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Nursing as a Second Career

Nursing as a Second Career

Laura Wisniewski RN, BS, CIC

How nurses can help

The following suggestions will help attract others to nursing. Speak positively about the nursing profession. Tell your friends and family about the work you do as a nurse. Encourage those expressing an interest in becoming a nurse. Share information about resources in your community. Treat all new nurses, including second career nurses with respect. Become a mentor.

Finding solutions to the nursing shortage requires the active involvement of all nurses. Those considering nursing as a profession, watch as we go about our daily work. They listen to what we say and do. We send powerful messages with our actions and attitudes. What message are you sending?


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    ukbluecat

    almost 6 years ago

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    A priest for fifteen years and one who was ministered not only in parishes but hospitals and military bases, I decided to leave the priesthood and marry. I have a BA and an Masters of Divinity plus hospital ministry certification and counseling certification. I need the eight or nine course in math and sciences to be prepared for nursing school. At 52 years of age I feel like I am 20 years old with an energy level to match but wonder if hospital employers will be fearful of my age. I am interested in ICU, oncology, and/or nursing to TBI patients. Any feedback about my doing the prerequisites and applying for the acclerated nursing programs?
    UKbuecats@aol.com

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    bose

    almost 7 years ago

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    i studied masscommunications for my ist degree and even went further to have an mba but now i need to go into nursing but am confused where to start is being an CNA or LPN or straight to being an RN?

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    I too had been a Commercial Accounts Representative/Marketing Consultant for over 21 years...with the state of the economy, the outsourcing of customer service positions to third world countries, plus the monetary benefits...summarizes in a nutshell why a latent career change to being an RN is bar none supreme. thanks for the clear, concise, and informative article...it put words into my mouth and will help me deal with interview questions pertaining to the careen change.

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    thesky01

    about 6 years ago

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    I have been an Accountant for more than 10 years back in the third world, I came to the US 11 years ago after some time I took the class and passed the test to be a Nurse Assisstant ,it has been 8 years working as a nurse aide at a hospita ,My biggest dream was to be a Nurse but couldn't make it because of different kinds of life storms. My dream is still alive not dead yet ,now I have a large credit card debt it is going to take many years to settle this and go to school besides the age thing ,I am now 44 y/o ,I feel like I am running out of time ,can any one give me some advice how to get to Nursing my dream besides my debt.

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    tahir

    about 6 years ago

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    i belong to a developing country of south asia,pakistan. i am now 27. after recieving certificate,i worked as a radiation therapy technologistfor three years.now i am third year student in BSN programe, as i rejoined school three years backand stop working, my family had to suffer alot. but i believe it will be all fine after a year when i will be a registered graduate nurse.

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    johnsonl197

    about 6 years ago

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    I am currently employed as a police officer Detroit (10 yrs), prior to that I was employed as a ER tech adssigned to the Trauma team at a level one hospital. I worked in the medical field for 13 yrs total. I always wanted to be a nurse and took most of the pre-reqs but due to wk schedule and money have not been able to take clinicals. I have been married ,divorced and raised two daughters ages 22 and 17. Any suggestions on how to get into and finish a Nursing program in Michigan. I have an Associates in Criminal Justice. Im wondering if the pre-req can still be applied to a cost reasonable program I have no help and really want to pursue this dream!

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    Tami934

    about 6 years ago

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    Loved the article! I am 47, soon to be 48, and have taken the plunge to nursing. I have been a medical transcriptionist for the past 17 years and any projects or promotions never went my way, so after some decision, I have decided to go a school in Illinois that has accepted my bachelor's degree in organizational management and along with their program, it will give me a BSN when I finish. I have started taking courses and am excited about my new career.

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    nursing2011

    about 6 years ago

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    I am 45 and just started my 1st semester in the RN program in San Antonio. I took my prereqs several years ago. I had never been accepted into the program. I recently went to help my 19 year old daughter enroll at SAC and I applied again to the RN program and I was accepted. WOW! I currently hold a full time job with San Antonio Fire Dept. I am attending school at night and have a teenage daughter and 2 young boys ages 5 and 11. It has been a very stressful month but it will all pay off in the end. Nursing has always been my passion and I think with the right mentors I will make it happen. You have to surround yourself with positive and motivated people. I am crawling right now, but I will soon be running!!! There is a saying that I have to read outloud everyday, "Never give up...Go over, go under, go around, or go through. But never give up."

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    LPNLynne

    about 6 years ago

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    After working 10 years in an interior design profession that I received my Bachelors degree in, I decided to go back to school at 34y/o and become a nurse- something that I had always wanted to be but was talked out of in high school by my counselor (that's a whole other story!) Anyway, I had a husband and a 6 month infant at home, but I went back to school full time, studied at night after the baby was asleep, maintained a home, and graduated with a Practical Nursing certificate and a 3.9 GPA. I was pregnant with my 2nd baby when I graduated, so I decided to stay home with my children until they were older. At 48, I am happy to say that I am now a part-time LPN in a long-term health facility and really enjoy it!

    If you have the desire to be a nurse, don't let anyone stand in your way! There are grants and scholarships out there for those who want to go back to school, so get out there and live your dream! : )

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    Nicky7777

    about 6 years ago

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    I am married and 41 years old. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. I have worked in sales for the past 9 years (currently PT employment) and recently I decided to go back to school to become a nurse. I am a mother of twin daughters (ages 4 that had special needs) and I fell in-love with care-giving while caring for them! I just completed my nursing assistant program during summer of 2008 (State cert. pending exam results) and I am now completing my last two prereqs. at a local community college. I start Americare Institute's LPN program in January 2009. I am so excited! It is never too late to go back to school and do something you love and are suited for. If there is a will there is a way...Don't give up!

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    Stephd31

    about 6 years ago

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    Great article. I'm 38 with a teenage daughter and have been considering starting over and going back to school to become an RN. Doubt was beginning to creep in, esp the "am I too old for this"? It give me assurance that I am not alone in following a life-long dream at this point in my life. Good luck to those who are starting over. YOU CAN DO IT.

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    jourdyn

    about 6 years ago

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    If you are considering nursing as a second career as I did, do not attend the Drexel ACE Program. It is a money pit with administrative faculty who are remorseless, unnurturing and unsupportive. They require that you pass an exit HESI with a score of 950 or greater. If you dont, you will not receive your BSN and they will not allow you to graduate. You will then be forced to pay them more money for a class that will more than likely not benefit you greatly in helping you pass your 3rd attempt. The HESI is an assessment tool that in some states it is illegal for nursing schools to use score results as a barrier for graduation. Consider in the Philadelphia region Jefferson, LaSalle, U of P, or Temple for BSN options.

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    wannabanurse

    about 6 years ago

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    It's terrifying!!! but I'm soo glad i'm not alone...I haven't formally started a program yet, but I plan to very soon. I've been researching changing careers and the very thought of it is exciting and scary but with all this support, how can we go wrong!!! :D There's a blogger on this site, CDNurse, who's story is awesome!!!!

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    kstaffeil

    about 6 years ago

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    I left management inthe computer industry to go to nursing school at age 54. Got my Associate Degree at a private college (expensive and no assistance cause no kids), graduated 2006 (3.29 GPA), passedNCLEX first time Feb 2007. I was excited!!! Accepted an initial orientation at a local small hospital. Started Jan 2007, came down with Bells Palsy March 2007 , returned to work late March 2007. From January through May I didn't have a meeting with anyone, no additional training as far as classes, my preceptors were nurses with less than a year of experience. When I returned in March by April I felt like a "super CNA". No one went out of their way to teach me any skills, I learned a lot but on my own. Suddenly I was invited to meetings at which I was told I should be able to handle 3, then 4 then 5, then 7 patients 1st shift on my own, all within a 2 week period. I'd had less than 240 hours of orientation on a MS unit at this time. In June 2007 by mutual agreement I left. I have never failed at anything I've tried and had proper training to do. 15 successful years in mgt. is evidence of my success. I was so disappointed I almost gave up nursing and went back to my previous experience to get a job. I've had difficulty here in WI getting another position that pays > $21.00/hr any shift. WIth $450.00/mo in school loans and self supporting this doesn't work. I'm working now in a case mgt position without difficulty bu low pay. I want to use my hard work, I want more training but no takers in WI. Any ideas? Suggestions??? Kstaf

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    smileyd

    about 6 years ago

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    I am a 59 year old returning student. Nursing will be a second career for me and this article has been very supportive and motivating to read. ( just what the doctor ordered) I just can't emphasize enough how much reading your story has helped. It put more focus to my decision to include nursing to my professional life. Currently, I am a social worker. Certainly, my skills as a social worker are transferable to nursing. thanj you....

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