the Holy Spirit and run with it. I am 45 and going into nursing school after working as a CNA as a primary or secondary job since 1989. I became a police officer and was forced to medically retire three years ago - and let me tell you....the pity party I held for myself was beyond pathetic. Then The Big Guy (my loving term for God), smacked me upside the head and showed me another path - a path that I had been walking for so many years anyway. I have learned that no matter what tests we go through, they help strengthen us for a harder test down the line. Take today for example - I had a resident with developmental disabilities (and other pathologies) try to physically attack another resident. I was able to purposefully detain her without hurting her or myself (a part of my old law enforcement training) and when she bit me and hit me so hard across the face that she broke my glasses; I was blessed with an immediate peace which allowed me to stay focused and not angry. I could see her pathology, not her person. The end of the incident was peaceful, contained and we moved on. All a part of things that I have been through in the past as a CNA and police officer. All glory to God - and yes, sister....you WILL pass. :)
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    How to become a Hospice Nurse

    If I may put in my two cents...I am 45, and going back to school for nursing. I was a police officer for over 12 years prior to this - but I've been a CNA (as a primary or secondary job) since 1989. Most of my CNA years have been working in LTC and now AL entities...and primarily on the NOC shift. No matter your training - experience with dying patients is a must. I've met far too many "book intelligent" RN's who either have never worked as a CNA, or if they did - the experience never stuck. And no offense to the younger generation - but I truly believe that life experience trumps any certification you could muster. Law enforcement does not allow for people to become certified police officers until they turn (at the very least) 21 years of age....and there's a significant reason for that. Unfortunately - I think that such should most definitely be the case in nursing as well. I've met far too many young/inexperienced RN's with the personality and bedside manner of a gnat's ass. And yes, they were in Hospice Care. I agree with my colleagues who have stated that there is nothing wrong with moving toward the training - but definitely try to get experience under your belt as well! Good luck and many blessings for your commitment.
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    What She Couldn't Tell You

    Very powerful and humbling. It brings back many painful memories of when I was that mother many years ago. Nurses - doctors - caregivers....please remember that there is almost always a backstory - and your gifts, straight from Heaven, should not preclude you to not only seeing with a technical eye - but with a human heart as well. I am a new nursing student at the young age of 45, was a police officer for 15 years, and prior to that - crossed the bridge from being a victim to a survivor of horrendous domestic abuse along with my then 2-y/o daughter. Trust me when I say, the pain fades, but the memories do not - and I still distinctly remember the treatment by nurses and doctors that was less-than-professional when they were my last resort. Bless you/us all - that we remind ourselves the reason we became caregivers.