Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 52

I would be happy to hear from anyone here that started their career late in life, perhaps Nursing is a second career. For a number of reasons, I am seriously considering changing careers, and for a... Read More

  1. by   vemiliob
    I am 52 and I have to admit that you are wrong. Goodness, compassion do not relay on age.

    Fragmentation always create conflict. Stop thinking that way. Love friend... love.

    It is not related to age. All nurses are good.
    Not everyone can be a nurse.

  2. by   nanaof2boys
    I became an LPN in 1995 at the age of 34 and I just graduated with my RN in May at the age of 47. I wasn't the only non-traditional student in my class. Out of 40 people at least 10 of us were over 45.
    So yes, it's never to late!!
  3. by   catsmeow2
    I was 30 when I became a LVN here in California. No regrets. I am now 45 and have returned to school to get my RN. Our local college nursing counselor knows of a student, age 60, who trained to become an RN. When most people are thinking about retiring, her philosopy was to reach for a dream and if she only had 3-5 years to practise, that was 3-5 years she didn't have before. I say don't worry about your age. That is a society judgement. Your current career proably has much to bring to the field of nursing and if a career change is right for you, you do it!
  4. by   shahsa
    I was 43 when I graduated from nursing school. I would highly recommend it although, like said above, hospital staff nursing can be tough and hard on the body (especially if you do 12-hour shifts)!! Good luck!!!
  5. by   LeesaRN
    I am forty three and I hope to graduate in may. This is also my second a career. I always wanted to be a nurse and when my children got older and did'nt depend on my as much I went back to school to get my prereqs. I started with two classes at night while I worked full time. School can be ruff but I will get through it. I'm really wondering about how to get through the 12 hour shifts. I hope my body holds up ( ha ha ha) any words of advice?:typing thanks for listening leesa
  6. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from nurs2be09
    I'm really wondering about how to get through the 12 hour shifts. I hope my body holds up ( ha ha ha) any words of advice?
    I've got at least 10 years on you....unless you're physically falling apart or have chronic health issues, the 12 hours is truly not an issue except maybe mentally sometimes, particularly when you are working an overnight shift!!

    But in all honestly, there is not one 12-hour shift I have worked yet that has drug like some 8-hour days I used to work watching the clock tick-tick-tick in my little cubicle.

    I think the hardest part is learning how to reschedule your life around those days when you are either sleeping or working for several days in a row...unless you can get by with less than 8 hours of sleep, you sometimes feel non-existent to your family/friends/the world on those days!!!
  7. by   clermont
    I am 49 years old with a BSBM worked as a Quality Assurance manager for 12 years with a company making very good money. Got bored and went back to school. It a second career and I will be graduating in May. Good Luck Dont look back
  8. by   Faeriewand
    I am 47 now, took NCLEX in May, and am working on a medical/surgical floor and 12's are absolutely no problem. Time seems to fly because you are so busy, except on an exceptionally bad day LOL I just had one of those yesterday and the time was dragging.

    Because my mind is so busy, my body just doesn't seem to get tired I think. I love to work.

    Just wanted to add that I have really good shoes so my feet don't hurt at all.
    Last edit by Faeriewand on Nov 19, '08 : Reason: added that last sentence.
  9. by   fnmike7
    I used to be an administrative assistant . Migrated to US from Africa and finished Nursing school at 40. There is no end in the dreams of ambitions.. Go ahead and start because it looks like you are already on your way to explore the many opportities in nursing. GOOD LUCK.
  10. by   PatsFan1969
    I graduated nursing school at the age of 38. The majority of students that I went to school with were in their mid 30s. There were a few that were much older, one student celebrated her 50th birthday while in school. I was previously an Air Traffic Controller in the Air Force (12 and 1/2 years). I have to admit that nursing is alot more than I had anticipated, I didn't realize how much it would entail, how much there is to learn. It is also very stressful with a great deal of responsibility. I have limited experience in the nursing profession but what I can tell you is the options are limitless. It is a wonderful career and I would recommend it, no matter what your age or life experience.
  11. by   kids_play2
    I went back to school at the age of 53. I had a much easier time of it than the "young thangs" in my group. Entering nursing at my age was my decision -- not my family's, not my friends. I did it for all the right reasons. I believe that folks like us bring a wealth of life experience to this career. I work Sub-Acute and my patients are adults, mostly older but not all. The few who are alert & oriented can relate to me, they trust me and the families of the vegetative & comatose have more confidence in someone their age or older. I already understand their emotional landscape. I've been in their shoes, I've lost family members myself. Being my age is an advantage in many ways - not just when applied to school but on the job as well. I couldn't have done this had I tried at, say, 25. No way! Toddster, congrats on your decision! I'm a preceptor so if you need any help, let me know.
    Last edit by kids_play2 on Dec 3, '08 : Reason: typo
  12. by   HM2VikingRN
    Experience has its benefits. I am starting charge nurse orientation with 5 months experience because of my previous work experience in mental health. (At 48 I have a lot of god years to work.)
  13. by   hollway2
    o Restarted my nursing again after nearly 25 years away from it. Have to do training all over again. as more complex now but by the time I finish at the ripe old age of 60 i will hopefully be a medication endorsed Division 2 nurse. I am finding it hard but I wouldn't do anything else

    Also I am working in aged care at the moment , mainly on night shifts and will continue when my training is finished