Howdy, I'm new, I'm still at least a year away from starting a nursing, or pre-nursing program, but I'd still like some information/support/good clean fun.
I'll preface what I'm going to say with this: I started college pre-med, with the hopes of being a trauma surgeon (I'm good with high stress situations), but after a year I decided med school was not for me. I also found out that trauma surgery is becoming out-dated. I regret, now, that I didn't look at other options in the medical field.
I'm a junior heading for an international studies BA. I've recently had a revelation of sorts, and decided to maybe take another stab at this whole medicine thing. I started out looking at EMT/Paramedic info, and met some people online who told me to check out nursing if I wanted to have a career. I did, and I've been pretty excited about it since (I don't think I've been this excited about a life path, ever). And with my old hopes of being a trauma surgeon, I've been really looking into trauma/emergency nursing.
I've got a few questions about nursing, and nursing programs. I'm probably going to get an AD in nursing at a local community college (mostly because tuition for this program all together is a semester's tuition at the University I attend now). Is getting an associates going to hinder me from getting a job at a hospital/ER? Is my BA going to help? Would I need to get any other certification if I want to work in emergency?
I also want to know what an ER, or trauma nurse really does, a day in the life sort of job description. I've looked this up and it gives me a laundry list of vague duties, and no real clear ones... maybe that what it's actually like...?
Are there any programs similar to 'Doctor's without Borders?' My ambition in getting an international studies degree was to help refugees heading to the US, but if I could combine my want to help through medicine with helping people in war-torn/underdeveloped countries, I think I'd prefer that.
And lastly is about being a man and a nurse. How hard is it to deal with the stigma (in and out of the workplace) of being a male nurse? I'm not so worried about this, just curious.
I greatly appreciate what ever you can say. I'm in need of some support too; my friends aren't exactly that understanding of my wanting to be a nurse, but it's not that bad.
Dec 2, '06
Welcome to the site, Kurt! One thing I can suggest for people trying to break into nursing: You might consider doing some volunteer work in a local ER to gain some insight into how it all works. We can describe duties to you, but actually being there is probably far more valuable.
In regard to being a nurse and a male, I have no regrets. I think many males in nursing have found that the less of a big deal you make about gender, the more you'll enjoy the experience. I work with almost all women - heck, what's bad about that?
Dec 2, '06
The AD and BSN both are degrees that allow you to sit for NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse. With rare exceptions ADN's are enjoying a wide variety of entry level positions the same as the BSNs. (The BSN comes in hand later for more non-bedside positions where BSNs are preferred such as leadership, education, community health, etc.)
I would cruise around the ER forum here and read about their day to day lives, and ask questions there. ERs around the country vary. It's such a wide variety of patients coming in with vague symptoms, to colds, to heart attacks, strokes, stabbings, shootings, car wreck, pregnancies and female problems, a wide variety of ages. It's hard to put in a nutshell in a post what it's like. (I'm not an ER nurse btw, but have done supervision and observations in ERs). Many will take new grads, but others require some experience, but there is no special certification you need for entry level positions.
I didn't know there was a "stigma" against male nurses. Perhaps this is more internalized that the reality you will find. It's 2006, people are used to male nurses now. Occasionally a patient will perfer a female for intimate care, but that's not because of a stigma. I don't blame them, as I'd prefer a male.
Anyway, good luck and welcome to Allnurses. There are lots of forums if you come up with more questions, just post them in the appropriate forum. People are always happy to help.