I am so glad to find this forum that male nurses talk each other (of course, some warm female nurses leave messages here too). I cannot help writing down what I am thinking recently and hope to get some advice from your guys.
I am a Chinese guy working as a programmer for several years already in USA. I have to say that I am not very good at programming and felt boring to it, so I am considering changing to be a nurse. Before I came to USA, I got a Medical degree and worked in a hospital contacting patients directly for seven years. Although I can encourage myself with this background, I still worry something. I don not mean the situation that some guys talked about the society prejudice to a male nurse, the hard work environment and tough patients (and MDs). Neither do I consider that it may not easy for a 39-year-old man to change his career second time. However I care about the future of being a nurse.
I don't want to hide my intention to pursue a secure occupation.
- Do you guys think that it is easy for a nurse to find a job now and nursing is a secure job during the next ten or twenty years? I believe your feeling.
- How long can a nurse work here (till their 60's)?
- Do you have nurse workmates around you coming from a foreign country? I want to know the work atmosphere and attitude to a foreign nurse from his/her work environment. There may be some difficulties I cannot image as a foreigner.
I hope to enter nursing through the accelerated nursing program (accelerated BSN). I'd like to hear some advise from you guys. Thanks for any suggestions from you and female nurses.
Have a good weekend.