The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 94

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   daveintexas8
    Hey guys.

    I'm about to start 3rd Semester at El Centro in Dallas, ADN Program. Out of our 50 that started, there were about 6-10 guys, but now it's down to 3.

    I like the ration. I wouldn't wanna be the only guy, but I like being one of just a few. It makes it easier for people to remember you.
  2. by   tannemanlsu
    Hello out there. Starting ASN program in Jan. at OLOLC New Orlens, West Jeff. Hospital.

    I believe we're pioneers of sorts- breaking the stereotype gender role which is out there. There's been a nursing shortage for as long as I can remember. Why?, I can only guess- pay, work conditions, marriage & children goals, etc.

    The profession needs bodies; mine is younger than most my age of 52! I suspect that I'm part of an experiment, seeing if a male, an older one at that, can hack it with younger students, mostly female. So far I've got the undergrad grades, exam scores that says I can.

    You're as young as you feel and perform- pun intended! Patient's, with rare exception, don't care about your gender, only about the care they receive! I know this having managed a cardiology practice and having been an echo tech for a number of years.

    Talking to a retired police office with prostate cancer (in remission) the other day complimented me on my decision to enter nursing. Of note, he mentioned that he's uncomfortable with women examining him and would prefer the doc (male) or another male doing the check-up; no he's not gay. Far from it; he's on his third marriage (younger wife at that). O.K., he might have relationship issues.

    There's a place for all of us- if anything work harder, smarter showing everyone that you mean business.
  3. by   patrick1rn
    yea Im a guy

    I just graduated in dec with my MSN as a FNP

    I work in a medical ICU as a RN

    Im also a combat medic in the guard, I used to jump out of

    airplanes when I was in the active army

    I served in combat, I like spicy beef jerkey, comedys and star trek

    The girls at work cant resist me.

    I have not succumbed to the feminization attempted by nursing

    their will did not work on me. I am strong

    I can laugh at myself and I laugh at others

    Sometimes when Im stressed out I do bang my head against a wall
  4. by   cjcsoon2bnp
    Welcome brothas' to allnurses.com! Now that your here, feel free to initiate and participate in discussions about countless topics in numerous specialties of nursing. So once again, have fun and welcome!

    !Chris
  5. by   bluemalibu
    Wow! I thought that I was the lone wolf out here... I too am 52 and retired from the military.

    I was pretty apprehensive about all of the memorization with only half of the brain cells left, but so far I'm holding my own.. (#3 in a class of 125)
  6. by   CareteamRN70
    Hi Guys,

    38 yr old who started school in September. I am in a semi accelerated RN program in at a private (read for profit) trade school that just started its RN program last yr. The school previously trained just medical asst, coders, and lab techs. I say the program is semi accelerated becuase they require no pre-reqs, just doing well on the TEAS test and passing through several informal interviews. The program still takes 2 years but your pre-req classes are built into the curriculum. I just started my 2nd quarter with 2 quarters to go before clinicals start. I still work full time on a weekend option shift (32 hours over two days), have three children 5, 6, and 12, and a supportive wife. I have worked 12 years in direct care as an aide/tech at hospitals or in group homes with DD children or people with TBI or cognitive problems due to strokes. I have been reading this forum for a few months and find myself having the same thoughts I see many posters have...am I too old? is being a man detrimental or is it beneficial? how do my grades, school, program stack up against others? etc.
    I am glad to be here and hope to post to more about my experiences as a newbie in nursing school.

    Semper Fi
  7. by   patrick1rn
    Quote from careteam70
    Hi Guys,

    38 yr old who started school in September. I am in a semi accelerated RN program in at a private (read for profit) trade school that just started its RN program last yr. The school previously trained just medical asst, coders, and lab techs. I say the program is semi accelerated becuase they require no pre-reqs, just doing well on the TEAS test and passing through several informal interviews. The program still takes 2 years but your pre-req classes are built into the curriculum. I just started my 2nd quarter with 2 quarters to go before clinicals start. I still work full time on a weekend option shift (32 hours over two days), have three children 5, 6, and 12, and a supportive wife. I have worked 12 years in direct care as an aide/tech at hospitals or in group homes with DD children or people with TBI or cognitive problems due to strokes. I have been reading this forum for a few months and find myself having the same thoughts I see many posters have...am I too old? is being a man detrimental or is it beneficial? how do my grades, school, program stack up against others? etc.
    I am glad to be here and hope to post to more about my experiences as a newbie in nursing school.

    Semper Fi
    Were you in the Marine Corp?
    No, you are not too old. What school are you going to ?
  8. by   CareteamRN70
    Yea 89-93 2nd Bttln 5 Mar hvy weapon company 0351 (anti tank dragon gunner)
    And no I'm not too worried about my age, in my class of 32 I am one of 2 men and most of the students are in their mid 20's with a few fresh out of high school. If anything I tend to exchange the word "old" for "seasoned"
    I am attending Medtech College in Indianapolis, IN with an expected Grad date of Sept 2010.
    Last edit by CareteamRN70 on Jan 8, '09 : Reason: adendum
  9. by   patrick1rn
    Quote from careteam70
    Yea 89-93 2nd Bttln 5 Mar hvy weapon company 0351 (anti tank dragon gunner)
    And no I'm not too worried about my age, in my class of 32 I am one of 2 men and most of the students are in their mid 20's with a few fresh out of high school. If anything I tend to exchange the word "old" for "seasoned"
    I am attending Medtech College in Indianapolis, IN with an expected Grad date of Sept 2010.

    Cool,

    I was a paratrooper medic in the Army from 89 to 95 and I am currently in the National Guard since 1996.
    I live in Indy myself and work in a medical ICU. I graduated with my masters as a FNP in December
  10. by   romansten9
    Quote from Mr_Tom
    Hey Guys! I have been posting around in different areas but haven't stopped by here yet. I am debating between three fields still: Registered Nurse, Radiologic Tech and Respiratory Therapy. I still have few pre-reqs to take so I have some time to decide. I am coming into the field (head first!) after 12 years in the Graphic Design (BFA) Industry.

    Hope to see you all around!
    The choice is up to you but I have heard of a lot of Rad Techs and Resp Therapists that get tired of the same thing all the time (unless you have a passion for those areas for some reason) Obviously nurses can go in 1000 directions (including UP- to an advanced degree) I'm a Paramedic, which I've been doing 20 years. I love it, but the pay is bad and there isn't much of a career ladder. I got my LPN in August and will have my RN in May. I got a grant that is paying for everything (3 years of school) Money is out there for anyone interested (no need to take out loans that you will regret later)
  11. by   patrick1rn
    Quote from romansten9
    The choice is up to you but I have heard of a lot of Rad Techs and Resp Therapists that get tired of the same thing all the time (unless you have a passion for those areas for some reason) Obviously nurses can go in 1000 directions (including UP- to an advanced degree) I'm a Paramedic, which I've been doing 20 years. I love it, but the pay is bad and there isn't much of a career ladder. I got my LPN in August and will have my RN in May. I got a grant that is paying for everything (3 years of school) Money is out there for anyone interested (no need to take out loans that you will regret later)
    Go for your RN. you have more chance of higher pay, more challenges and you can go for your CRNA, FNP, or be an administrator. Heck since you have a background in arts and design, you might be interested in nursing informatics.
  12. by   MatRNstudent
    Hey fellas (and the occasional lady popping through),

    I am starting my nursing I clinicals this Tuesday. I am so amped up to be in this field. I was in the rat race since I was 16 (27 now) always hitting a ceiling wherever I worked. I am no slouch and excel wherever I go, but not having a degree has made things difficult to say the least. I literally feel like I found a light at the end of a dark tunnel. I was a bit worried about being 1 of 4 guys in a class of 50 but they seem to treat everyone the same. Not to mention, I am way more concerned with the crazy workload they've prepared us for.

    Prestige, opps for advancement, flexibility, money....I could keep goin, this field has it all.

    I just wanna wish everyone the best of luck in school and in the field!!!!


    Mat's
  13. by   daveintexas8
    If you dig a little into this thread, you will see that apparently there are ALOT of advantages to being a guy in this field, not the least of which is the female to male ratio. I'm about to start the 2nd half of my RN program in Dallas, and there are now 3 guys left. Most failed (many were foreign and struggled with the lecture portion). I even got the 1st pick in our lotto to choose clinical spots, and one of the admins joked "there's only three of you left, I wanna keep you." lol

    Now, it was a double blind lotto, so there couldn't have been any funny business but still, like I have said before, I wouldn't wanna be the ONLY guy in the program, but I do like being one of the very few. It may not help, but I don't think it hurts.

    David:typing

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