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- by Age1 Aug 12, '10I know the job market is tough out there, but how hard is it for able bodied male nurses to land a job? I graduated from nursing school in June and passed my nclex-rn last month. I only applied to a few local hospitals and already have had two job offers. I accepted one offer and will be starting the new grad program at the start of next month. My GPA is nothing to brag about and I do not have any additional certifications. I handed my application in person and just crossed my fingers. Maybe its just because I interviewed well, but I have a vague feeling that it may be due to the fact that I am male. In all regards, just wanted share my experience and wanted to see other murse input. Thanks
- Aug 12, '10 by JENNY3113That is great! I am female, I just graduated and recieved my RN license this past June. I was also valedictorian and I can't even get an interview. I can't wait to work. I am willing to do anything, start anywhere, but every job I apply to wants experience. Didn't my clinical hours count. So frustrated. Good luck!
- Aug 12, '10 by ImThatGuyIdk.
It seems like there's a trend for men to go into the ER or some CC setting right off the bat. It seems less common for girls to do that. Perhaps because less people want or can start off in one of those above mentioned settings it's easier for men to get the jobs.
Then again, men are 7% of the nurse population right (?) so maybe they need your Y chromosomes to fill their quota. Use it to your advantage.
- Aug 26, '10 by dspevak55I think it depends on where you are located and what the area demand is. The job market, in general, now is horrible for most sectors (except health care). The only things available in East Central PA are entry-level, sales, customer service, secretarial, temp work, factory work and food service. They need CNAs, Nurses, PT/OT and Doctors here. Those people would get jobs instantly here or in the area (Harrisburg, Allentown, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton) I think that Nurses would probably get sign-on bonuses here. Again, it has to do with demand....as with any job.
- Oct 10, '10 by OldmalenursestudentBefore I went back to Nursing School here in the Ark/Ok area, I went and talked to as many resource managers at area health care facilities as I could find. The vast majority all encouraged me to apply with them as soon as I finish school, even before I take the nclex. They said I could work in a bridge program and get paid while waiting to take the nclex. The big emphasis is on hiring male nurses. I was told males have less work related programs, better attendance and seem to stay at the facilities longer than women. Don't know for sure but I plan on using this fact to my advantage.
- Oct 10, '10 by SAEsnickers86I mean its definitely hard these days. I graduated in May, pass NCLEX in june and just started working last month. Took 3 whole months for find a job. Although i wanted to go into critical care or ER I landed this job in peds Hem/onc/BMT. Not the typical male field but a very good start! it tough out there but u gotta be pesistent and take watever u can get now!
- Oct 12, '10 by commonsenseThis is an interesting topic, I've heard arguments for both sides that are tempting. I think the political answer is always going to be no because that is discrimination on sex. But logically I would think that being a male would definitely have an advantage over the females. If ImThatGuy's statistics are correct than a male would have something that around 93% of the other applicants don't have, a penis. The major advantages of hiring a male would be that the employee would be physically superior, not nearly as dramatical, and get along better with co-nurses (for whatever reason women don't get along with other women). Ladies please realize I'm not talking about everyone, just the majority, anyone care to debate the topic?
- Oct 15, '10 by Donna2careHey Guys..
Great comments on this post. As a 48 yr old male (future nursing student) and x spouse of a Nurse (BSN) I believe that there are opportunities out there for M nurses. I had the opportunity to live in a very medically professional neighborhood (Dr, Nurse and administrative) besides just having a spouse in the health career field. I had been privy to many off the record conversations re: Male nurses at private parties we hosted or we attended. The following is my opinion for what it is worth......
Doctors/ don't really care...... a plus
Administratively/ Numbers and demographics matter....... a plus
F-Nurses/ BE CAREFULL of them. Even here in NJ where there are still jobs available the nurses still Kat-fight between themselves like you would not believe so if a nurse of the opposite persuasion entered the picture Yikes!!!. Yep "X" used to get the c-phone calls from fellow F-co workers while they were supposedly on the floor or in specialized units just to spread the gossip about every and any little discrepency that could hang the Male nurse. And Texting... some private eye/lawyer/Insurance company/disgruntled fellow employee is gonna learn how to get those texts and the lawsuits are gonna fly! And the males in health care that used to come over to our home for parties wowwww when they left the girls tore them apart especially if the male nurse was in any way a threat to there future career plans ......And because the M nurses were a minority let me tell you I never saw one that stood a chance. Oh and lastly, never talk about a Dr. EVER you would be surprised at the # of "relationships" between F nurses and Dr's...... professionally or otherwise. Yeh I was at those holiday unit parties as well.......
Me keeping out of the Hospital/Medical Center settings. Going private or smaller facility setting.....
Hope this helps....... In the real world!~
- Oct 16, '10 by Donna2careHey Dspevak55,
I have lived in NJ all my life and can't wait for a change. I was a contractor but have decided to make a career change for a number of reasons. I have vacationed and visited PA many times. May I ask what county you live in and what do you think about the job outlook in your area as a LPN. I am enrolled in the LPN course here in NJ and should be Licensed with in a year. There are many reasons I can see Pa being one of the places I would like to settle. I do see moving forward with a lpn to rn as well but first I need to concentrate on the LPN venue.I am a workaholic enjoy to work nites. weekends and holidays so I am hoping that will be an advantage as well.... Do you know the real $ rate for a lpn in your general location (Medical center, LTC facility or eventual home care)
Thanks and good luck in RN program
- Nov 11, '10 by willcobra99Quote from Age1I know the job market is tough out there, but how hard is it for able bodied male nurses to land a job? I graduated from nursing school in June and passed my nclex-rn last month. I only applied to a few local hospitals and already have had two job offers. I accepted one offer and will be starting the new grad program at the start of next month. My GPA is nothing to brag about and I do not have any additional certifications. I handed my application in person and just crossed my fingers. Maybe its just because I interviewed well, but I have a vague feeling that it may be due to the fact that I am male. In all regards, just wanted share my experience and wanted to see other murse input. Thanks
Can I ask what degree you have?