The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 15

Hi All! I'm a crazy father of 2 ex-premed who just recently turned down Northwestern to go into a RN program. I already have an Associate in Science, but I'll be getting another ADN and then... Read More

  1. by   tmiller027
    Hey guys, I'm fairly new to this site. I'm male, and taking my prereqs, anatomy 1 and basic algebra this semester, next its' anatomy 2, and intermediate algebra. Next fall, I start the part time LPN program, then when I finish that, will roll into the RN.

    I've noticed in my classes I'm one of the few guys. Doesn't really bother me, since I've always gotten along better with women than men mostly anyway. Not sure why that is, though it drives my wife nuts sometimes lol.
  2. by   FutureArmyNurse
    Hey Guys, I'm a female taking my pre-reqs but just wanted to say I am looking forward to working with my male counterparts...I have trouble relating to women even though I try really hard! I refuse to talk about nails and hair, and I hate gossip. I'm not trying to lump all females together, don't get me wrong! I'm just biased right now because I work with a dozen catty females and can't wait to get out and work with some men, haha.
    Take care y'all...guys and gals.
  3. by   MtnMan
    Hey FutureArmyNurse taje a look at the Navy as well. I was a corspman in the nav and loved it. If I was younger I would consider going back in after i finish school but I will be too old.
  4. by   MtnMan
    Agent how many credits are you taking?? And does your spouse work outside the house?
  5. by   agent
    Only one class this semester, but my wife works nights so I have to take classes around that now..

    it sucks
  6. by   Ned the Red
    Glad I found this thread. My wife (a nurse) and I had a serious talk last weekend about job prospects for me in the future and we've decided I should quite working and go back to school full time to get an ADN. So, I've started the process of looking around the Dallas area for a good school. It's been a long time since I was in college and I'm pretty nervous about the whole thing but I'm also getting REALLY tired of getting laid off every 2 or 3 years and looking for another job.

    But, my wife tells me that a man who's an RN, has a BS in business, and can speak some Spanish should be in big demand. I'm hoping I can change my song from "Give me a job" to "Show me the money" in a couple of years.

    Meanwhile, any words of wisdom from anyone in the Dallas area on a good strategy for me? I'd like to get started in the fall of 2004.

    Thanks,

    Ned

    Another question..... I just finished reading all the posts and it looks like I'm the grandfather of this group. Anyone out there get started at my age (51) or older?
    Last edit by Ned the Red on Oct 2, '03
  7. by   agent
    I'm also trying to learn/enhance my spanish skills?

    Any tips for someone who lives much further north as in chicago??
  8. by   Ned the Red
    Fortunately I already have a basis for for it - I speak Portuguese. And, it's pretty easy to speak Spanish in Dallas. I guess just find a way to use the language as much as possible. I also listen to Spanish radio when I can and that helps.

    Or... you could move to Mexico! The weather is better there!
  9. by   agent
    No crap. Last time I was in cancun, I didnt want to leave.

    I have audio books for spanish, french, german, and russian right now and I'm trying to gain use of all of them
  10. by   Wanabe
    Just wanted to say hey!

    I am a career changer as well, after having worked 15 years in the IT industry and being laid off every 2 to 3 years.... I just cant do it anymore. After speaking to a friend of mine who is a nurse practitioner I am now convinced that the nursing field may be the way to go. I am just now starting my Pre-Reqs and it seems like it's going to be a long and difficult road ahead... I'm hoping to not to have to work while in school but I am curious if a hospital would hire someone without any nursing experience as a nurses aid? I would like to get some exposure to nursing while I am in school. Are there any work study programs for the nursing student? Should I look into volunteer work? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    - Don
  11. by   apexsw20trd
    hi guys i didnt see this thread until today and i must say it is a great supportive thread.

    i am a 28 year old single male who wants to get into nursing. but with anything i have to do alot of research into the nursing career path before i jump into a ADN program at my local community college.

    well, i graduated with a Bachelors degree in accounting and currently i am an assistant controller of a large electrical company. i dont like my job because there is no personal fulfillment of what i do. i sit in front of the computer 8-10hours a day crunching number and generating financial report. i do not find that fulfilling or exciting and i feel i can better my future with a career that will give me some achievement and i can look back and say that i made a difference in someone's life. so this is why i wanted to start my ADN program...well the job security, and that so many available RN jobs and the per hourly sounds really good to me as well.

    it is also nice to hear that other males that are in my age and older are getting into the nursing career path and i feel good about that.


    the biggest problem i face in honolulu trying to get into the ADN program is that about 200 students apply and the community college only chose about 30-40 people, and that sucks because if i start spring of 2004 on my prerequisites then i willnot be finished with my ADN degree till 2007 and i am worried that by 2007 the nursing shortage will end and that i might not have a job waiting for me in nursing.



    i woudl liek to ask a few questions for you guys...

    1... in your area do community college limits the amount of student inot the ADN program?

    2...how do community colleges chose the people admitted into the ADN program? is it by highest pre examination scores or highest GPA?


    3...for those who are in the ADN or BSN program and had to take the pre-requisites...were teh course like Zoology(anatomy I) , microbiology, or other pre-requisites courses hard . and how difficult were th class ?

    4...is it true that after about 1 year into the ADN program you willbe able to take the LPN license test and work as a LPN?

    5...do you allthink in 2007 and up the job market for Rn will be just as high and in need or will it be diminished due to so many people graduated and saturating the nursing market?


    6...does anyone know what is an average starting wage for a newly grad RN?

    thank you for your answers and keep up the great thread. i will be back to read the answers thanks.
    Last edit by apexsw20trd on Oct 5, '03
  12. by   Ruylupez
    1) My school limits class size to about 50, they said any more than that and they can't teach everyone as effectivly without more staff. I heard that over 150 people took the entrance exam for next semester.

    2) Each school is different, in mine a very high score on the entrance exam and completed prereqs gets you in automatically, for those on the with lower scores they look at your grades in the prereqs and how many you already have finished.

    3) A&P, Microbiology, and Nutrition were hard for me but any person of reasonable intelligence can pass them if they put forth the effort. Expect to spend a couple hours of study for every hour in class and you should do well.

    4) I've never heard of getting an LPN that way, but in my area most hospitals will hire students after 1 year to assist the nurses and do give tution assistance to those they hire.

    5) no idea, let me get out my crystal ball. The increasing age of the population does lead me to believe the demand for nurses will continue to grow

    6) again no idea, but you can go to salary.com and get a report on what the average nurse is making in your area. A brief report is free or you can buy a customized report. I have heard you should expect start out kind of low for a probationary period of a few months before moving up the pay scale.

    Originally posted by apexsw20trd

    1... in your area do community college limits the amount of student inot the ADN program?

    2...how do community colleges chose the people admitted into the ADN program? is it by highest pre examination scores or highest GPA?


    3...for those who are in the ADN or BSN program and had to take the pre-requisites...were teh course like Zoology(anatomy I) , microbiology, or other pre-requisites courses hard . and how difficult were th class ?

    4...is it true that after about 1 year into the ADN program you willbe able to take the LPN license test and work as a LPN?

    5...do you allthink in 2007 and up the job market for Rn will be just as high and in need or will it be diminished due to so many people graduated and saturating the nursing market?


    6...does anyone know what is an average starting wage for a newly grad RN?

    thank you for your answers and keep up the great thread. i will be back to read the answers thanks.
    Last edit by Ruylupez on Oct 5, '03
  13. by   jayna
    Am I late in saying welcome?

    WELCOME GUYS

    Got a good Suggestion to make

    It would be great for the guys to have their own thread title. 'Mens world' or 'Male discussion' or "guys club". Ask the moderators about it. Most of them are males by the way.

    :angel2: :angel2:

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