The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 83

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   jaywolves
    Just a little follow up - week four of my CNA program next Saturday and I'm really enjoying this class. I tested into Intermediate Algebra and get to start those pre-requisites this week! I'm a bit nervous, but I am enjoying class so far.
  2. by   Flames9_RN
    Howdy!! Im in a 2 yr ADN course(now second semester). I believe we started the class off with around 230 students, and I bet there isn't even 20 guys! I know we are down below 170 students now and lost a few guys as well!! So far soo good. best o l uck to ya ll
  3. by   jlnmoreno77
    I'm a thirty year old nursing student in my first year in the nursing program at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. I was on the waiting list since 2005. i just got in this January. I've been working as a CNA close to home. I have to admit it is not fun.Moest of the women I work with are great cannot complain, but there are a few that can turn your hair white if you let it..I one of eight in my particular intro to nursing class.i feel thats a pretty good percentage...
  4. by   SteveNNP
    Quote from jlnmoreno77
    I'm a thirty year old nursing student in my first year in the nursing program at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. ...

    Dude, I live like 15 minutes from Brookdale!
  5. by   NURSEDADDY07
    Hey jaywolves and BChahc,

    I admire your ambition and desire for something different. I too have been faced with the similar feeling of needing a career change, except I've been a bartender/server for a long time. It makes great money, but has absolutely no future in it. So about 5 years ago, I decided to go back to college, which as you well know, is quite intimidating.

    Anyway, to make a long story short, I got used to the new routine of school/work/family (in that order), and I graduate in August from a BSN program in Florida. I love what I am learning, and it is very rewarding at the end of the day.

    The BEST part about nursing is that is so diverse. If you don't like med/surg, you can go to cardiac, if you don't like that, you can work in peds, etc.etc.
    You will never have to struggle to find a job in your local area, and you can make as much money as you want $$$$. OT is almost always available, and if not, you can work at a second hospital per diem for probably twice what you would make at your first job.

    The sky's the limit gentlemen, so forget the naysayers. You will soon have the skills necessary to save lives, which in my opinoin, is way more critical to life's knowledge than what today's plastic society has to offer
  6. by   NURSEDADDY07
    I just wanted to throw something out there for many would-be nurses that you may not be aware of.

    The U.S. Air Force has been doing some serious recruiting of RN's lately. In fact, they are offering up to $25,000 sign on bonuses for BSN's. BSN's would be the ones to primarily benefit from joining. they would immediately be started off as a leutenant, and make a very good starting salary. I think the contract is for either 4 or 6 years, I can't remember.
    So, if anyone is interested in this, I'm sure all you have to do is contact your local Air Force recruitor.
    It's not personally for me, but thought I'd let you know about another job opportunity available for nurses out there.
  7. by   Jason1601cross
    yeah, there are a few. There are 2 in my class of 20, and like 12 in my school of 100. While my female classmates are pretty cool, sometimes it does get wierd. Like when they talk about the hottest guys on TV, or their period, or giving birth, or talk about men being the scum of the earth. you know, girl talk.
  8. by   jsano19
    Hello gentlemen. I just wanted to say hello because I, like everyone here, have taken the plunge into a Nursing career. The words of encouragment I see floating around this board is so uplifting and makes me realize I am doing the right thing. I'm only 26, and have been working in the IT field for 2 years. I'm not 15 to 20 years in like I see a lot of my fellow career changers are, but it's been enough for me to realize how much I dislike the corporate world. I felt kind of, well, ashamed at first because I busted my @ss through college and have a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering and a Master's in IT, just to work in the field for a few years and go "Eh....this isn't for me, time for something new." It makes me fearful that I may never find the career path that I feel fulfilled in at the end of the day. However, reading the posts on this forum have helped me to understand that I'm glad I'm making this choice now, and now suffering in a field that I can't stand any longer. I have been officially accepted to Georgetown University's 2nd Degree Bachelor's program starting in August (I just found out yesterday....phew, such a relief) so I am well on my way to making the change. Thank you everyone for the words of encouragment I see and good luck to all!
  9. by   tiskatt
    Quote from SteveRN21
    Dude, I live like 15 minutes from Brookdale!
    And so am I!
  10. by   NURSEDADDY07
    This is a great opportunity for you, my friend. But don' t fool yourself that you are getting away from corporate america- it exists just as much as in IT, only different. Politics and money are still the ultimate foundation, but at least you will hopefully find inner gratification in your career. Any career has its politics and downfalls, but find your nitch, and congrats on your new endeavors. It is a very rewarding occupation. You wipe a lot of ass, but I approach it as how would I want my mother treated in a hospital. Good luck!
  11. by   nunley
    +1 to the list of Male students.

    I'm in 3rd quarter of 2yr RN program.
    Youngest of 4 men in a class of about 60.

    Glad I found this place.:typing
  12. by   Absolutely13
    Hello all.

    I'll be applying to a nursing program in August for the spring term. It's been a long, slow ride to get to this point.

    I come from a construction background which, as the years went by, became something I hated and eventually became depressed about. I hated to wake up in the morning. I was truely in a rut.

    One day, at the age of 39, I decided I've had enough. I can't go on this way and need something new to do. I never graduated high school, but did get my GED for a 3 year stint in the Army. The fear set in as to whether or not I had the brain power to do anything else. My relatives and friends were mostly silent about the issue, but talked behind my back about me making a "crazy" decision.

    I had a paltry nest egg set aside that was enough to pay for tuition, books, macaroni and cheese and blood pressure meds to counter the mac & cheese. I would start on the prereq's for the ADN program at the local community college. The entrance test revealed I was mathematicly retarded and would need to take algebra preparatory classes....all of them. As a result, my first two semesters in college didn't yield too many college credits. I muddled through and passed the prep classes and got A's in the college classes I did take. My confidence swelled, as I realized that hard work could overcome challenges. I could do this if I put my mind to it.

    So why the RN decision? Simple, really. My mother had a chronic illness for most of her adult life that required many hospital visits and home health care. I got to meet and observe dozens of nurses who would come in and out of her life. Most were wonderful, competent people - but some were not. It was the ones who were not that allowed me to think I was capable of being a nurse. Heck, even I could do better than that. I admired the profession and knew I could be good at it. I could be proud of myself as an RN, unlike my construction supervisor past where I worked with felons, addicts and a few good people. Thank God that is over.

    So, I'll end where I started. Applying to a two year ADN program in August with a 3.91 GPA and a new appreciation for wholesale changes and hard work.

    And proud to be a member of allnurses.com
    Last edit by Absolutely13 on Apr 19, '08
  13. by   donsterRN
    Quote from Absolutely13
    Hello all.

    I'll be applying to a nursing program in August for the spring term. It's been a long, slow ride to get to this point.

    I come from a construction background which, as the years went by, became something I hated and eventually became depressed about. I hated to wake up in the morning. I was truely in a rut.

    One day, at the age of 39, I decided I've had enough. I can't go on this way and need something new to do. I never graduated high school, but did get my GED for a 3 year stint in the Army. The fear set in as to whether or not I had the brain power to do anything else. My relatives and friends were mostly silent about the issue, but talked behind my back about me making a "crazy" decision.

    I had a paltry nest egg set aside that was enough to pay for tuition, books, macaroni and cheese and blood pressure meds to counter the mac & cheese. I would start on the prereq's for the ADN program at the local community college. The entrance test revealed I mathematicly retarded and would need to take algebra preparatory classes....all of them. As a result, my first two semesters in college didn't yield too many college credits. I muddled through and passed the prep classes and got A's in the college classes I did take. My confidence swelled, as I realized that hard work could overcome challenges. I could do this if I put my mind to it.

    So why the RN decision? Simple, really. My mother had a chronic illness for most of her adult life that required many hospital visits and home health care. I got to meet and observe dozens of nurses who would come in and out of her life. Most were wonderful, competent people - but some were not. It was the ones who were not that allowed me to think I was capable of being a nurse. Heck, even I could do better than that. I admired the profession and knew I could be good at it. I could be proud of myself as an RN, unlike my construction supervisor past where I worked with felons, addicts and a few good people. Thank God that is over.

    So, I'll end where I started. Applying to a two year ADN program in August with a 3.91 GPA and a new appreciation for wholesale changes and hard work.

    And proud to be a member of allnurses.com
    Congratulations! I think with your determination to succeed, you'll do incredibly well. Much good luck to you.

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