Prospective male nurse with a lot of questions. - page 2

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Hi everyone. I have a lot of worries going into the nursing field, and if these questions would be better suited in another forum please correct me. First off. I'm a disabled Veteran. In the Army I was a Ranger Medic - and... Read More


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    Nursing schools may or may not have a problem with the tatoos, it will just depend on the culture of the particualr program.

    I went to a Jesuit school in an ASBN program and they didn't want visible ink. That being said, the ASBN program cut us some slack when compared to the traditional students, probably because we all had at least a bachelors degree already and it was a very intense program.

    If it's an issue I would say get some long sleeved plain white t-shirts and expect to be hot from time to time.

    The subject of lifting is near and dear to me. I'm 39 and have had a bad back since I was 17. I look like a small, balding, overweight ape so lots of times people expect me to just give a patient the old heave ho. I go looking for a lift.

    I did my immersion/preceptorship/extern at a VA. They had a no-lift policy too. Overhead lifts were in all the rooms and there were lifts that could pick a patient off the floor or get them from a chair back to bed. I've been to other no-lift hospitals as well. I'm a huge proponent of not hurting myself of a patient or a team member by trying to be superman.

    You should have a great shot at a VA job with your veteran status. The one I worked at as a student was great. There was a lot of autonomy and they let me do a lot of things that my peers never did. The benefits are fantastic and job security is excellent.

    They will even pay for your NP if you promise to stay there for a year.

    Good luck.
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    Quote from 1HOTTSHOT
    Thank you for your service.
    Thank you.

    You'd be surprised how many people look at me like I'm a psycho when they find out I was military - living in California, we never receive any thanks outside of our VA treatment.

    Now that I'm in college, with a bunch of liberal students, anytime the military comes up I'm in an uphill battle against conspiracy theories.

    I actually had a student today accuse me of being a rapist simply because I was in the military - after we had a discussion of why 1 in 3 women in the military report being sexually assaulted!
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    Quote from 313RN
    Nursing schools may or may not have a problem with the tatoos, it will just depend on the culture of the particualr program.

    I went to a Jesuit school in an ASBN program and they didn't want visible ink. That being said, the ASBN program cut us some slack when compared to the traditional students, probably because we all had at least a bachelors degree already and it was a very intense program.

    If it's an issue I would say get some long sleeved plain white t-shirts and expect to be hot from time to time.

    The subject of lifting is near and dear to me. I'm 39 and have had a bad back since I was 17. I look like a small, balding, overweight ape so lots of times people expect me to just give a patient the old heave ho. I go looking for a lift.

    I did my immersion/preceptorship/extern at a VA. They had a no-lift policy too. Overhead lifts were in all the rooms and there were lifts that could pick a patient off the floor or get them from a chair back to bed. I've been to other no-lift hospitals as well. I'm a huge proponent of not hurting myself of a patient or a team member by trying to be superman.

    You should have a great shot at a VA job with your veteran status. The one I worked at as a student was great. There was a lot of autonomy and they let me do a lot of things that my peers never did. The benefits are fantastic and job security is excellent.

    They will even pay for your NP if you promise to stay there for a year.

    Good luck.
    That's very good information! I really hope I can secure a job at a VA, simply because I want to work with other Veteran's (you get a lot more respect from a person, and gain more respect for some one when you find out they're a veteran like yourself).

    I've actually got an appt. with my physician coming up at the VA, so I think I'll take that opportunity to talk to my nurse about what they think.
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    What battalion were you in brother?


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