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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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    luvitsunny

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    After 20+ years in the same career I made a change to nursing at age 51 by starting as an LPN. I'm now 58 and working on my MSN, gainfully employed as an RN in two elementary schools. No weekends, summers off w/pay, two weeks Dec.-Jan and a spring break. It's okay! :)

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    I started at 49! I am working full time and taking two classes a semester. I am now 52 and will be in the core RN program next year!

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    bridget66

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    I will be 42 next month and I'm just starting my nursing prereqs. My chemistry lab partner is 54. It's never to late to be what we might have been. I think with age comes a lot of worldly wisdom (especially with Mothers which we both are). We are both soooooo excited to start this new path into Nursing and it's very nice to hear stories like this. Good luck to all the nursing students and may God Bless you all!

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    swiller

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a career changer -- a real estate paralegal in my most recent former life. Now I am a first semester nursing student. WooooooHooooooooo!

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    over 5 years ago

    Excellent story, gives us old people hope.

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    casassy62688

    over 5 years ago

    290 comments

    Great article. I'm definately going to share this with some of the band parents I know (I've only been ou tof high shcool for 2 years, and my little brother is in the marching band, so I talk to a lot of the band moms). Because a lot of them tell me that I made a great choice going into nursing, and they tell me that they wish they would have done it. Then I tell them that they could always go back to school and become a nurse, and they always say that they are too old. This will show them!

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