Quote from eaglenurse12
Hello, I am new to nursing, almost done with an ADN degree program. I have been working concrete construction most of my adult life...then got involved in healthcare and have found new direction. I am 6'3" 245 pounds. Just curious about any obstacles or insight on experience as a male nurse....and not fitting the traditional mold of a nurse. The days of Florence Nightingale are gone.....Modern "nursing" seems different than that of even 20 years ago.....? So far patient response has been positive. Anyone else feel a bit like a fish out of water, when people say that "Nursing" is something that men shouldn't do. Simply because Nursing is a feminine discription of the job....?
Are there really People who say that ???
I think that is just a way of saying YOU think that you don't belong in nursing.
If so, try to get that thought out of your head. Nursing is a great gig for men. Lots of choice areas for you to practice what you do best. Work with big people, little people, old people, young people, awake people, unconscious people, lots of people, few people, etc., etc. (you get my drift). I really liked the mental and physical stimulation of the ICU. Did it for 15 years. Now I'm a little less needy for that kind of stimulation so I do PACU and spend most my mental faculties trying NOT to get into too much physical action.
I have also taken time out from my Nursing career to sell real estate and drive a commercial vehicle but Nursing keeps calling me back. I appreciate the flexible hours and climate controlled environment. Warning: your hands do go soft cuz now you work "in-of-doors"
Now I am at the top of the Union pay scale and make six figures working 2 days a week (plus call). I got great benefits: reasonable medical care costs, paid vacation/sick time, education reimbursment, Certification and BSN premium.
I got 5-6 years left so step up and take my place so I can drift off to my permanent vacation!