The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 85

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   Simpatico
    Hey count me in! Just recently graduated BSRN and taking our national licensure board exams here in the Philippines this Sunday. Like all of you guys out there, we are the minority in our class. We straight guys here are even rare species but I can see more freshmen males enrolling to boost up our ranks.
  2. by   NewMexicoJohn
    Hey Buds. This is John Colangelo in New Mexico. I am in an accelerated RN program up in Santa Fe. It's their first accelerated class, all of us have degrees alreaedy and we did about a year of pre-requisites. It's a lot of work and it's not possible to work while in school but it's only 15 months so it should go by fast. Would love to hear about challenges you guys are facing.
  3. by   Alexandersdad
    I'm glad to see there's a group out here for us "Minorities"... LOL..gotta love it.

    I'm a father of an 8 year old switching into Nursing after concluding a 15 year stint in IT. I've already got my Bachelors in computers and am working on my pre-reqs for the nursing program.

    I'm currently working as a a CNA at a Nursing home in this area. Nursing is the best place to be right now.

    Later...
  4. by   MurseBobby
    Remember, we arent a minority, we are "UNDER-REPRESENTED" ha ha ha..thats the funniest thing I ever heard...however, there are shcolarships for under-represented people, and I hope to have one this fall...

    Just an
    FYI for you fellows...

    Bobby
  5. by   MBA2RN
    Hi, I'm about halfway through a 12-month BSN program. The pace is brutal, but I'm still hangin' in...
  6. by   MurseBobby
    If anyone has any suggestions for someone who is starting an accelerated BSN program this fall I am all ears...

    I have extra time this summer...Pathophysiology starts in 4 weeks...I want to be ready....or at least more ready...any suggestions as to what I could be doing now to be better prepared...? THX
    Bobby
  7. by   voodoo
    Yo,
    I graduated a few weeks back and just passed the NCLEX-RN. The best advice I was given was 1) Know your physiology - the content of school and NCLEX is easier to grasp if you have a solid understanding of how/why the body works the way it does. If you get the big picture, the rest falls in place. 2) Know your math. Whatever system works for you; learn it inside out. 3) Know your med classifications. They don't expect you to know about every drug, so learn the classes of drugs, when you would/wouldn't give them and some basic side effects, therapeutic ranges, and expected outcomes. 4) Know how to prioritize and manage your time in clinical. This was my greatest challenge. Plus, I had a bunch of prioritizing type questions on the NCLEX. 5) Chill and have some fun once in a while. There's got to be some scientific rationale for that!
  8. by   MurseBobby
    so i have the summer...what would you suggest on how to get a better grasp on these things before school starts in august? flash cards? certain book? etc...
    Bobby
  9. by   voodoo
    Whatever method works for you. Flashcards didn't work well for me, but I know they do for most. Some of the (topic) Made Incredibly Easy were decent. I got a pathophys book used for ~$10. There's a ton available online. Thing is, pick a topic like the heart. If you can learn the basics like anatomy, blood flow, sodium/potassium pump, action potential, depolarization/repolarization, some basic ECG strips, and a few common rhythms the big picture emerges. Then meds, assessments, therapies, etc will fall into place more naturally when you learn them in school. I think this works well because whether it's on a test in school or definitely when you take the NCLEX, you'll be presented with a scenario of symptoms or vital signs and have to deduce an appropriate answer based on the given info. The more you understand the basics, the more prepared you will be to select the right answer - even if the problem seems unfamiliar. Somewhere I saw a quote "The air goes in, the air goes out, the blood goes round and round, any deviation from this is a problem." Or something like that. If you learn what it is and why it works, you'll more quickly grasp what's going on when things aren't working like they should. I hope I haven't totally confused you.
  10. by   MBA2RN
    KNOW YOUR PATHO COLD!

    If you understand the cause of a disease state, the treatment(s) will make much more sense, rather than just rote memorization. Understanding patho will also help greatly in your critical thinking.
  11. by   Simpatico
    @voodoo
    Congrats for having passed the NCLEX. I am preparing to take up NCLEX. Would you know of any really helpful review book/guide to successfully tackle NCLEX? I would really like to be comfortable with meds. What good book can I start out with? Thanks!
  12. by   Bortaz, RN
    39 year old male at South Texas College in McAllen, Tx. Starting 3rd semester of 4 in their ADN program (pedi and l&d next). Got 2 beautiful granddaughters, and am married to a 20+ year trauma/ER nurse.

    Spent most of my adult life as a prison employee for the state of Texas, but making a mid-life change in careers.
  13. by   NewMexicoJohn
    Hey Brothers,

    It's me again, John, in New Mexico. I am almost half way through our first semester of the ACCELERATED RN program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa fe. The faculty there is very cool and very supportive. The classes are really intense, we're in didactic training 8 hours a day with some lab thrown in a few hours a week. In a few weeks the Labs will get more intentse and frequent. We're doing fundamentals of nursing right now and medication calculations. THey make us get a 100% on the math exams or we cannot continue in the program. It's not difficult math but it's not a stretch to make a simple mistake and lose your 100. The campus is really cool, it's in the mountains and it's really peaceful and restful. I am still having trouble with the critical thinking component, answering a test question that may have several possible correct answers and we are asked to select the most APPROPRIATE or most correct answer. I am used to science questions that are more binary (black and white) but this is fuzzy logic and it's hard to adapt to.

    My microbiology is older than 5 years old (way older) so I have to retake that on top of my course load. I also need to take some A&P labs this year on top of my course load. I am really enjoying the program.

    I would be interested in hearing what my brothers have to say out there. I hope I can get through this!

    John in New Mexico

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