Dear both Enrolled and Registered nurses,
I would love to receive feedback from nurses who started their profession at midlife and beyond. I’m an almost of 49 year old woman from Melbourne who has had unemployment issues on and off most of her life.
With the way the economy is going, it looks like nursing is the one of the only few viable professions that is strong in a recession economy. Am I crazy even to consider pursuing nursing at such a late stage of my life? By the time I qualified I’d be in my mid-fifties (if degree based) – then would I be able to cope emotionally / physically in such a demanding industry?
I have a close girlfriend who has been an enrolled nurse for over 15 years. She sees a lot of bullying amongst colleagues/medical staff. She works casually in a hospital pool to avoid such a scenario.
I’m open to hearing your feedback asap. Thanks, Patricia
Nurse Uncut adds: We covered some of these issues recently in Hazing – the hostile introduction of a new nurse