The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 9

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   DMR1
    Good to see all these guys here

    anyway, today I had a skills assesment test. It's manditory for my nursing school, but doesn't effect your grades or placement.

    I finished the test, and passed it all GREAT except for the part of the test which deals with understanding what you read. I scored 80.7 out of 100.

    The instructor actually asked me if I had a learning disability! wow! I graduated highschool being on the honour roll 3 times, had an 80+ average including Math A B and C 30, Calculus, Physics, English A and B 30, psychology, Law, Chemistry, Biology, all with over 80 averages, and she thinks I have a learning disability!

    ahhh i was so mad! I hope she wasn't trying to discourage me from starting the course just because I'm a guy....

    I think I'm reading too much into this, but it still made me feel stupid.
  2. by   Enabled
    Originally posted by DMR1
    Good to see all these guys here

    anyway, today I had a skills assesment test. It's manditory for my nursing school, but doesn't effect your grades or placement.

    I finished the test, and passed it all GREAT except for the part of the test which deals with understanding what you read. I scored 80.7 out of 100.

    The instructor actually asked me if I had a learning disability! wow! I graduated highschool being on the honour roll 3 times, had an 80+ average including Math A B and C 30, Calculus, Physics, English A and B 30, psychology, Law, Chemistry, Biology, all with over 80 averages, and she thinks I have a learning disability!

    ahhh i was so mad! I hope she wasn't trying to discourage me from starting the course just because I'm a guy....

    I think I'm reading too much into this, but it still made me feel stupid.
    DMR1, blow it off because as an instructor she should have said nothing. Do you have an idea why you scored what you did? If so see if you can get some ideas from former teachers. Maybe a speed reading course as that will certainly come in handy with all the work you will have to read.
    When my brother was in the 1st grade he had a teacher who taught on Saturdays students who were gifted. They only went to school the one day a week. Well, my brother did have a learning problem and was not going to be an academic genius. At the end of the first grade she was planning on keeping him back. The problem was her perception of his work not the overall picture. She was constantly making comparisons. Well, he changed schools and went on to graduate from a good high school and is working at what he wants to as well as working on vehicles on the weekend.
    There will be others in your life that will do this. We have all had it happen one time or another so just let it go as your an adult and she was not being a professional nurse or instructor.
    My grandmother was from Nova Scotia just outside Halifax. I have been their several times and love it. I don't think I will be able to go back again. Look up my personal email and you can write me if you need help with classes or rude instructors. I have 20 years + behind me so I have learned a few tricks as many of u s have.
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  3. by   Enabled
    Originally posted by DMR1
    hey

    I'm 18 and Im starting the NEPS program in a few weeks (Nursing Education program of Saskatchewan)

    I'm taking 4 year course, then working in the ER or as a Perioperative RN for a few years, then I plan to continue my education with a little experience behind me and become a Nurse Practitioner

    I'm glad to see so many guys on this board. I am totally FREAKED out that I will be alone in my nursing classes (we have 250 seats, only 12 are guys) and I don't want to sit by myself everyday because I don't want to talk about hair or nails.

    Hopefully I'll meet some girls who watch CFL lol. I'm sure there are going to be plenty of people in the my classes that I'll get along with.

    Good luck to everyone.
    What about the hockey season. Go Bruins and not the ones from California but Boston. I am proud you guys are taking on a new challenge and your varied experiences you have had will prepare you for working with staff members who are already in place as well as give some administrative work in the event you take that route.
    Buy the way we didn't talk about nails or hair but about the next days clinical or a test that had just passed or was coming up. I think one of the most beautiful signs I have seen is a male nurse holding a premie in one hand and being so gentle. Male nurses should not have to worry about that. Guys before doing a procedure on a female as first and give her the option. Sometims if you have chronic patients and they get to know you they still prefer a female nurse particularly the older ones. This also protects yourself from any problems.
    Also, find out your schoools liability coverage as well as the institution you will be doing clinicals in. My advice is even though you are a student you can still be pulled in to legal action. You will be working based on your clinical instructor's license many times but as soon as a facility can that will disenfranchise a student or employee so that they are carrying less of the load. Malpractice insurance is realitively cheap but good to have. Even as you begin practice it is always good to carry your own policy and don't tell anyone you have it or the limits on it. If a client doesn't know then there is less chance of a problem. Once someone knows there are dollar signs the red flags go up. As they say cover your butts as we do.
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  4. by   Enabled
    Originally posted by kimmicoobug
    Hey guys. I just graduated from an ADN. Some of the best students that I know will make the best nurses were the guys in my class. I am so glad to see more and more male students take up nursing.

    Kim--another female
    Kim congrats on completing your degree and getting your RN. It is not an easy task with all the commitments of the day. A hearty and warm welcome to you KIM RN

    If you plan on getting your BSN and can arrange it begin taking at least one class a semester and then you will have it complete and not be pressured like you are for the ADN. The last two years of the BSN are nowhere near as difficult and I am almost 50 and should graduate in December and thinking Master's
  5. by   Bumpus
    Hi everyone:

    I am a nursing student who decided to change careers after spending many years working in the data communications industry as a Cisco Systems Product line manager. I have a BA in business and AAS in computer science. I become very interested in learning more about heart failure three years ago and got hooked while researching the subject, making the transition into the health industry this June. I really enjoy this so much more.

    I am pursing a ADN, later BSN - wanting to work in cardiac rehabiliation - I think - too new to really know.

    I work with about a dozen very experience nurses - all women, except for one CNP, and feel they are some of the best people in the world. I have not experienced any problems and do my best to help the nurses who I now respect much more after learning what the nursing profession really involves. I even got invited to go out with the nurses to grab a margarita (beer for me) tonight.

    Take care.

    Bumpus.
  6. by   Mister Chris
    Well, to all those potential male nurses - you should have been with me when I started nurse training at Kings in London some years ago. I signed my christian name as Chris (and not Christopher) on my forms and it was assumed that I was a female. After the confusion sttled down and after nearly puting me into a female hostel dorm for PTS I had to stay in an ajacent part of the building with some medical students - all but one of them were female! In that year's intake for student nurses I was the only guy. 98:1! As if that wasnt bad enough, My seniors, tutors, CN's, CNC's and my councellor were all female. I was even awarded nursing caps and a cape! (I had to return the cape but was allowed to keep the nursing caps that I received right up to my final year - thank goodness I did not have to wear them!)
    That was over 30 years ago and I am still Nursing. Be a man and just roll with the punches, put up with the remarks and create your own image as a MALE NURSE. I dare you.
  7. by   FsPilotMed1
    Hey all,

    Nice thread you got going here. I'm a 22yo male, starting my BSN work at Purdue university in less than a week! Currently working as an aide and a ward clerk at a hospital in the Lafayette, IN area. Hope y'all have a good semester!

    Dan
  8. by   agent
    I only have one class.. its part of the program called "Intercultural Communications"

    Im also hoping to brush up on my spanish before starting clinicals
  9. by   HoosierBoy
    I am 28, married with two children. I have put off going to nursing school twice because of my fear of how it will affect my family.

    I currently work in warehouse management and make pretty good money, but I am absolutely miserable.

    I feel like being a nurse is my calling, now I just need to take the leap of faith. Hopefully I will start in the spring if I get the nerve.

    Great to hear about all you guys that are married with children. It gives me motivation.
  10. by   tgibson3770
    Men are in high demand within the nursing industry. We get higher pay and preference in hiring, usually, unless your a doofus. But being single and outnumbered by a group of women isn't so bad, is it?
  11. by   tgibson3770
    I am 28, married with two children. I have put off going to nursing school twice because of my fear of how it will affect my family.

    I currently work in warehouse management and make pretty good money, but I am absolutely miserable.

    I feel like being a nurse is my calling, now I just need to take the leap of faith. Hopefully I will start in the spring if I get the nerve.

    Great to hear about all you guys that are married with children. It gives me motivation.





    You're not getting any younger. Quit contemplating and get your rump in gear and just do it. Or else you will regret you didn't do it when your old and frail and nobody else gives a damn, cause you didn't pursue your American dream.
  12. by   mfdteacher
    I've been the guy in nursing for over 20 years. The stories I could tell....Just keep at it and be ready for anything. After a while, you'll be treated (by your peers) as one of the girls. It gets really interesting.
  13. by   mfdteacher
    Hey tgibson,
    Yes we are in demand, no we do not get preference in hiring, that's illegal, and no we don't get higher pay. Guys tend to move to the critical care areas and some actually pay more for advanced skills and certifications. But if you think you'll have it better just because you're a male, you better watch out for your sisters. Nobody likes that kind of attitude.

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