Ok guys, I'm taking the plunge! - page 5

Hey guys, I am a 25 year old guy - I guess you figured that out - and I am going to be starting my pre-req's for an accelerated BSN program in a couple weeks. I struggled with the thought of... Read More

  1. by   Dr.Nurse2b
    Quote from mummer43
    Hey guys,

    I am a 25 year old guy - I guess you figured that out - and I am going to be starting my pre-req's for an accelerated BSN program in a couple weeks. I struggled with the thought of being a male nurse and I've come to the decision that I can handle it and that I would be stupid not to do it.

    Can any of you guys offer and words of wisodm or advice?
    Wisdom and Advice...From one student to another...

    1. Become a Nurse...go to school, never give up, never look back.
    2. Become a Nurse...Not a "Male Nurse"... I think we need to stop differentiating.
    3. While in school date a nurse who has recently graduated.
    4. Never date the charge nurse of your unit.
    5. If you do date the charge nurse of your unit don't tell anyone.
    6. If the RN standing in front of you is grinning and holding a foley cath depart from the area immediately.
    7. If someone says "See One, Do One, Teach One" make sure no one is standing behind you with a foley cath.

    I left 8, 9, 10 - 20 for the group.

    Congradulations on taking the plunge...See you on graduation day!
  2. by   tnrose
    I can't respond on the part of being a male nurse, but I am in school right now in a class with about 40 women,2 men. Needless to say, they have it pretty good because we all take care of them as we women are for the most part in a nuture mode by nature. Also, many of the best nurses I've worked with over the years have been males. Good luck.
  3. by   Thanet
    I changed my career at age 26 and had no problem with it.

    I NEVER use the term 'Male Nurse'.
    Well, possibly in here I do, as you cannot 'see' that I am a male.

    But if some one who can 'see 'me asks if I am a male nurse... I answer,
    "No I'm a female nurse I just so happen to be in 'Drag' at the moment"
    Then I ask them what they do for a living.

    " Oh! so you are a (enter gender here) (enter job here)"
  4. by   mummer43
    Just an update on my status:

    I am working on an open heart unit and I have been there for 6 months. I am getting some great experience with Swan Ganz catheters as well as understanding hemodynamics and how the various drugs work.

    For the first time in my life I feel like I am doing something good and I find the work very interesting. I am in the process of making a long term plan for the rest of my career and here is what I have so far:

    I have decided that my #1 goal in this profession is to advance and become a CRNA. I see them every day at work, and I really find what they do interesting and I think it's a challenging and rewarding job. So the the steps that I am taking are in the interest of achieving that goal.

    My science background is a little lacking, so I am taking organic chemistry in the summer in order to bolster my transcript as well as challenge myself. After the class, I am probably going to start preparing to take the GRE, which I'd like to take by the end of the summer.

    Once I have the GRE under my belt, my next focus is going to be obtaining my CCRN, and hopefully that will happen by late fall or at least by the end of the year. Once I have that complete, I am going to start applying to schools and hopefully get accepted. I also would like to obtain the cardiac surgery certification and the cardiac medication certification sometime early next year.

    Hope all is well with you guys!

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