Im a male and want to be a nurse - page 4
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Im a male and I'm currently working on the pre-requisites for BSN. Any advice?? I really would like to start off here and eventually get more experienced and go on to be a practitioner or PA. Has anybody done this?? How are the... Read More
- 0Feb 9, '13 by kschillaciI was a critical care nurse for 25 years and loved working with male nurses. Nursing can be a fabulous career but you will have to work hard. The plus is you can do different types of nursing so you don't get burnt out. Also, working 3 days a week is great. Plan on working every other weekend and some holidays. I changed my job every 3 years or more. I always wanted to be a flight nurse so I got all the required training and then did that for 3 years. It was a great experience, but after 3 years I needed to do something different. I went out to California and worked in the ER in San Diego for 4 months. They (the travel company) pay for your housing too which is a great way to save $ and pay off your loans. I then lived in the San Francisco area for 4 months and worked in an ICU. Then back to Florida and back to the ICU, I went on to do ER, Cath lab, nursing management. The options are endless. I chose hospital nursing but there are lots of other options. Try to decide what your goal is. If you want to work at the bedside then nursing is great. If you want to have direct patient contact and be involved in the care, but not spend 12 hour days doing direct care, then the PA route would be better. Also, PA's typically work a normal work week (M-F). I wish you the best of luck. Hope this was helpful.
- 2Feb 9, '13 by mariebaileyQuote from Andy5The male nurses where I work are treated like kings. I'm not saying it's like that everywhere. We are grateful to them for balancing out the hormone levels.Hmm, good points. I didn't think being a male could be seen as to my advantage
- 0Feb 9, '13 by tigerlogicI was talking to the male students in my cohort and they said that they felt they got it a little easier as well as had more scholarship opportunities.
If you are going to get a bachelor's degree in something, and pay for a bachelor's degree in something, nursing is a great pick. To get a PA, that is a masters degree, so you'd have to get a bachelor's in something anyways. A lot of the comments seem to refer to those of us who chose to pursue nursing after already getting one bachelor's degree, or are changing careers, which is kind of a different cost benefit analysis. From what I've seen in my area, being a guy is only likely to help you.
There is certainly no guarantee of finding a nursing job, but there isn't in anything. You are more likely to find a job with a nursing degree than with a political science degree or an English degree. Lots of people aren't getting jobs... but lots of people also are. None of my friends with psychology bachelor's degrees were able to get work with them (unless they went to grad school or nursing school).
I suggest first working as a CNA, EMT, or another type of caretaker where you can judge how you really feel being up close and personal with people as well as having some contact with the huge responsibility nurses have for people's lives. If you want a more male oriented career you could consider paramedic or firefighter, but all jobs are competitive in every field.
Good luck. Take all advice with a pinch of salt.
- 0Feb 9, '13 by CherylRNBSNSo many avenues open to you.
Becoming an EMT is quick, and will get the adrenaline rush of being a first responder. Lots of valuable experience in emergency care that you can use while attending nursing school and then for job applications, which will protect you against the dreaded "exp. required".
My path: LPN, then ADN, then BSN. I have never had trouble finding work, even after being out for 12 yrs. to raise kids.
My point is, that you can gain experience in healthcare immediately. Work as CNA, EMT, or paramedic. Get your feet wet.
I got BSN with ZERO in student loans due to CNA/LPN.
- 0Feb 9, '13 by AliakeyI'd agree that going the EMT-Basic route would be a quick way to get your feet wet and see if the medical field is exactly where you want to be. I notice that you want to "help people", but was not real specific. There's "wanting to help people" and then there's "wanting to help the vomiting/cussin'/fist-swingin' drunks, the gunshot victims, the women in labor crowning in their third floor apartments, the little old lady you know is taking her last breaths of life, and the mangled child run over by a hit-n'-runner". Nurses, PAs, NPs, EMTs, and others in the medical field see a lot of what good and bad the world has to offer, and it takes some stomaching at times. I'm a paramedic; I've lost count of how many I have called for a time of death on scene, but still remember the very first one. But I also remember my first "save" as well.
If it still interests you...
Since you're from Texas, you should find the EMT-Basic course to be one semester of classroom time/skills lab and a good number of hospital clinical and ambulance clinical rotations that you schedule in your non-classroom time. When you attend the class and clinicals, you will almost immediately step foot and apply your skills and knowledge in the hospital emergency department and in the box of an ambulance. Your preceptors (nurses (RN) and paramedics) will guide you and keep you out of trouble.
Sometimes students find the medical field is not quite for them. I've had a few EMT students gracefully choose another career path after they see their first suicide on scene, or less-than-gracefully hit the floor (faint) during childbirth when they don't heed my advice to sit on the airway bag for what they're about to see, lol!
Paramedic is a long way beyond EMT-Basic... a two-year course in my area with hundreds of clinical hours. But the EMT-Basic certification is quick and will open your eyes up to the opportunity. Plus, some hospitals will hire EMTs as techs in the ED if you want to gain more experience or have decided to pursue nursing school, as others suggested.
- 0Feb 9, '13 by Andy5Okay I understand this advice, but I was wondering if its not wise to volunteer and maybe try to shadow with nurses and see how I like it? And if i do like it I can continue to pursue nursing?? Or is it unwise to do that and try something more basic?? I just ask because Im pretty much done with all my basics, so it seems logical for me to go two years for my nursing. Has anybody faced this type of issue too??
- 0Feb 10, '13 by AmnestyAndy, I think it really depends on what's in demand in your area.
I, much like you (though not male!), decided that I wanted to go into the medical field so that I could help people. I looked into what nursing really entails. As it turns out, what it entails is a fight to even get employment once you've given up your entire social life and busted your balls to graduate with good grades. After that, you can expect 12 hour shifts, mandatory overtime, resource shortages, and for patients to treat you like crap. Apparently, during your first year, you can also expect to feel like you are coming unraveled more and more each shift, and you will fear for your license every time you make a judgement call.
My little sister is a CNA/Certified Med Assistant at a LTC facility, and the stories she tells of her shifts, all the photos I've seen of grotesque wounds/infections on old people.. and after all of it, I wanted to be a nurse even more, because what all of that tells me is that this is a career that Matters. I knew I wanted to help people -- getting my 2 year ADN is the fastest route to putting me in the trenches so to speak, so I'm doing that. My local hospital prefers students with ADNs from the program I'm in, so that was the best choice for me. Whether the 2-year RN route is the best for you is really dependent on where you are. Ask around and figure this out!