Are there any Oklahoma students on board?! - page 5

I was wondering if anyone from Oklahoma is on this board, and if so, where you attend nursing school. :p v... Read More

  1. by   Asiancutie
    Originally posted by Cynthiann
    [B]asiancutie, if you don't mind me asking, what nationality are you since you were referring to prejudism. I am half Filipino myself but I guess since I am half white I don't get much prejudism towards me. You know something weird, since I moved from Florida I don't see as much prejudice. Well, when I do see it it's coming from the older generation. But people in our age range seem to be more accepting towards other races. Back in Florida, most people only hangout with people of their race. I rarely saw interracial relationships, I actually see it much more here in OK.

    B]
    I'm Filipino. I agree with you that prejudism in OK come mostly from the older generation. It also sucks that even the most educated ones have very prejudiced attitude. I get most of the prejudism from the workplace. This is very frustrating since I am very ambitious. I think that is the reason why i am going to nursing. I would like to feel needed and i would like to feel i am doing mentally challenging because i am smart. Also, I would have a great chance in growing in my career. I won't be working in OK once i finish nursing... I can imagine the older OK nurses sizing me and laughing at me when i pronounced something wrong or shaking their heads left and right rolling their eyes if i have some errors in speaking. I think my english is very good considering that I have only been in US for 3 1/2 years. My pronounciation is very good as well. It's very frustrating. I lived in Nevada and California for a short time and i don't get such "attitude." People in Cali and NV tend to be very helpful and understanding. Here in OK... argh... let me stop now. Hopefully there is not a lot of prejudism in Washington. I hope that state will give minorities a chance to grow in their careers. I would like to move in a more diversified state someday.
    Last edit by Asiancutie on Feb 28, '03
  2. by   marilynmom
    What kind of nursing are you all interested in? I am not sure yet. I like OB, ER and ICU though.

    Marilyn
  3. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by Asiancutie
    I can imagine the older OK nurses sizing me and laughing at me when i pronounced something wrong or shaking their heads left and right rolling their eyes if i have some errors in speaking.
    Sorry, but this seems to be prejudice on YOUR part. As "an older Oklahoma nurse", I find it offensive that you assume "older" means "prejudiced".

    There are many MDs and RNs at my institution who speak English as a second language who are well respected.
  4. by   Rootbear76
    Originally posted by marilynmom
    What kind of nursing are you all interested in? I am not sure yet. I like OB, ER and ICU though.

    Marilyn
    I'm not really sure, but I think I'll like OB.

    v
  5. by   marilynmom
    About the racism thing, the medicle field in general is pretty ethnically diverse compared to a lot of other professions. Actually most fields of math and science are.

    I dont think its a good idea to just start assuming from the start that older nurses are racist, most I know are very professional and care more about the hard work you do than anything else, most dont have time to care if anyone has an accent or where they come from just as long as the nurse is able to effectivly communicate with her patients. I think if a nurse can not effectivly communicate (and that is not just how good someone speaks english) that is a big problem in general and doesnt have anything to do with racism. A lot of people have problems with effective communication (some are to shy, some cant speak english very well, some speak BAD english in general and that is their first language, etc), Im sure we all know people who are not very good communicators.

    I think all people who can communicate *effectivly* (even with an accent of some kind, whether its Phillipino, Asian, southern- some people cant understand us...lol etc) make great nurses. We need to get away from the steryotypes as who we "think" are racist.

    Marilyn
  6. by   marilynmom
    Originally posted by Asiancutie
    and there is a certain degree of prejudism here since this state is not diversified as other states.
    This state has a lot more diversity in it than people give it credit for...I dont know where you get that. You will see a LOT of interracial couples here than you will up north, etc. I see much less prejudice here than most places I have lived...and I have lived just about everywhere.

    Marilyn
  7. by   marilynmom
    AsianCutie, I lived in Washington for a few years and I LOVEd it there! Of course it rains all the time but it was so beautiful and peaceful feeling. We lived near the (arg cant remember how to spell it) Bremmington area right on the Sound. I would love to someday go back there. I know a RN who was living here and got a job out there for about $50 an hour...I dont know how long she has been an RN or if she had a masters degree or not but I thought that was pretty good money!! But its higher cost of living out there so I guess overall it just evens out. Still its a beautiful place to live.

    Marilyn
  8. by   Asiancutie
    I'm sorry if I hurt anyone feelings about my post on prejudism particularly to the older folks in Oklahoma. I am basing all my statements on personal experience. It is unfortunate I have not come accross very genuine caring people here in OK like the people I came accross in Nevada and California. I am hoping to meet some okies (those who are born here) who welcomes diversity.
    Last edit by Asiancutie on Mar 3, '03
  9. by   Asiancutie
    Originally posted by researchrabbit
    Sorry, but this seems to be prejudice on YOUR part. As "an older Oklahoma nurse", I find it offensive that you assume "older" means "prejudiced".

    There are many MDs and RNs at my institution who speak English as a second language who are well respected.
    my doctor is filipino as well and she told me about the prejudisms here in OK. i do not just assume that older means prejudice. i get most of the prejudism from the older folks. not all of them just some...
  10. by   StrugglinStuden
    I live right outside Tulsa Ok now. I guess I like it. Hubby active army, so its a big change from Hawaii and s. california. I go to Connors State and in my 2nd semester of RN program.
    Im origianally from Dallas, Tx, so this (Tulsa) is closer to home for me. Both my kids born in Texas. (first one, flew from Hawaii to Texas when I was 6 mos pg, second one, drove from California to Texas 2 wks prior to due date) All to have kiddos be native Texans!
    My four yr old is trained already... ask her what she wants to be when she grows up shell tell ya "on OU cheerleader, Then a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader"
  11. by   marilynmom
    Originally posted by Asiancutie
    I'm sorry if I hurt anyone feelings about my post on prejudism particularly to the older folks in Oklahoma. I am basing all my statements on personal experience. It is unfortunate I have not come accross very genuine caring people here in OK like the people I came accross in Nevada and California. I am hoping to meet some okies (those who are born here) who welcomes diversity.
    Oh no you did not. I think its terrible you have had such bad experiences with it here and it is an embarressment to Oklahomans that you have! My next door neighboor is Thai and I grew up with a family of Philipinos right across the street from me and they have never had any problems with racism here at all. They moved to Chicago and have more problems there than here!

    But I think overall the medical field is very diversified, which is a good thing!

    Marilyn
  12. by   Asiancutie
    Yes that is the main reason why I am going to the medical field. thanks marilyn.
  13. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by Asiancutie
    my doctor is filipino as well and she told me about the prejudisms here in OK. i do not just assume that older means prejudice. i get most of the prejudism from the older folks. not all of them just some...
    Apology accepted. Come work at OU. We are all colors and nationalities here...

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