The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 56

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   mtreyes
    i am really enjoying a lot with my studies... i am graduating this coming october... and life as a nursing student is not really that easy...especially graduating students.... lots of BCP, exams, quizzes and paper works... but as i said, i am liking what i am doing...

    Nsg DX:

    Impaired Social linteraction related to inability to manage time as evidence by sleepless nights

    MARCIAL T. REYES, RN
    Batch October 2005
    San Beda College
    Manila, Philippines


    Quote from Crumbwannabe
    25 yr after nursing school, let me give you a piece of advice. I note not much has changed in the approach to testing when I go for CEUs and such. Here's one of the keys:

    1.) Don't get panicky. Easy for me to say because I don't suffer from test anxiety. Get some low dose beta blockers from your doc if you are on good terms for these sort of situations on an as needed basis. Get a good sleep.

    2.) Watch for cute little tricks like slipping in a "not" or something in the question.

    3.) Many questions are somewhat ambiguous, ie "what is the best answer?" when 2 or 3 answers may be true. Value judgement, lack of information in the scenario can throw you off.

    4.) Most importantly: Very often 4 answers are given. You can usually quickly throw out 2 of the 4 answers off the bat if you've studied. Of the remaining 2, sometimes you have to hold your nose and choose one. Now, when doing this always imagine what some horrible menopausal nazi in a pointed bra and a permanent scowl would expect. You will be right more often than not.

    Hope this helps
    Last edit by mtreyes on Dec 25, '05
  2. by   Rambob
    Quote from Butch
    Hello,

    I'm a 48 year old LPN nursing student. I feel that it's going to be well worth it!

    Butch
    Heck, I'm 54 and having a ball.
    Graduate this spring.

    19 days and a wake-up.

    Bob
  3. by   Crumbwannabe
    Quote from Rambob
    Heck, I'm 54 and having a ball.
    Graduate this spring.

    19 days and a wake-up.

    Bob
    Don't let them use you for the "mule" on the floor because you're a 'big stong guy'. You'll mess up your back and your time management if you are repeatedly called to do heavy work. I'm sure they can find a female or two capable of lifting or turning. This is a common hazard in the workplace.

    Also, an invite to the thread 'Male Nurses Who Cook'...I know some if not most young students and the 'established' generation (read middle-aged) have some recipies ranging from the downright dangerous to blissful.
  4. by   mingez
    Well, I'm about to enter a program and am taking care of some of my prerequisites.

    I'm now leaning in the direction of RN vs. the original RT I was initially thinking about-because of this site!! (luckily most of the prerequisites are the same.)
  5. by   jasonglh
    I will just do a little copy and paste here:

    Male
    Age 33
    Married
    In 2nd semester of ADN program

    Worked 7 years as an EMT for an ALS service Hospital based 911 service
    Worked 2 1/2 years as a Phelbotomist in same hospital
    Spent the last semester as a Nurse Extern on a Med/Surg unit.

    Looking to work in ER, ICU maybe a helo service at some point.
    Enlisting in the Army Reserve Nurse Corp may be a possibility after I get some experience if I can get enough medical waivers thrown my way.
  6. by   littlebitwf
    I am a pre-nursing major in going into my 2nd year. Im just worried that I will not be accepted into a nursing program anywhere. I know plenty of doctors and I have made rounds in the ER and OR with some doctors I know. I want to be a CRNA. But I have read about how many students apply and how they only accept so many. Does anybody think that me having connections will help me with my chances of getting into an RN program??
  7. by   Rambob
    I know plenty of doctors and I have made rounds in the ER and OR with some doctors I know. I want to be a CRNA.


    Don't try to pull strings, instead.... pull your grades as high as possible.
    Right now, the tide is turning and they are actually LOOKING for "Males in Nursing." Maintain and use those contacts later to secure a position.


    Bob
  8. by   Lambert5883
    Hello, everyone. My name is Jack and I am a 40 yr. old, husband, and father of three great kids (ages 7, 6, 4). I'm hoping to leave the IT field behind in pursuit of Nursing. I'm currently in the process, or will be shortly, of applying to Nursing schools. That's right, by the end of summer all those prereqs. will be done! I hope that upon becoming an RN that I can join the Reserves (if they'll have me at my age) and that I can, ultimately, navigate my way into a Nurse Anesthesia program.

    Glad to be here.
  9. by   jasonglh
    Quote from Lambert5883
    Hello, everyone. My name is Jack and I am a 40 yr. old, husband, and father of three great kids (ages 7, 6, 4). I'm hoping to leave the IT field behind in pursuit of Nursing. I'm currently in the process, or will be shortly, of applying to Nursing schools. That's right, by the end of summer all those prereqs. will be done! I hope that upon becoming an RN that I can join the Reserves (if they'll have me at my age) and that I can, ultimately, navigate my way into a Nurse Anesthesia program.

    Glad to be here.

    Army or Air Force?

    I'm thinking about Army Nurse Corp myself but havent made contact with the recruiter yet or should I say they have not returned my calls.
  10. by   Kabin
    Thought I heard they raised the reserve max age to ~36.
  11. by   Lambert5883
    Quote from jasonglh
    Army or Air Force?

    I'm thinking about Army Nurse Corp myself but havent made contact with the recruiter yet or should I say they have not returned my calls.

    I really have no preference, to be honest. Although, those Navy forms do look cool! But, I did serve four in the Army ('88 - '92), so I could easily see myself back with them, since I am familiar with its protocol.

    As for the age thing, if you visit the Army Reserve Web page, you'll find that for certain professions, i.e., Attorneys, Nurses, Chaplains, Physicians, and some other Health professionals, the max age requirement is 46 1/2 yrs. old --in these type of fields, one can assume a "Direct Commission" if one is already a practicing and, if applicable, licensed professional. I am not sure, but I think the same can be said for those wanting to pursue "Active Duty" status as well.

    The idea behind all this seems to be allowing a person to make retirement in 20 yrs. Although, I do believe that in some branches, you can agree to a contractual acknowledgement which states that you are cognizant of the fact that your age, at the time of enlisting, will prevent you from retiring with 20 yrs. and the necessary points to be eligible for retirement benefits.
  12. by   Kabin
    Unless I was single and had lost of student loan debt, I wouldn't consider the military. There was a recent story someone told me that made me rethink any military commitment and that is that many second seats in fighter jets are being filled with MDs. I guess I could see it if they couldn't find enough candidates willing to do that job and there are certainly many MD grads with lots of debt!
  13. by   jasonglh
    For joining the regular Army reserve it went from age 35 to 39. But for the Nurse Corp it is age 46ish. But I think since you are prior service they would credit you your time in already.

    Unless I was single and had lost of student loan debt,
    Its not about the money its about service. I'm paying for my RN school out of pocket and do not intend to have Uncle Sam pick up any of the tab. I have friends outside the wire as we speak and having a yellow ribbon on my car just isnt cutting it for me.

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