I'm 37 & male... - page 2

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about to get into a two semester LPN program. I'd be done May 2014. I have twins coming this year around August as I go into the program. I simply couldn't imagine spending those two semesters doing RN prerequisites and then... Read More


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    Just wanted to chime in - I am acquainted with a stellar NeoICU Manager (CNS-pedi/neo). He is 6'3" & probably 300# or so. He is not only a wonderful nurse manager, but has been instrumental in developing some revolutionary approaches to caring for preemies & critically ill newborns. His wife, as I recall, is a minister. They're a fabulous couple.

    L&D & Women's health may hold more challenges due to the strong patient preference for female clinicians... just look and see who the 'rock star' OB docs are these days; women are the most sought-after by all hospitals. Women just prefer working with someone who has the same equipment - much more empathetic relationship. I actually don't see why ANY one would work with that patient population - UGH. Never have seen the attraction. I'm Critical Care all the way. Maybe after working through the pregnancy/delivery & coping with twins (!) you'll decide it's not for you either - LOL.

    I think that going the LPN-first route is smart. It will provide a reliable source of income with an option for schedule flexibility while you get your RN... That's what I did. Worked full time on a compressed shift (16 h Sat & 16 h Sun) while going to school during the week for my BSN. I also had small ones at home. Thank heavens hubs was fully supportive & an engaged parent! With that schedule, I didn't actually have a 'day off' for ~ 2 years. Very do-able with the right motivation & support system.

    Best wishes & lots of luck to you. Thank your wife - it's hard work making new people.
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    Quote from pacjeffery
    I looked into all programs. The ADN programs with their prerequisite study is comparable in length to a couple of LPN-BSN programs. If I can't find a one year LPN bridge program I think I will stick with a 2.5-3 year BSN program. Going to a low wage area and then having to pay state income tax is rough.
    *** You can do LPN to RN in 9 months, I did. CLEP is your friend. However that would require relocating to an area very far from the two you have mentioned.
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    Where is said program, sir? My interest you have piqued.
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    Quote from pacjeffery
    Where is said program, sir? My interest you have piqued.
    Sent you a PM.
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    There's a guy in my RN classes who is an LPN at Children's Hospital in Columbus OH; he's a brawny-lookin dude and has never mentioned catching flack for his appearance or gender. He started in the burn unit there (said he couldn't take what he saw, psychologically) and transfered to a different unit and is happy (could've sworn it was NICU, but could be wrong).
    As others have stated, L&D and men don't mix. I actually had a good experience with my OB rotation, and no gender discrimination from the nurses nor mothers, but that was as a student with a female instructor watching over my shoulder the entire time. Something about the environment does not welcome male RNs, and most places won't hire male nurses for their OB areas for liability reasons alone.
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    Do hospitals have LPN's in the NICU?
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    Quote from pacjeffery
    Do hospitals have LPN's in the NICU?
    There might some exception some place but I have never heard of or seen an LPN in any critical care unit, including NICU.
    BTW NICU jobs are VERY much in demand and competition for them is fierce.
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    many hospitals do not hire LPN's or at least the ones i know in ny.
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    Everything you want to do can be accomplished as long as you go all in. I went back to school at 35 doing pre-reqs and started my ADN program last fall. I'm finishing my second semester now and will graduate in May 2014 at the age of 40. I also had a few careers before this one, and am working full time as a CNA in a hospital. It doesn't pay worth a darn but the hospital is paying for my education and I'll have a job after I graduate which is a HUGE advantage right now. My wife stays home (always has) and minds our kids while I go to school and work, which basically makes her a single parent. She is my hero! You can do it, stay the course! Oh, and leave off the L&D track, it will only lead to disappointment. See if you can work in Peds as an LPN and then transition to NICU if possible when you've attained your RN. Good luck brother!
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    Thank you all for the encouragement and sound advice. I feel that I can leave L&D off the table and look toward NICU. As of right now I'm going to focus on getting one step at a time.


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