From claims adjuster to ICU nurse: A new career at 52

At 52, Annie Peck is embarking on a new career, one she didn’t see coming until about seven years ago.

“We moved to Austin, and suddenly I realized it was time for a change,” she says. “I spent 20 years as a claims adjuster. I didn’t hate my job, but I knew I wanted more.”

Peck enrolled at Austin Community College with her hoped-for destination of ACC’s Nursing Program. The mother of three started taking classes part time.

“I hear so many people talk about the ACC nurses, and they all say ACC nurses are by far some of the most prepared,” she says. “That makes me feel good.”

I didn’t hate my job, but I knew I wanted more.

In December, Peck’s family watched as she crossed the stage and accepted her associate degree in nursing. She’s now preparing for the registered nurse licensure exam and has already accepted a job as an intensive-care nurse at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

“It’s been a long road,” says Peck. “I think it’s been good for my family to see that if you work hard you can do anything you want to do.”

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Peck credits her family and professors for their encouragement and support.

“There were several times along the way when balancing family and school felt overwhelming. I thought ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’ ” she admits. “But my instructors made sure I never got lost. They knew my goals and helped me achieve my dream.”

Annie graduated with a 4.0.

“I had to prove to myself I could do it,” she says. “I did, and it feels great.”

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