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My wife decided to go back to school at the age of 40. She has been working as a medical tech at a large hospital but dreamed of being a RN. Well that was 5 years ago. She just passed her RN Board test yesterday! I am so proud of her determination and not giving up. Her advise is to go after your dreams no matter what age you are.

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Way to go Colleen!
 

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Congrats, Colleen! I think you deserve another 'Atta Girl' for that!
 
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Congratulations to your wife ! My daugther is just starting nursing school this past year , Al
 
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Give her my Congratulations as well! Kudos to you Colleen! My wife also went back to school a little later in life than most, but it was her dream to complete her Education. It's something they can never take away from you!

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Congrats to your wife, but >>

1.) 40 isn't old 2.) you listed her age, you sir need to read the wife manual :reading_the_manual: :hitting_self_roller: :thumbs:
 

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Congratulations Colleen. :thumbs:

That is no easy task to accomplish, going back to school at age 40 and raising a family and household duties. That is a JOB well done.
 
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Congratulations to your wife. Very determined.
 
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That makes her 45 now... same age as me... I, too, went back to school; albeit under different circumstances; I lost a very good paying job in a steel mill as a millwright, with abundant overtime, because I got hurt badly ---in my own front yard, no less. Coincidentally, I was 40 as well, at the time.

I have neighbors 2 doors away, who the whole family is affiliated with health care; they are empty nesters now, but the Mom and Dad and 3 daughters are all nurses, while the son works in "loss prevention" at a hospital... guess what profession they tried to talk me into going to...
I came close, as I applied for a couple of Maintenance positions at the local hospital recently but I guess they found someone they liked better...

I went to school and got an Associates in Ag Business, along with a CDL and a pesticide operators license, as I prefer outdoor work most of the time/ I finished all this in May '12.

I figured "we gotta eat, right" so there would be plenty of job security in AG.... but I found that growing up in a farming community and hanging out with my farming buddies wasn't "close enough" experience wise It seems these days, with the economy and job market as it is, what you started in is where you're gonna be stuck; career changes at mid life seem impossible. Graduating with "high honors" meant nothing these days either, unless it's in the same field you have been in for years. that also does not equate to experience in the new field I tried to enter. so my degree seemingly did me no good. Collen's certainly will!!!

After dibbling at a couple of temp jobs over the last couple of years, I had to go back to where my experience was for 18 years, turning wrenches. Locally these days, any place I went--- even along that field, they want me to bring my 25K worth of tools along for not much over min wage...

so I came across a State jobs website and found they were looking for a mechanic in the Motor Pool.... offering better pay than any of the local shops wanted to pay... I left that field in 2005 largely because my pay had "topped out"/ flat lined...

and currently, independent shops and franchises alike, think I oughtta re enter in 2013 for less than half what I made then and be happy I have a job. cant happen if I wanna pay my bills and eat too. parts sales places arent payin anything more than minimum, either; no wonder they are gettin such idiots behind the counter.

So, I went and took the State's written test to qualify for their position in October, I then interviewed the beginning of December, went for the drug test 2 weeks later and as soon as I get thru the background check hoops and such I am "in", they take a bit longer than most places.

In my case I didn't leave wrenching because I was tired of it, see above; but for those that do grow tired of "same-old, same-old" daily grind and want to shift gears, it seems everyone wants to say "too bad you're stuck" these days...

It surely helps Colleen that she was a medical tech to begin with, for sure...I'll bet she understood what the Professors were talking about in those long sleep inducing lectures a little better with that background, than alot of her school peers did.

it's great that she had the guts and stamina to stick it out and complete her goal. Going back to school at 40, is sure harder than at 20.

And it seemed hard then when, I was at the local community college directly out of High school. I didn't finish what I started then, because it seemed so hard as compared to what high School was. I often find myself wishing that I had. back then, the Commons/pool hall was more interesting back then... maybe why the school I just completed my degree from, didn't have a Pool hall!!!

I know that I definitely felt awkward these last couple of years being back in school; in my case I actually had 3 kids in my classes that just graduated High school--right alongside of my son!

And best of all, I know the pay as an RN is alot more comfortable and easier to take than what a tech makes;

Who knows; the next time I slip off a bolt, the cheater pipe slips and comes back and nails me in the face, I may well need Collen's services.... I know that I have gotten to know alot more medical people since I turned 40, than I ever thought I would...
 

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Congrats to her. My sister has went back at 54yrs old and loves it, top of her classes. You can do anything at any age if you put your mind to it. My oldest sister was in college the same time I was, she is 18 yrs older so she was in college about same age as your wife, she is an RN also.
 
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