Getting a Boost Because You Are A Minority - page 4

by Clodhopper

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Guys, 'just curious. As a minority, have you felt that maybe being a minority somehow enhanced you getting accepted into Nursing school or somehow maybe received a boost when in school? Gals: Have you ever observed any... Read More


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    My school gave an extra point to male applicants. You still had to have a great GPA and a good TEAS score, of course.

    We were told that it was because several of the hospital systems in the area had expressed a desire to see more men in nursing. We thought, oh that's nice, putting their money where their mouth is with regard to diversity.

    Now that I am working as a nurse, I have discovered why this is and it really is about money: evidently, and there's data to back this up, men simply don't take as much time off as women. As a rule, they are more likely to work through minor injuries and they don't get pregnant. Employers get a marginally better bang for their buck, not in quality of work of course, but definitely in quantity of work performed, on average anyway.
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    Quote from Ntheboat2
    Oh wow....you are too far behind in what's REALLY going on in the workforce for me to even bring you up to date, much less debate the issue.

    Like I said, you're a mess.
    lol. I've been working non stop since I was 15. While I don't know anything about what's going on in the "Nurse work force," I've been in quite a few others. I know some of the posts I put on AN come off as a bit strong, but unless I put a disclaimer in it, these post I put up come from experience. I never give strong opinions on things I don't feel I have a reasonable understanding about.
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    Quote from PRICHARILLAisMISSED
    lol. I've been working non stop since I was 15. While I don't know anything about what's going on in the "Nurse work force," I've been in quite a few others. I know some of the posts I put on AN come off as a bit strong, but unless I put a disclaimer in it, these post I put up come from experience. I never give strong opinions on things I don't feel I have a reasonable understanding about.
    Women get paid less than men....even if/when they are hired in as a "minority" they don't get paid more.

    "Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indeed suggests women on average make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men."

    I saw something on TV not long ago that did a study and out of 200+ professions, women made more than men in ONE of those. It was housekeeping and even there it was a difference of 2 cents more. 2 pennies.

    I'm just not sure where your idea that women are treated better in any profession comes from because all the evidence says otherwise.
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    I believe everything you just posted. But have you forgotten my previous post where it was also shown that the reason men get paid more is because they negotiate for more (And like I said in that previous post this is GENERALLY, not ALWAYS true. Don't kill the messenger ).

    Also, while it IS true that women generally earn less than their male counterparts (and I'll say again, I wish this was not the case), they at least GET the job when competing against their male counterpart. So while the woman is working for admittedly less, the male is burning leaves to stay warm because he couldn't get the job at all.
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    i could not get a job at hooters or be a playboy bunnie so i thought i would go into nursing
    where men have all the advantages i wonder if it was my pretty face or my athletic body that got me
    my first job as an RN could not have been my ability to do the job
    or that i have a good work ethic
    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm hope i dont ever get old and out of shape cause then i could not get a job as a nurse
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    PRICHARILLAisMISSED- Your profile picture says a lot about how you view women and is ample explanation for your arguments.
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    Quote from NJForte
    PRICHARILLAisMISSED- Your profile picture says a lot about how you view women and is ample explanation for your arguments.
    LOL. Actually, I chose that picture because of the bike. It's the redesigned Kawasaki ZX14r, and I'm pretty much obsessed with it. Every day I get closer and closer to buying it, and I even got a nice A** custom paint job in mind for it. I don't want to give away too much detail... But think "DARK PURPLE CHROME!!!!!" Oh, YES!

    Nothin' to do with the model.
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    I wouldn't consider male nurses a minority where I live (western PA). I see just as many male nurses as I do female nurses here.

    I am a minority and I had to work my tail off to get into school. I have no scholarships. My parents make too much money for me to qualify for financial aid. I wish I could get a boost for being a minority lol.
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    Quote from PRICHARILLAisMISSED
    LOL. Actually, I chose that picture because of the bike. It's the redesigned Kawasaki ZX14r, and I'm pretty much obsessed with it. Every day I get closer and closer to buying it, and I even got a nice A** custom paint job in mind for it. I don't want to give away too much detail... But think "DARK PURPLE CHROME!!!!!" Oh, YES!

    Nothin' to do with the model.


    Well, I hope you get your bike but seriously please consider the fact that nursing was one of the first respectable careers for women, we created it all by our timid selves and even though there are a lot of men in the field these days (a very good thing indeed!) we will always be proud of our origins and it pains a lot of us to be seeing men out-earning us statistically. It feels a little like being evicted from our home!

    Peace!
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    Quote from NJForte
    Well, I hope you get your bike but seriously please consider the fact that nursing was one of the first respectable careers for women, we created it all by our timid selves and even though there are a lot of men in the field these days (a very good thing indeed!) we will always be proud of our origins and it pains a lot of us to be seeing men out-earning us statistically. It feels a little like being evicted from our home!

    Peace!
    Hey, I'm not saying I don't wish everything was equal. I can see how women may feel like they're "being evicted from their home." And "Yes," it was women who made nursing what it is. It's women that made nursing period, in truth. (I left the "Timid" out of your quote for a reason. Most women I know are NOT timid lol. They'll tell you where to go, how to get there and who to take with you )

    The reason why my stance on the issue is what it is is because we are on the other side of that fence just about anywhere else. And like women in nursing now, we have to deal with it. What you said (and I agree with) about nursing being created by women applies to men in many other areas. And in those areas we had to accept it when the law changed to encourage women to join the workforce and not worry about automatic rejection when applying to formerly "Male only" positions.

    But yeah, I can see why women may not like it.


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