I'm the only guy in my nursing class now...

  1. I just found out through the grapevine that I'm the only guy left in my nursing class. We only started out with two, but the other guy dropped out because he failed clinicals and our dean of nursing apparently told him that if he couldn't make it through the clinical portion of nursing fundamentals then he couldn't cut it this next semester. Our dean is a retired army nurse by the way, so she's to the point. I feel bad for him because he was a nice guy and that's a lot of time spent in school for nothing. But if you can't cut it then you can't cut it I guess. Hopefully he'll try again eventually.

    On the brighter side I'm the only guy left in my class, and my class will be the first graduating class from our university because this is the first year of our nursing program; it's a brand new program and we're the first class. Our university is 100 years old too and they're taking this nursing school very seriously because the closest nursing school aside from this new one is 45 minutes away, so a lot of people around here are glad we have it because a lot of people in my town have wanted a nursing program.

    Anyway, thought I would share that story with you all. I wonder if it's going to be weird being the only guy from now on. Everyone will probably ride me about it now..
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   moongirl
    First man to graduate from the new program!
    congrats!

    We have 6 in our class, orginally there were 10.
  4. by   locolorenzo22
    Congrats...when you graduate, you'll always be able to say you were the first male to graduate from the program. You should talk to the dean when you're done and see if you could do something through the school to promote the accessibility of nursing for men (with a few extra $$ on the side, of course). Keep the faith and let's strike a blow for manhood!
  5. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Thats exciting, the first guy to graduate from the nursing program at your school.

    My year started with two guys (of about 70ppl), but after first semester we lost one. In our final year, we're now down to about 40 people, and the one aweseome guy in our program who no one ever thought wouldn't make it has failed clinical. So, it looks like we're not going to end up graduating with ANY guys in our class.

    Best of luck to you in school this year!


    S.T.A.C.E.Y
  6. by   NeosynephRN
    That is great!!!! We started with 4 guys out of 36...and only one has quit and he quit the first semsester!!! Our class of guys are great..and they are going to be awesome nurses as I am sure you are!!! That would be too cool to be the first man ever to graduate from the school!!!
  7. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    You will be the only graduating Murse.

    Swtooth
  8. by   SA2BDOCTOR
    WAW. Congratualations!!!!
  9. by   Medsport
    Our LPN class only has two guys (me and one other). There was supposed to be 2 or 3 more that either failed or droped out of the RN program come into ours, but they did'nt show up to the orientation yesterday.
  10. by   midcom
    We had two males when we started last October. One lasted about 3 days. The other has taken lots of teasing but is great about it. We even all got to shave him when we practiced that skill. He was pretty brave. He is also probably the best student in our class. As a retired Navy corpsman he has done procedures even RNs don't get to do & his knowledge is unbelievable.
    Poor guy. He had to start at the beginning with clinicals in a nursing home learning to do CNA work. He always seemed to get the challenging residents & cleaned up more feces thanany of the rest of us.
    Dixie
  11. by   CrazyHands
    My associates program started out with total of 80 students, I beleive that 15 were male. At the end of N2, I think we have 50 students left, and lost 9 out of 15. I wondered why the attrition rate is so high for males ?? Any ideas?
    CrazyHands
  12. by   rotary
    Don't worry buddy, you'll do fine. I'm the only male in many of my nursing classes, as the other guys are grouped into different sections.

    I had one instructor tell me that my being in her class was very unique, as my input brought a "new perspective" to discussions. Just make sure that you contribute, instead of being the 'quiet shy guy' that never talks.
    Quote from CrazyHands
    I wondered why the attrition rate is so high for males ?? Any ideas?
    CrazyHands
    Some of the theory learned in class doesn't jive with a lot of us. Disclosing and discussing emotions, for example, was an incredibly difficult thing for me to do. Some people spend too much time focusing on the negatives of the program instead of looking at the bigger picture.
  13. by   Scrubz
    Quote from CrazyHands
    My associates program started out with total of 80 students, I beleive that 15 were male. At the end of N2, I think we have 50 students left, and lost 9 out of 15. I wondered why the attrition rate is so high for males ?? Any ideas?
    CrazyHands
    Well, your class had 65 girls and lost 15, and 15 males and lost 6. So you've got about 75% of the girls left and 60% of the guys left (roughly). So percentage wise there isn't a ton of difference; you can lose less guys from your class and the percentage of guys in your class will drop faster. You have to look at ratios of women to men before you look at the raw numbers. It's a perspective thing.

    Wait, this is what we were talking about right? :uhoh21:
  14. by   WDWpixieRN
    We started 3 or 4 males in our class of 40. They started dropping like flies, but they were younger males....we finished our first semester with one male, probably late 30's, and I have little doubt he'll make it!

    Congrats to you and don't feel like the Lone Ranger!!

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