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  • Nov 29 '09

    I'm a new grad in the surgical trauma burn ICU so, no, you don't HAVE to work anywhere else before.

  • Nov 29 '09

    Sorry if I offended anyone, I certainly didn't mean to. I think nurses all over work hard and we should be supportive with each other, regardless of how much money anyone makes. We have worked and trained hard.

  • Nov 29 '09

    Quote from RN34TX
    I don't know about that.
    We're a long way from the 70's.
    I live in ultra-conservative Texas and even down here that stereotype is long dead and outdated.

    The vast majority of men I've worked with on any unit in any hospital are straight as an arrow and I fail to see any assumption from anyone that they are gay because they are nurses.

    Maybe in some podunk backwoods hospital, maybe....but that same mentality would go along with believing that you are gay just because you don't like hunting or football, so consider the source.
    that stigma is unfortunately still present... sad, but true. I have heard comments from patients or visitors that are inappropriate regarding male nurses.... also from other nurses and docs... it's unfair, but it persists and it is unfortunate....

  • Nov 29 '09

    Thanks for sharing your paper. Good information there. I just finished a project for my third A&P class where I tested a variety of people utilizing the BEM Sex Role Inventory which scores a person's own perception of self in 4 possible categories; Masculine, Feminine, Gender Neutral (androgynous), and Undifferentiated. Then I subjected one member of each resultant group to a saliva-based Testosterone test.

    Guess what? Out of a group of 16 people, 8 scored androgynous (including ALL of my female subjects), 7 scored feminine. I had to seek people outside of school to find someone to test masculine.

    When you think about it, don't you want your nurse to be even-keeled? Wouldn't you rather a gender neutral medical professional than someone who scores so feminine that they get weepy with your family, or so masculine that they are uncaring entirely?

    The truly interesting component was the physiological aspect. My manliest subjects, i.e. military service, farm boys, huge guys with excesses of body hair and giant muscles - SCORED THE MOST FEMININE.

    All of my male subjects that took the hormone test tested in the optimal range for testosterone.

    Male nurses don't lack in manliness. We aren't LESS of a man for being nurses. If anything, we kick just a little more ass for having the sensitivity to tackle an emotionally draining profession and the muscles to back it up!

    ========> C(^^) Here's to ya nurses... be it man or woman.

  • Nov 29 '09

    Quote from Canadian eh?
    hello everyone!, i know this is a late ppost but, does anyone know about the admissions process at u of from BC and have been trying to find out what they look at specifically (very vague on their site) .....doees anyone know what the average admission gpa is for the school in past years????????? any insight would be much appreciated.........!!!!
    The program is quite competitive. I suggest you apply early, especially if you want to take the program at the University. After all the spots are filled, they may offer you one of the collaborative programs: Algonquin (Ottawa West Campus) and the last one to be filled is Algonquin (Pembroke Campus). I've never been to Pembroke, but I think is about 2 hours away from Ottawa.

  • Nov 19 '09

    GO for it, you will be good! You need to give your self a chance!

    For me... I love to nurse! Is a hard profession, you need to know to know it from beginning, and you need to love to be nurse. You will have woanderfull times and will be times when you will hate your life and your choice to be nurse, you will be around with woanderfull people and totally out of control ones, you will see what do you think that NEVER could see in your life, you will hear what do you NEVER think that you will hear, today you will be down tommorow you will be up, if you came for money, you probably you will find a way to have it (lol not Zuzi style at all), if you came for "power" probably also you will find a way to have it, (again not Zuzi style), but if you came for NURSING and for PASSION to do your job at high standards, without rushing and thinking before to doing........ you need to have patience and to keep you eyes open and to know what you search for but to acceot also the reality how it is.

    Is a woanderfull to be nurse, just stay balanced with you and others, and if is much more for you (because some times it is..... deep breath, make one step away, THINK for what you choosed to be a nurse, and don't forget it !)

    You will be a great nurse , we need male nurses in nursing field are just a few...come here for a hug... oh sorry... lol, a shanking hand!

  • Nov 19 '09

    im a male RN, and i love being a nurse. Nursing is not easy, but its def manageable. Its demanding on all aspects, but the pros outweigh the cons, and we need more representation in the nursing profession

  • Nov 19 '09

    Ive been an RN for 6 months and so far, so good! I love it. Ive actually had a TON of time with my family, since I work only 3 nights a week. I sleep while the kids are in school and they get home and I wake up and were already to spend some time together.

    Before this i was still in the healthcare field, working five 8hr days and I felt like time with my family, and time with friends was limited. I couldnt go out during the week b/c I usually had to be in a 7am the next day.

    Im glad i made this choice.

  • Nov 19 '09

    Two of my male coworkers married RNs that work in the same hospital.

    Hey, just because I'm middle aged and no longer built like Heidi Klum doesn't mean I'm NOT somebody's eye candy.

    You young ones have no respect...

  • Nov 19 '09

    I've been a nurse for nearly 5 years now, and I still love it as much as I did the day I started out.

    Pros: I have a steady income and pretty good pay...I REALLY like the patients I work with...the job I have right now allows me a lot of autonomy...Flexible hours...a science-based job that is very interesting...I care for the people who are sort of the 'cast-offs' of society and I love being their advocate, and I love giving them the knowledge and education to become better participants in their care.

    Cons: My only con is that my patient population can sometimes be quite violent but even that's not so bad once you learn to read the signals they give off.

    My quality of life has been improved by my being a nurse...I have a career that I really enjoy, and a career which can travel easily...before I became a nurse I lived barely above the poverty line and had to roll change to buy groceries and I don't have to worry so much about money.

    Good luck to you!!

  • Nov 19 '09

    tell your family that you want to treat people, not conditions.

  • Nov 19 '09


    I know that in Western Canada there are second degree entry options (~ 2 year programs) at UBC in Vancouver, U of A in Edmonton, U of C - Calgary and U of S in Saskatoon. As for particulars you would have to do some digging!

    Be prepared to meet the prerequisites and work your fanny off!

    Good luck on your travels in life.

  • Nov 19 '09

    At the bachelor's level, U of T has only the 2 year fast track, but I suspect the application deadline for this September has already passed. They require a certain number of your previous credits to be in science, including a statistics course, so you might need to do some prerequisites to be eligible. Personally, I was missing anatomy/physiology, so I did it by correspondence (Athabasca U.) the summer before, and stated in my application to U of T that I anticipated having it completed in the summer.

    York University in Toronto has both a 4 year program and a 2 year fast track. I don't know the details.

    Also, University of New Brunswick (the Fredericton campus, if I remember correctly) has a 2 or 2.5 year track.

    Good luck, and you can email me if you want to know more about U of T.


  • Nov 19 '09

    Just tell your family what one of my male coworkers told his:

    "I have a degree.

    I made over $130K last year without overhead.

    My malpractice insurance is a lot cheaper.

    My hours are better than a doctors."

    And the one I laughed the hardest at was "girls fathers trust you for some reason, once they find out she's dating a "male" nurse".

  • Nov 19 '09

    Quote from Canadian eh?
    i JUST WANT TO interrupt and say THANKS FOR ALL THE POSTS guys and gals, KEEPEM coming,,.all of you share interesting for systoly...what do you mean by your post????
    Sorry, I was very vague. I was in the military at the time, had just been promoted and my next promotion was not at all in near sight. Successful completion of the nursing program was an automatic promotion to the next rank, regardless of time in rank or grade.