25 years as Flight Attendant/want to change to Nursing

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To all the nurses who give sound advice, please share with me your insights!

I am a 50 year old Flight Attendant who has 25 years w/maj airline, and want very much to change careers. I already have a B.S. 4 yr degree from 1980. Alas, Texas does not want much of the prior degree. I started at a comm. college with hopes of getting an ADN and then bridge to BSN. I have taken a few classes while trying to fly a full time schedual. Unfortunately my momentum was slowed when this spring I had an ACL knee surgery. I am recoved now and trying to get back to flying. I am married to a supportive husband and also have 2 kids, 15 and one in college out of state. Tuition will be a major issue. I am open to advice! Thanks inadvance for your words of advice.

rnhope2b

rnhope2b

164 Posts

Still hoping for some insights

ellakate

ellakate

235 Posts

Hello, ladyflyer58. I have often thought that flight attendants are like nurses in the air. You already know how to learn and adapt to a dynamic environment. One question: Do you think it necessary to go for a BSN? You already have a BA. Take time off from the full-time job and complete your ADN. That may not be possible, but it is just a thought. Be good to that knee!

rnhope2b

rnhope2b

164 Posts

Thanks for the response. Actually I am thinking of retiring. So much has changed since 911. I am thinking of changing to a different CC. The BSN would have to be a bridge and that would be fine since I want to be in nursing for the future. I am now wondering if I should just get a LVN/LPN then bridge to RN and get experience. Any way in the door is my objective. I saw someone else suggest CNA. A lot of time and $ for that alone, and it would not be my objective. Is there anyone else that found the path?

ellakate

ellakate

235 Posts

I am now wondering if I should just get a LVN/LPN then bridge to RN and get experience. Any way in the door is my objective. I saw someone else suggest CNA. A lot of time and $ for that alone, and it would not be my objective. Is there anyone else that found the path?

Just from observation, a number of my LVN friends are very happy that they don't 'have to do the paper work that the RNs do in home health.' For a family woman, I think that considering the LVN/LPN first is a great idea. :yeah:

Valerie Salva, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience. 1,793 Posts

I think starting at the LPN level would be a good idea. I also think that being a CNA would be very hard physically for most people in ther 50s- and with knee problems to boot.

Being a CNA kicked my butt when I was only in my 20s. I'm in my mid 40s now, and I know I could not work as a CNA.

rnhope2b

rnhope2b

164 Posts

Wow great quote from our girl Flo! I have experienced the exact situation many times over in my job! I will reconsider the LPN and forget the CNA. My original vision was to get to Nurse Practitioner. Perhaps I could think longer term and consider teaching RNs since there is such a shortage of schools and programs. Any other ideas?

Valerie Salva, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience. 1,793 Posts

Do you know any nurses whom you can ask about working conditions and availability of jobs where you live?

Can you shadow a nurse?

Have you checked your local want ads, and health care facility web sites? Do you know what the going pay rates are?

(About the Flo quote- thanks- she's said many wise things :)

rnhope2b

rnhope2b

164 Posts

I'm in Texas near DFW. Rates are competitive here average on national level and higher in the specialties. I have several friends that are nurses and they all have been telling me for years that my job at an F/A is better. I know what the down side can be like just from my friends sharing with me. I flew international for 13 years and domestic for 12. I have flown some tough times. There is just no where to go in this industry. I am still feeling driven to do this.

Coriander, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice & Palliative Care, Oncology, M/S. 763 Posts

I thought I had responded to this but guess I didn't... sorry lol.

You have wonderful experience as a flight attendant. You were trained to handle stressful situations which I think would cross over beautifully. Do what you dream! :)

rnhope2b

rnhope2b

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Thank you for your kind support! I really appreciate finding this site!

CrufflerJJ, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 5 years experience. 1 Article; 1,023 Posts

With your prior degree, you might also consider an accelerated ADN or BSN program - they're designed for people with prior Bachelors degrees. That approach would get you your RN faster (typically, 12-18 months) than a traditional ADN/BSN route. One down-side is that you would probably not be able to work (except maybe part time) during the accelerated program - they are pretty "loaded" with info, and the pace is definitely accelerated.

Good luck!

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