The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 38

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   RNPATL
    Quote from JimmyMallo
    I'm a 28yo male starting the FasTrack ADN program in the fall!! Austin Texas Ya'll
    What is a fast track ADN program? I thought the ADN program was a fast track by its pure nature that it is a 2 year degree? Please enlighten us.
  2. by   catcolalex
    general nursing 95% female 5% male, CRNA 55-60% female 40-45% male, thats where we go to hang out I guess.
  3. by   JimmyMallo
    Quote from RNPATL
    What is a fast track ADN program? I thought the ADN program was a fast track by its pure nature that it is a 2 year degree? Please enlighten us.
    The FasTrack program is new at Austin Community College. You do the same pre-reqs as other ADN programs but your nursing school is compressed into 4 back to back 15 week semesters 2 weeks between semesters. No summer or winter break just 2 weeks between each. It only takes 16 months to get your ADN once in the program. They only take 20 students per semester and I'm in the first class starting this fall. The only downside is that some of your lecture courses must be taken online because of time constraints.
  4. by   ChrisA
    Quote from JimmyMallo
    The FasTrack program is new at Austin Community College. You do the same pre-reqs as other ADN programs but your nursing school is compressed into 4 back to back 15 week semesters 2 weeks between semesters. No summer or winter break just 2 weeks between each. It only takes 16 months to get your ADN once in the program. They only take 20 students per semester and I'm in the first class starting this fall. The only downside is that some of your lecture courses must be taken online because of time constraints.
    Whose time constraints? Yours? :chuckle That sounds like a grueling schedule, man! Good luck. Check in whenever your head bobs above water to let us know how it's going. What are the clinicals like?
  5. by   RNPATL
    Quote from JimmyMallo
    The FasTrack program is new at Austin Community College. You do the same pre-reqs as other ADN programs but your nursing school is compressed into 4 back to back 15 week semesters 2 weeks between semesters. No summer or winter break just 2 weeks between each. It only takes 16 months to get your ADN once in the program. They only take 20 students per semester and I'm in the first class starting this fall. The only downside is that some of your lecture courses must be taken online because of time constraints.
    Wow - good luck! I struggled to get through my ADN program because of all the reading and all the learning I needed to do. Your program sounds really tough and only the best will survive. Good luck. See you on the other side.
  6. by   JimmyMallo
    Quote from RNPATL
    Wow - good luck! I struggled to get through my ADN program because of all the reading and all the learning I needed to do. Your program sounds really tough and only the best will survive. Good luck. See you on the other side.
    Thanks! I think I'll need all the luck I can get. The only reason I'm doing it is because I'm 28 and I set a goal to be a licensed CRNA by the time I'm 35!! Besides, if I fail my girlfriend will have been supporting me all this time for nothing, and I value my life too much to let that happen!!
  7. by   dempz
    cool man....great to hera from some one finally making some head way, i'll find out exactly wha college she in to den it will be easier.....som are you doing the nursing course soon....how do ya find seattle?? really impreassed with the gaelic you spoke how did ya know it??!! any tog bog a!(spelt as you would pronounce...meaning take it easy) wil be in contact soon....
  8. by   nikonos
    Greetings guys. I'm glad that there is a huge thread devoted to communication between male nurses because there are only six guys in the nursing program at my school and none of them are very helpful when it comes to questions. Rock on.

    I'm in Louisville, Kentucky and just switched to an ADN program from working on a zoology degree for the past year and a half. I'm guaranteed admission into the CC RN program this fall with my gpa and transfer credits, whereas I would have another three and a half years left if I were to have stayed at my university and went for the BSN option. I have to take my CNA class next month before I can begin clinicals and then I get to come out as an RN in two years with relatively little debt.

    Though I haven't had any first-hand experience with patient care yet I have had more than a few science courses and dealt with enough college paperwork to fill several phonebooks so I will chime in whenever I can to add to the discussion or help someone out. Cheers.
  9. by   Ari RN
    You girls are sooooo sneaky. Who invited you to the men's ONLY CLUB? Well, here is a brand new RN. Just took the NCLEX and passed. I am glad that more and more guys are joining the group. That way I won't feel weird!!! :imbar I just love the fact that the majority of my co-workers will be FEMALES. Honestly I'm not a PIG ladies...... Oink oink. Just kidding!
    -Take Care All-
  10. by   Ari RN
    Why is it that when your taking your pre-req you get A and B+? Once you start your nursing courses everything tumbles. You receive C's. Actually your C feels like an A. I'm just glad I finally graduated!!!!!!!

    Rock ON Gentlemen :angryfire
  11. by   RNPATL
    Quote from Ari RN
    Why is it that when your taking your pre-req you get A and B+? Once you start your nursing courses everything tumbles. You receive C's. Actually your C feels like an A. I'm just glad I finally graduated!!!!!!!

    Rock ON Gentlemen :angryfire
    When I entered my RN program, I had a 4.0 GPA. Little did I realize that my GPA would change, in a big way! I never saw another "A" again until the last class of my last semester. No matter how much I studied, no matter how hard I worked, I still would not get an "A."

    I finally discovered that the tests in my school were all written by women. There were no male instructors in my program. The plain fact (in my opinion) is that I simply think and have judgements that are different than women. The basis for answering test questions came from my studies and past nursing experience. But, I passed and graduated .... all the same, I think men think differently then women and it can be reflective in their grades. Sad, but true.
  12. by   catcolalex
    grades drop because a lot of nursing is theory, ideas and crap like that, pre-reqs are science, absolutes etc.
  13. by   RNPATL
    Quote from catcolalex
    grades drop because a lot of nursing is theory, ideas and crap like that, pre-reqs are science, absolutes etc.
    I agree. Nursing theory is more related to experience and judgement and one's ability to make sound judgements. If you can critically think through a process, most generally you can answer a question. However, early on in nursing school, the ability to critically think through anything can be and is very difficult. As students, there is not enough learned knowledge or understanding to think about a patient's care globally until after you learn more and can fit all the pieces together. I know this now, but really stuggled gettng it in my head at the time.

    I would be interested in taking a poll from the male students out there that read this thread. How many of you had a strong GPA going into your nursing program (like 3.60 or better) and how difficult are you finding the tests?

    My female counterparts in school tended to have better grades than I did. It certainly was not because I did not study as hard as they did. In fact, most of us were in study groups together and I would still get a "B" on tests. Of course, now that I look back at it, none of the B's really matter, and I have never had an employer say to me, "What was your grade for Nursing Process three? But, it would be interesting to see if other male students feel the same way.

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