Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 65

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   meeshelz
    Sieze the day! It is never too late. I am 30 yrs old; I graduated from a fashion school, worked in corporate america as a store analyst & allocation planner for almost 5 yrs before I decided that I didn't want to work behind a cubicle. I went back to the junior colleges, transferred to a state college, graduated w/ my BS in Health Science as of last December. Throughout the years, I volunteered in different capacities to help communities. I absolutely love public health. I just finished a CNA program & now trying to get into pre-req classes for the winter & spring intersessions so that I can apply to an RN program. Eventually, I want to work as a nurse in the public health sector. I commend everyone that has changed their careers! KUDOS & best of luck!
  2. by   Mahage
    The folks who express a negative opinion about older RNs don't really surprise me. I work in a very busy unit and can hold my own with the best in most ways, but I do not have the physical strength that some or most of the younger RNs have. I am forced to ask for physical assistance many times when a stronger person might not, but so do the pregnant nurses and those with back problems. I am not exceptionally dependent on coworkers but I have noticed some staff seem to resent assisting me, particularly some techs. I think this is more to do with predjudice than with reality.
  3. by   valkyria
    Nursing is a profession that some people take some time to come around to join. Age brings wisdom and life experience is priceless. With the median age of nurses who retired being 47, we can use all the good quality help we can get. Age brings knowledge that cannot be found in a text book. I came to nursing relatively young, at 38 but, it took me that long to go through the other changes that life throws at us, i.e, marriage, divorce, debt, family crisis and losss, and now, I am a better nurse because I went through all that and still wanted to travel this road. This is not an easy path by any means but with time comes patience and tenacity. We can learn from the younger nurses too as they are still more idealistic than some of the more seasoned nurses but, together we are stronger. And no matter what we go through to get here, the most important thing is that we get here. Nursing should be much more than a pay check. There are easier ways to make money, even in this economy. I was a teacher first and a TBI survivor and now I am doing my FNP. It is never too late.
  4. by   LorenM
    I'll be 40 in January, 10 days after my first day of nursing school.
    I received by BBA (in Marketing) in 1991 so - second career for me too...

    Best Wishes and Good Luck!

  5. by   anurseatlast
    My first career was a stay-at-home wife and mom. After a midlife divorce, I decided to go to college to become a nurse. The biggest challenge in going back to school later in life is balancing all the responsibilities. I got an associates degree in pre-nursing at a community college and then did an accelerated (14 mo) BSN program. I think there is an advantage of having some life experience before going to nursing school. It gives you a different perspective than going right out of high school. It was hard to go to nursing school while supporting a family, etc. but I would do it again in a heartbeat! I graduated at age 51. You're going to be older anyway -- why not spend your time doing something you want to do.
  6. by   anurseatlast
    [quote=izeofblu1973;3841653]To the people that addressed the issue, not the "insult":
    If you are saying that you are gonna start nursing school at age 55 and work until you are 75, it is unlikely. It is possible but unlikely. I have never met a 75year old Rn still working. As a matter of fact, I dont think I have ever met a 65 year old full time nurse.
    Young nurses go out on disability for back injuries, how is a 75 year old gonna give CPR, boost people in bed, hold down an ETOHer, etc? Possible, but unlikely.

    My mom worked for more than 50 years as a nurse. She worked full-time until she was 74 when her children finally convinced her to retire. Her co-workers were amazed to discover she was old enough to retire! Her last job was running the pre-op area of her hospital. She also was still teaching ALS. Could she do everything she did when she was 25? Surely not but that did not make her less of a nurse. She had an amazing amount of knowledge which benefited her patients and co-workers. I have a co-worker who is 74. Until a recent layoff, she worked as a public health nurse with moms and babies. She still teaches part-time at one of the nursing schools. Though many nurses work in the hospital setting, there are many other options for nurses that are less physically demanding. In the future, we will see more and more nurses working later in life, either because they need the money, or because they love what they do. I am 54 and plan to work for at least another 20 years.
  7. by   Lupan
    In 9 days I will be a 52 yo RN that can hang with the youngest nurses where I work!! Being in shape and working out has alot to do with it. My only concern is the pratice of promoting younger nurses with children over more qualified older nurses because they have "families" and I don't. But I like working nights so no problems.
  8. by   imsodizzy
    Why not? Don't let age stop you.
  9. by   kmdguy
    I just turned 45 and am half way through my nursing pre-requisites. Prior to this I owned a 3D animation studio for 17 years and did a lot of custom computer programming along the way as well. I needed to get out from behind a computer monitor and interact with real humans. It will still be a couple of years before I graduate, but I'm loving the challenge and greatly anticipating a second career in nursing. P.S.: I have 7 nurses in my family all cheering my decision on.
  10. by   direis09
    Lucky you to have all that support! Like you, I was a late bloomer and got my license at age 45. My complaint is that I probably don't have enough years to work to do all the things I want to in nursing. There are so many interesting areas of nursing to experience! Hang in there, although it is not always easy, it is well worth the effort.
  11. by   kathietan
    Hang in there - best decision I ever made. Got my ADN at 45 and BSN at 54!
  12. by   margsoldman
    I'm 57, male, and graduate in July 2011. Nursing rocks!
  13. by   gordinaz
    Wow I am so glad to find this site and this post. I thought I was starting out to late, but I am glad to see learning is lifelong. It took me my 21 years of life to realize where my heart will take me. I am 41 years old, I led a life of aimlessness and irresponsibility. I believed the only good life was a party life. I had my share of self induced trouble. I have two boys that look to me that are now at an age that I started all that. Did I want that same life for them? NO. I slowed my drinking in 2004 and finally quite altogether last year. My thinking has never been clearer. I want my boys to learn from my experience, because I didnt have someone to learn what bad things can happen. My parents never got into trouble and always were there for me in times of trouble, always caring, never shuting me out for my mistakes. Maybe their love for me surpassed the mistakes. I love my children the same way, I will never turn my back on them no matter the mistakes they make, but at least they can see what it has done to me. I have always cared about people and animals and even bugs, I could never harm anything or cause it pain. I see the helplessness of my grandmother who only wishes for comfort and company. I see the people on the streets who have no where to sleep, who have eyes of struggle. I see animals with no home that need shelter and comfort. My dog for 12 years recently passed, and I took care of her as if she were my sister or my child. Till her last I showed her that I would love her and try to make her transistion as easy as I could. I seen the appreciation in her eyes. Then my father had a heart attack and I seen how vunerable he became almost childlike. I would show him I loved him by rubbing his feet, or arms or comforting him any way I could. I seen in his eyes his love for me. Then the nurses that cared for him had the same intentions as I did for my father. I realized then the importance of a nurse. I felt like they were part of me and my family the way they cared. I felt my heart humbled as I walked by the other rooms and saw the other patients like my father. The same childlike look and the love I wanted to share with them. Sorry got into it but I am 41 and I believe I have found what I was looking for through love.