advice for interested preschool male nurse

  1. Hello Guys and Gals

    I am a 25 year old male that is interested in a career in nursing. I live in rural Arkansas married with a 2 year old son. to be honest i have no clue what to expect as far as nursing school or the career it self but to be honest my past work history was never stable and with a young family to take care of i need to make some changes. i have no college under my belt period but just would like to know what kinda need for nursing in a area like mine might be and if there was a check list to be a nurse what might it be. also any advice on school and just the whole field of nursng would be very appreciated.

    P.S. I have to ask. "do you have to have a iron gut to be a nurse"?
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  3. by   Bruce_Wayne
    One thing about nursing school is that you've got to go through all of it, including parts that you have absolutely zero interest in.

    Look on youtube for "day in the life of a nurse". If you start watching those you'll get more and more links to more videos and they can give you a good idea of what nurses do. Here's a pretty good on on critical nursing:

    Although it might be a little on the glamorous side, trying to talk you into being a nurse.
  4. by   greennursestudent78
    Thanks you so much
  5. by   bsnanat2
    You don't need an iron gut either. Amazingly you will adapt to a lot stuff and learn to tolerate the rest. Everyone has their "thing" that they hate. Many nurses will trade off, as in, "you take care of my vomit patient and I'll change your colostomy."
    It's really a great field to be in! Go for it and talk to some nurses and talk to the faculty at your local nursing school.
  6. by   TheOracle
    Awesome field. Like the others said there will be areas you have no interest in. Mine was OB. But you can do anything with nursing. If you get bored with one area, it really isn't all that difficult to transition into another area. You may need to get some extra training, but that's no big thing depending on what you want to do.
  7. by   Fortous
    I can only speak from a nursing student perspective. I think most nurses will agree with me when I say that nursing school, no matter if you are in an associates or bachelors program, is difficult. Here is a little of my background: I am a 26 year old male, engaged with no children. The only experience I had with the medical field was when I got my EMT licenses, about 5 years back; I decided to go back to school for my RN because I loved the science of medicine but disliked the extremely short duration of patient contact that being an EMT offered. In my mind nursing was the right choice, so I started working on all the required courses I had to take in order to apply to the nursing program at my local community college, it is called CNM.

    For me the anatomy and physiology classes were by far the hardest required courses I had to take. Although, if you learn how to study the right way it is a great prep for the nursing courses itself. Then when I took the nursing assistant course (this was the last course I had to take before starting the nursing courses), I was shocked at the difference between nursing and EMS; since you will not have the issue of "unlearning" pervious training, I will not go into it. Here are some tips that will help you get through the academic part of the required and program courses:

    1) Buy a Latin to English dictionary because most medical and anatomical terms are based in Latin. Instead of memorizing each phase, you can just remember what each word part means. For example the hyperglycemia has three latin word parts: hyper- high or elevated, glyc- glucose, or sugar, then emia (which happens to be greek)- of the blood. When you throw all of it together you know that the phase means high blood sugar.

    2) Flashcards are your friend! I know that everyone hates flashcards but they will help you learn so much! Plus they are a great thing for a nursing student on the go to have

    3) Take the free online test called the VARK(here is the link Remember that just because read/write may not be your best style doesn't mean you should not study like that! Learning theory and my personal experience shows that the more senses you use to study the better you remember it!

    The very soul of what defines nursing... patient contact! This is something that I still struggle with to this day, and most likely will until I have a good amount of experience, but here are some useful hints I have gotten or come up with myself that have helped me with patient contact:

    1) Learn to relax

    2) You will not be perfect your first day as a student nurse, we are human and as such are prone to errors!

    3) Strive for learning and understanding, not an A in a course

    4) Always, look for points of improvement

    5) Focus on delivering safe care first then start tweaking your certain style of delivering care

    Well I think I have covered all the major things. If you want to know more of my experiences or anything else please feel free to e-mail me at Good luck and best wishes!
  8. by   Rob72
    Fantastic advice above. If you can, I would suggest trying to get a job in or related to healthcare now. If you can work as a tech, or even admissions, something in a hospital or nursing home, they're much more likely to work with you on work time and school time.

    It will be hard. With no college, you can finish an Associates degree in 3-3.5 years, if you take classes in summer. If you don't, that 2 year degree is actually 4 (and the 4-BSN- is actually 6) 2 years of pre-requisites, and the 2 or 4 years for Nursing Science.

    I don't want to discourage you, but I wouldn't lie about it either. If you're reeally sharp, and know how to study, its not too difficult.
  9. by   Fortous
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