The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 99

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   Joe N635DC
    As far as the fast track comment. You may find that while some schools offer "advance standing"
    for LPNs usually it is only for one semester out of a 4-8 semester brogram (ADN/BSN). I would still expect to have to do 75% to 90% of the original program. LPNs and RNs function a little differently in terms of scope of practice and the amount of responsibility that will be expected. This is primarily due to the additional educational prep given to the professional nursing student.

    I suppose one plus is that while going back for RN you can at least work a few hours making decent money as an LPN. I am not really sure if it is true but I have heard from several RNs and LPNs that general med/surg LPNs do almost the same job and carry similar patient ratios for half the money with the main difference being the LPNs inability (due to scope of practice) to do IV push meds and a few other "select" procedures.

    Can anyone verify if this is accurate at your facility?
  2. by   Neil.Sullivan
    hi Im a 27 yo male whos taking his pre reqs this year and going to apply for the fall 2010 nursing program in westchester comm college. I am looking to make a few friends to talk to if I have a questions.
  3. by   Ric31
    Hi guy's Im a 31yro male with 3 kids and divorced. I spent 12 year on active duty in the US Army. I have Spent the last 2 years chasing the wrong dream. I wanted to be a Cop. But the process takes to long and right when you think you have it they drop you for some reason. I wish I would have decided on the Nursing route 2 years ago. I would be done with my RN now and not just starting my LPN.

    I wanted to add that the fact that I am 1 of 4 males in my class, does not bother me so much. Im not there to worrie about stuff like that I just want my training so I can find a job and take care of my family.

    Good Luck everyone.
  4. by   ajacketsfan
    I'm with you Ric31... wish I would have figured this whole thing out a few years ago... actually, I wish I'd figured this out right after high school.
  5. by   TooHotinAZ
    You guys will be fine. I'm the one who should've figured out my path many years sooner, I'm in my 40s!
  6. by   Rescue Ninja

    i had my first day today. all in all it was pretty good. mostly the basics the instructors of the program all lined up and read their respective parts of the student handbook (verbatim) and then carried on amongst themselves with inside jokes, all while standing/sitting in front of a class full of 60 students (50 f, 10 m, i am a m). further, one of the teachers made a disclaimer to the men in the class t hat occasionally there would be sexist remarks made by the instructors but that the guys would just have to deal with it because we were now in a female dominated field, period, laugh, laugh, laugh….( i couldn’t help but wonder how that would go across if the same thing were said to a group of 60 engineering students 50 of which were men and 10 of which were women). anyway, i immediately decided to let that little unprofessionalism go, but to mention it both here and later in my final instructor evaluation should it prove to be problematic. sorry, i digress...though i was not impressed with the level of professionalism or the preparedness of the various instructors, it was easy to see that each of the instructors are committed to teaching and helping the students learn. also they are all quite personable and seem to be accessible, they even gave out there home phone numbers. also, it became clear to me that the teachers seemed both strict but fair and i did not detect much a sense of elitism either, of which i am thankful. like i said, all in all i am happy with my decision to pursue this program and look forward to hitting the books ($850 worth) and leaning all i can from these very experienced nurses. it will be very challenging, but the program i am attending has had a 100% nclex pass rate for years, so it seems to be a good school, and they must be doing something right. well that is all for now i would love to hear any of your comments.
  7. by   Rescue Ninja
    i agree, i’m not there to play grab*** or other college games, or worry about that crap, (though a certain level of professionalism is to be expected) i'm there to get myself to a place where i can support my family in the way they would like to become accustomed to living and have some fun doing it.
  8. by   TooHotinAZ
    By the way, what is the name of your school. 60 students? Wow that's a pretty big class. Oh, I hear that nursing school is demanding, yet students seem to find the time to play around on this site. So, it must not be super tough? As for me, I'm a male in my 40s about to start a LPN program in Arizona. I was given advanced placement for having A&P, micro. Having such just takes a few months off the standard 13 months, but I take it! I certainly plan on doing a fast track LPN-ADN afterwards.
  9. by   Rescue Ninja
    Quote from TooHotinAZ
    By the way, what is the name of your school. 60 students? Wow that's a pretty big class. Oh, I hear that nursing school is demanding, yet students seem to find the time to play around on this site. So, it must not be super tough? As for me, I'm a male in my 40s about to start a LPN program in Arizona. I was given advanced placement for having A&P, micro. Having such just takes a few months off the standard 13 months, but I take it! I certainly plan on doing a fast track LPN-ADN afterwards.
    I'm not sure how tough it is yet, but I am sure it will be challenging. Even so it is good to have a few minutes of downtime before one goes to bed to help the mind rest easier, at least for me. I found this out while in undergraduate school when I was under a tremdouse amount of stress. Some personal time really helps, it is my carrot for studying hard that I get to take soem time off.
    Last edit by Rescue Ninja on Aug 14, '09 : Reason: spelling
  10. by   Rescue Ninja
    Quote from TooHotinAZ
    By the way, what is the name of your school. 60 students? Wow that's a pretty big class. Oh, I hear that nursing school is demanding, yet students seem to find the time to play around on this site. So, it must not be super tough? As for me, I'm a male in my 40s about to start a LPN program in Arizona. I was given advanced placement for having A&P, micro. Having such just takes a few months off the standard 13 months, but I take it! I certainly plan on doing a fast track LPN-ADN afterwards.
    I'm not sure how touch it is yet, but I am sure it will be challenging. Even so it is good to have a few minutes of downtime before one goes to bed to help the mind rest easier, at least for me. I found this out while in undergraduate school when I was under a tremendous amount of stress. Some personal time really helps, it is my carrot for studying hard that I get to take some time off.
  11. by   derky82
    Been watching these forums for a few months now, and finally figured it was time to actually register and throw in my two cents from time to time! Without further ado, here's my first post! lol

    27 year old guy here!

    Just started my prerequisites for an Associates RN program.

    Spent 8 years working a job in manufacturing. I absolutely HATED every single minute of it. I have always wanted to do something that helped people and made a difference in the world and manufacturing did not do EITHER of those for me.

    Soo... thats a little bit about me!

    - Derek
  12. by   mitchz71
    Good luck to those who don't think its hard. I am a current student in a ADN program and will be graduating in April 2010. The part that makes it hard is the fact that the instructors want to stress you to the max to see if you can handle it. The tests also consist of at least two right answers on every question. you have to figure out the BEST answer. Guys it is EASY to fail nursing school, don't get cocky.
  13. by   andromeda4000
    I am a male student nurse, retired veteran (Navy/Army Guard), retired telecommunications tech. I work in home healthcare now. Of my 20 classmates, there are 3 males. I am the oldest , at 53, of all in the class. I am preparing to seize the day and take whatever comes in stride, counting on experience to counterbalance youth and gender.

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