The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 28

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   malenurse1
    Originally posted by RNPATL
    I have to agree that nursing is far more than wiping butts. But at the same time, you have to have the ability to nurture and care and there are those times when you have to wipe butts. Where I work, we have few CNA's, so we are wiping butts.

    Anyway, as a nurse, I think you have to be willing to do things that perhaps are not your favorite things to do. For me, I have things I like to do as a nurse and things I can not do as a nurse ... for whatever reason, I can not manage to clean or deal with colostomys .... when I am working with them all I think about is blowing chunks right in the room. For other nurses, their weak link is sputum or something else ..... but overall, I think nursing is a great profession, despite all of its challenges.

    But to answer his original question about EMT training ... it would depend on what you plan to do after you graduate with your RN ... if you plan to enter the ED or another crticial care area, EMT training might be a good start.
    As I was reading your response befrore you mentioned sputum, I was thinking that sputum was my weakness! Funny how these things work. RN's here still wipe butts, however they are also assessing, "Is there any evidence of decubiti? What is the color and consistancy of the BM? Etc..." Always assessing!
  2. by   GT50
    Wanted to say "hi". Im new to the board and havent even started school yet. I've been working in the business world for about 8 years. I have a bachelors in accounting and im in the process of applying to a few accelerated post bach. programs. (first need to get those prerequisites out of the way)I have seen some great stuff in this thread. Has anyone thought of setting up a Male Nurse forum??
  3. by   RNPATL
    Welcome! Can I ask why you want to get into nursing? There has been many discussions that there needs to be a lot more advertisment to encourage men to get into nursing .... what helped you make the decision to return to school to become a nurse?
  4. by   septicwad
    For the job security and the pay. If you're not afraid of a working a few hours of overtime, you can do quite well for yourself. I have a BS and MS in chemistry and intend to pursue anesthesia and perhaps teach in some capacity as well.
  5. by   RNPATL
    Originally posted by septicwad
    For the job security and the pay. If you're not afraid of a working a few hours of overtime, you can do quite well for yourself. I have a BS and MS in chemistry and intend to pursue anesthesia and perhaps teach in some capacity as well.
    That is great and congratulations on your decision to join our profession. I can say without hesitation that I have never regretted being a nurse and I have been in the profession for 20 years. Nursing is one of the few professions that allows for much career diversity. If you get bored in one area, there are numerous areas to chose from. Again welcome and best wishes for success.
  6. by   piper_for_hire
    I'll chime in on this one too. I start my accelerated post bacc next month after chipping away at my pre-reqs for the last 18 months.

    I agree that security and decent pay with overtime is very attractive. It does seem that everybody and their brother wants to become a CRNA though. It would seem that if there were more highly paid specialties like CRNA, there would be a lot more men in nursing today.

    The real question is .... are there any men going into nursing that do *not* intend to become a CRNA?

    -S
  7. by   jemride
    Sup dudes,

    I am about to start an accelarated BSN program in May and I am excited and terrified all at the same time. I keep coming up with scenerios as to what I might face as a male student during the course. Scenerios that both encourage me and that scared the s*** out of me.

    Just yesterday I was taking with a few of the nurses on the unit where I work . I am a scrub tech on an L&D floor. They were taking about their experiences with the 1st time they had to place a Foley in a male patient. Just then I almost had a panic attack when I realized that sometime soon I would be doing the same thing. It freaked me out and at that moment I began to question whether I can actually go through with this.

    Anyways, I realized that I have come too damn far to allow myself to be discouraged by that. My question to you guys is how did you deal/handle having to work with some other dudes junk (genetelia)? I am just curious as hell to hear what other awkard and unconfortable situations you have had to faced and push through as a nursing student. Also, a little advice on how to handle awkard/uncomfortable situations which male students might face, would be greatly appreciated.

    I apoligize of this has already been asked. Maybe we should have our own "Male Nurses/Male Student Nurses" Forum. Just a thought.

    jemride
  8. by   septicwad
    Well, piper_for_hire, I tried the MBA route for one semester. That pays pretty well, but I realized it wasn't for me. I actually started my career in the medical field about twenty years ago, in the Army, as a medic. With my background in chemistry, don't you think CRNA is a natural career progression? As far as teaching goes, I did some of that while I was in graduate school; being back in college made me realize how much I enjoy the academe. I'm also interested in hyperbaric medicine and flight nursing. I wish I were about twenty years younger so I could do it all!
  9. by   piper_for_hire
    Hey - don't get me wrong! I'm not saying that being a CRNA is a bad thing, it's my goal as well. It's just that it seems that about 99% of people I talk to are getting into nursing with that same exact goal in mind.

    I don't think it really matters what our degrees were before our BSN degree. As many CRNAs have told me, "they'll teach you all you need to know in school"

    -S
  10. by   malenurse1
    Originally posted by jemride
    Sup dudes,

    I am about to start an accelarated BSN program in May and I am excited and terrified all at the same time. I keep coming up with scenerios as to what I might face as a male student during the course. Scenerios that both encourage me and that scared the s*** out of me.

    Just yesterday I was taking with a few of the nurses on the unit where I work . I am a scrub tech on an L&D floor. They were taking about their experiences with the 1st time they had to place a Foley in a male patient. Just then I almost had a panic attack when I realized that sometime soon I would be doing the same thing. It freaked me out and at that moment I began to question whether I can actually go through with this.

    Anyways, I realized that I have come too damn far to allow myself to be discouraged by that. My question to you guys is how did you deal/handle having to work with some other dudes junk (genetelia)? I am just curious as hell to hear what other awkard and unconfortable situations you have had to faced and push through as a nursing student. Also, a little advice on how to handle awkard/uncomfortable situations which male students might face, would be greatly appreciated.

    I apoligize of this has already been asked. Maybe we should have our own "Male Nurses/Male Student Nurses" Forum. Just a thought.

    jemride
    I'm not sure I understand your concerns about dealing with other peoples body parts. You are there as a nurse and a care provider. There should be no other conotations attached to anything you do. Just remember that we want to "do no harm". Putting a catheter in a male or a female carries with it the same responsibility. Remember that your patient is placing their complete trust in you and your professionalism. Keep this in mind and you should do fine.
  11. by   agent
    Originally posted by piper_for_hire

    I don't think it really matters what our degrees were before our BSN degree. As many CRNAs have told me, "they'll teach you all you need to know in school"

    -S [/B]
    seems to be a great deal of tech people going towards nursing.. oddly enough.

    What makes a techie say. I want to be a nurse?
  12. by   Kabin
    I haven't heard of a lot of CRNA desires from the males. As far as I can tell, there aren't that many CRNA schools out there and that may be a large factor. On the otherhand, being an male/NP is a different story.
  13. by   GT50
    Reasons for changing careers to nursing? I've been in accounting for a while now and just dont like it. I have a sister who is a nurse and a brother who is a firefighter/medic and both love what they are doing. I have my EMT-B cert. but I cant tell the wife and kid I just took an $10 hr EMT-B position because I wanted to try something new before I turn 30. So, I think the primary reason Im interested in nursing is because financially it makes sense for my situation and it seems to be a career that offers different paths to take. Again, im at the very begining of this whole process (havent even gone to the open house yet) so things could change. Thats why I like these sites. So, if anyone knows of pit falls or roadblocks to watch out for please let me know. Again, lets get a Male Nurse forum going!!

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