The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 69

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   semi-fly
    Quote from NurseMac
    I sit the NCLEX in Dec 06. I've bought some NCLEX books and now I really wish I had bought them at the start of my program not at the end. I especially liked Kaplan's NCLEX-RN 2007 edition which has a wonderful description of the Nursing Process - better than any other I've read. Having this clear in my mind from the beginning would have been an asset. Also, the NCLEX book breaks down questions by category and this helps narrow down the kind of answer the question is looking for. If you're starting out in nursing school - get yourself this book and other NCLEX books now!
    Are you referring to the junior/senor level courses or are you suggesting that we should get that book even for the prerequisite nursing courses?

    EDIT: Can anyone give some insite into a course sequence for the prerequisites?
    Last edit by semi-fly on Sep 11, '06
  2. by   Roy Fokker
    Here's how I did my pre-requisites::

    1) FIRST SEMESTER SEQUENCE
    Psychology
    Anatomy
    Sociology

    2) SECOND SEMESTER SEQUENCE
    Human Nutrition
    Human Physiology
    Human Growth and Development

    3) THIRD SEMESTER SEQUENCE
    Computers a general Introduction
    Statistical Methods
    Pharmacology
    Abnormal Psychology

    4) FOURTH SEMESTER SEQUENCE
    Social & Ethical Values in Medicine
    Applied Physiology

    Mine were somewhat helter-skelter because I transfered to my school and switched majors twice before settling on nursing. I might have followed a different path if offered the choice again ...
    Last edit by Roy Fokker on Sep 13, '06
  3. by   Casper21
    Yeah I know what all of you mean. There are only 6 guys in our class. It's nice to know there are more guys getting into the field.
  4. by   baker90803
    Hello Dudes!!! YEAH!!!! GOOD TO KNOW WE'RE NOT OUT THERE ALONE....SCRAMBLING IN THE LAND OF LIPSTICK AND SCRUB-FASHIONARY!!!!!
  5. by   baker90803
    Quote from firstaiddave907
    after i become a medical assistant i am still trying to decide if i want to go for my lpn or my rn what do you guys suggest what is a good route to go?
    don't think the lvn route is a good ticket. passed it up and waited for an adn slot. and happy i did!! more $ and more authority. it's a tougher deal....but if it's the route you're going---may as well go all the way!
  6. by   doubleplay
    Hello everyone. Start clinicals in the winter. I think this site is great!
  7. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from Casper21
    Yeah I know what all of you mean. There are only 6 guys in our class. It's nice to know there are more guys getting into the field.
    In my AMEDD Critical Care Nursing Course [already RNs] I had three male classmates, and only one female classmate. BTW, in the Army Nurse Corps about 34% are males, whereas in the civilian sector the male percentage is about 6%.

    Anyone interested in info on becoming an Army Nurse Corps officer?


    Madigan Army Medical Center, Critical Care Crs Class '06
  8. by   romansten9
    Hello everyone. This is my first post. I'm taking my pre-reqs and then plan to enter a nursing program for ADN. The school allows students to become LPNs after one year and start working. Its frustrating that I will only have an associate degree (I already have one associate degree) and I will end up with a total of 7 years of school and only a AS degree! By the way my state was the only one in the nation to require BSN degrees, but now they just started allowing ADNs. (I live in ND) I also happen to be a Paramedic with 17 years experience. I'm going back to school because Paramedics get paid what a high school kid at McDonalds gets paid (didly squat) We do much of the same work as RNs, but get paid 1/3 as much. Our job is more dangerous and often more challenging than nursing. I will never figure it out, it ticks me off, but I am tired of fighting the system, so here I go, becoming an RN! I'm happy to see this page for men in nursing. By the way, men were the original nurses, not the newbies (just research the history)
  9. by   piper_for_hire
    Man is your opinion of paramedics going to change after you've been a nurse for a while! You're going to cringe when you hear that the medics are bringing you a patient from the field.

    -S


    Quote from romansten9
    Hello everyone. This is my first post. I'm taking my pre-reqs and then plan to enter a nursing program for ADN. The school allows students to become LPNs after one year and start working. Its frustrating that I will only have an associate degree (I already have one associate degree) and I will end up with a total of 7 years of school and only a AS degree! By the way my state was the only one in the nation to require BSN degrees, but now they just started allowing ADNs. (I live in ND) I also happen to be a Paramedic with 17 years experience. I'm going back to school because Paramedics get paid what a high school kid at McDonalds gets paid (didly squat) We do much of the same work as RNs, but get paid 1/3 as much. Our job is more dangerous and often more challenging than nursing. I will never figure it out, it ticks me off, but I am tired of fighting the system, so here I go, becoming an RN! I'm happy to see this page for men in nursing. By the way, men were the original nurses, not the newbies (just research the history)
  10. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from romansten9
    Hello everyone. This is my first post. I'm taking my pre-reqs and then plan to enter a nursing program for ADN. The school allows students to become LPNs after one year and start working. Its frustrating that I will only have an associate degree (I already have one associate degree) and I will end up with a total of 7 years of school and only a AS degree! By the way my state was the only one in the nation to require BSN degrees, but now they just started allowing ADNs. (I live in ND) I also happen to be a Paramedic with 17 years experience. I'm going back to school because Paramedics get paid what a high school kid at McDonalds gets paid (didly squat) We do much of the same work as RNs, but get paid 1/3 as much. Our job is more dangerous and often more challenging than nursing. I will never figure it out, it ticks me off, but I am tired of fighting the system, so here I go, becoming an RN! I'm happy to see this page for men in nursing. By the way, men were the original nurses, not the newbies (just research the history)
    Good luck in Nursing School!
  11. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    Man is your opinion of paramedics going to change after you've been a nurse for a while! You're going to cringe when you hear that the medics are bringing you a patient from the field.

    -S
    After being a Paramedic for 17 years I'd think is mind is pretty clear on his opinion. I do think he will gain a better appreciation of nurses after he has been one & worked around other nurses.
  12. by   romansten9
    piper, are you also a Paramedic? I'm curious why you think that way? Are you working as a nurse now, or is that something you overheard others talking about? In my area most Paramedics are highly respected. Some of the smaller towns have in-experienced medics that might give us a bad name, but the urban medics are awesome. I teach ACLS and PALS and my best students are medics, the nurses don't know the drug calculations, don't know how to start IVs very well, and have never intubated someone even once! medics have to work under low light conditions, all weather, also bouncing around in a vehicle going 100 mph. Most nurses around here have a high respect for medics and ask them questions to learn. Medics also don't need a doctor's verbal permission to do things, we make our own decisions.
  13. by   romansten9
    hey guys, I have worked around a lot of nurses. I didnt mention that I also have 17 years experience working in 2 major hospitals in my city. I have prepared myself for what it will be like working as a nurse, and waiting for a doctor to make most of my decisions for me, etc. etc. It will be a humbling experience for sure. Hey guys, I just got here and I feel like I'm being attacked already. Most of you guys aren't even nurses and you have a bias against medics already! where did you get it? I don't have that bias against nurses, I have a high degree of respect for them as well. I have worked on the nursing side most of my life as a CNA, longer than the ambulance side, trust me I know the politics involved from both sides!

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