Male nurses i have a question?

  1. 0 This may sound stupid but does being male affect your chances of getting into nursing school at all?
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  3. Visit  futurenurse1248} profile page

    About futurenurse1248

    Joined Jan '12; Posts: 44.

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  4. Visit  BostonFNP} profile page
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    I don't think any school will tell you that it affects your chances one way or another.

    That being said, it definitely doesn't hurt your chances from what I have seen.
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  5. Visit  Deredain} profile page
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    I'm not aware of any quota. The school I got into went by the admission criteria and an entrance exam. I have 15 guys in my class of 80. Didn't seem to hurt us.
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  6. Visit  BostonFNP} profile page
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    I should have said, we started with 5 guys out of 60 students in our cohort. We are down to 3 guys in about 45 students now in the second half of our FNP program.
  7. Visit  pedro2012} profile page
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    I don't think my being male had any factor in me getting accepted in nursing school. its all about the test scores and other requirements.
  8. Visit  MN-Nurse} profile page
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    Nope.
  9. Visit  bigboi} profile page
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    When I went to submit my application in person, one of the ladies there was very happy that I was applying. She talked about how they didn't get too many men applying to their program. I believe you still have to competitive but on the other hand, I do think it helps being a guy. Many of the females nurses at my job urged me to apply based on the fact that I would be admitted because I was a guy. I've gotten accepted to one program already and waiting on two more to make my final decision. I think many people will say that being a male makes no difference, but I beg the differ. Every hospital unit cherishes a male or two around. I'm not trying to be a braggart but I'm a CNA and I know I'm a prized commodity on my unit.
  10. Visit  _firefly} profile page
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    I'm going into it thinking if anything it should only be an advantage from the physical point of view. From what little I've been involved in it in the past, medical work can be very physical not only in terms of the typical moving of patients, but sometimes literally fighting to hold them down or keep them from running off. Plus I think it creates a healthier work environment having at least a few of each sex present. I'm coming from working in engineering where the ratio is the opposite and I can tell you that is nice to have the few females that we do have in terms of a different point of view on things at times.
  11. Visit  zieglarf} profile page
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    I don't think it makes any bearing on getting into school. They should be looking at entrance test scores not gender.

    There is a shortage of men in nursing though. The LVN classes at my school start with about 30 students and seem to be getting about 4, 5, or 6 males in each class.

    We finish this week and have our pinning ceremony Friday night. Ten are pinning and 4 of us are male.
  12. Visit  NCRNMDM} profile page
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    No, it would be discriminatory for schools to judge applicants based on sex, race, religion, etc. Admission to nursing school is based on grades, interviews, your personality, and other information like that. If you have a good GPA, a passion for nursing, and good recommendations, then you have the same change of getting in as anyone else does.
  13. Visit  PMFB-RN} profile page
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    Officially? No. Unofficially? Yes. I was the only man in my nursing school (yes the whole school all classes). It seems to me that they bent over back wards to help me get in and while I don't think any admission standards where broken, they may have been bent a little. They hadn't had a male for several years at the time I applied to the LPN to RN program. It may also been cause my veteran status, or maybe my status as a former dairy farmer (this is Americans Dairyland).
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  14. Visit  pedro2012} profile page
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Officially? No. Unofficially? Yes. I was the only man in my nursing school (yes the whole school all classes). It seems to me that they bent over back wards to help me get in and while I don't think any admission standards where broken, they may have been bent a little. They hadn't had a male for several years at the time I applied to the LPN to RN program. It may also been cause my veteran status, or maybe my status as a former dairy farmer (this is Americans Dairyland).
    only male student in the whole school?!!!! AWESOME!!!
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  15. Visit  Bob_N_VA} profile page
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    As everyone else has said, officially there is no discrimination for or against guys getting into school. Unofficially, they love having a few of us in there, it adds a perspective to the class that is badly needed. For two years, I was the only guy in class, now that we picked up our bridge (LPN to RN) students we have one more. It not all roses though, at times the estrogen level gets a bit much but you have to be up to it if you want to function in this majority female profession. Hopefully the male advantage will help when it comes to finding a job. Ask me in a year how that went.


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