My mum did a career change teaching to nursing, graduated just before turning 50. Enjoys nursing a lot.
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08-05-2014 14:46 #12Senior Member
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Im 43 and about to start my RN mid year... I have always been a SAHM mum just finished my AIN... now its my turn do something for myself..
08-05-2014 14:53 #13Senior Member
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I changed from teaching to nursing and graduated when I was 30. I loved the study...loved the challenge, but be warned that nursing can be difficult as a parent. Shift work means you can be rostered on at the time of your NUM's choosing....you WILL miss birthdays, christmas etc (especially in your grad year when your roster requests are given much less priority than the staff who have been there for longer!). It's really hard heading out to work on a beautiful Saturday afternoon when everyone else's going out to the park etc and I find that when I work evening shifts, I hate not being able to tuck my daughter in. Silly stuff, but important to take into account. Nursing can be a wonderful, interesting, challenging job but make sure you take into account the unfamily friendly hours can have. Not particularly relevant to the study side of things, but def something I wish I'd have consider more....
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08-05-2014 20:00 #14Senior Member
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35 is isn't too old at all! I'm an RN and often precept student in our unit, many are mature age students. Also in my experience many do better then people straight out of school.
I'm in NSW (think your in Vic, so a little different) I think that it would be really good to do it diploma first. It a good starting point especially if you've never studied or haven't in a while. If you at any stage that you decide to move over to do the bachelors course you will get credit.
Another advantage is that once you have your diploma you can work as an enrolled nurse while you chip away at your bachelors at uni. I actually sometimes which that this is the way I had of done it many moons ago. Although I think with after your first year of bachelor of nursing you can woke as an AIN.
As PP said as a parent it can sometimes be hard, but it also has it advantages - I often do nights I'm there to do dinner bath, bed and them I'm there to do pre school drop off. I think it requires good support. DH is great!
Sorry for the essay. I say I it's what you want go for it! It's an awesome career and I love it!
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