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A little about myself. I am an electrician of seven years in southeast michigan. I have been layed-off more times than I can count. I just fell into the trade sort of speak right out of high school. So I thought I had it pretty good, untill about three years ago when the layoffs came. So now three kids and a wife later I have to do something. I have been layed off for about a year and now I'm in a position that I cant go back to work because that would mean that my wife who is providing health insurense would have to stop. I have really continplated becoming a nurse. I have contacted the colleges around hear(Monroe) and most of them have a long wait list. So I applied at the toledo school of practical nursing for LPN. My wife who is a nursing aide described to me what the nurses do ware she works and it seems like something I would be quite interested in. I was concerned about being a male nurse until I found this site. Any insight would be greatly appreacated. Thank you Chris.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

I think you should pursue nursing, and the LPN track would get you off to a wonderful start.

Male nurses are becoming increasingly common in today's society, so you'll blend right in. In addition, I have personally observed that male nurses tend to receive slightly more respect from doctors, physical therapists, and other members of the interdisciplinary team. While a male doctor may scream at a female nurse without a second thought, he usually won't bother the male nurse.

Good luck to you! Even though I'm a female, nursing is my second career, and I've been at it for less than 2 years. My first career was manufacturing, and I am glad to be away from the hard labor of the paper mill.


Specializes in CCRN, ATCN, ABLS.

Your plan makes sense. After you finish your LVN, you can transition to become a registered nurse if you have higher aspirations. Good luck with your plans. BTW, I suck at anything electrical, I could offer you a couple of small jobs but u have to come to NY, and with gas prices, it wouldn't be worth it!


Specializes in CCRN, ATCN, ABLS.

Forgot to tell you, men in nursing are becoming more common, though a lot of us gravitate towards ICU, ER, OR (adrenaline junkies, is what it is called), but there are plenty of exceptions to this rule. I recently went to a long term care facility (LTC) and the two RN's were males. Who would have thunk?

Thank you everyone for the great advice. Its nice to have some encouragement. I just got my letter yesterday to take the NET. I have been studying my but off for the last to weeks so hopefully I'll do alright. I take it on dec 7. Chris

Well I took my NET today. Overall I think I did okay. For me the math was easier then the reading. I was able to finish the math with ten minutes to spare, but the reading, I barley had enough time. Well they told us that we probebly wont hear anything until after the the first of the year. I will let everyone know how I did.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

Good luck to you!

Rock, LPN, RN

Specializes in Psych, Derm,Eye,Ortho,Prison,Surg,Med,. Has 50 years experience.

Nursing is a calling, but some use it just to pay bills.

If you are the former, I say GO FOR IT!


Specializes in LTC.

I was concerned about being a male nurse until I found this site. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Chris.

Hi Chris,

I'm also pursuing Nursing as a second career (at the tender age of 45). :lol2: I am currently a few months into a private-school LVN program, much for the same reason you noted...all of the public colleges have waiting lists. I can honestly say that I love it...should have done this when I was twenty! lol.

Anyway, I plan to jump from LVN to RN as soon as I can.

Best of luck.

Chris, Good luck to you!

For me nursing is also a second career. I worked in IT for over 10 years when I started in LPN school. Now I have a part time nursing job and going for my RN part time.

Thank you everyone for the encouragement. I know for me the next few weeks are going to drag by. I have been told that there are not many people that pass it the first time around. I know my wife did, and I hope I do also. Again, thank you. Chris

I rarely check allnurses.com anymore but just happen to read this thread by accident.

I went through similar career change 3.5 years ago from I.T./Electrical engineering. I went through some layoffs in my previous career. My wife is an RN and, of course, told me what kind of work it is. I did admire people with scrubs and stethroscopes around their neck. I then went through the same path as most of you do - talked to schools only to find out there is a long waiting list. I was lucky enough to get into an LPN school and finished in about a year then went on to finish RN. I jumped rather quickly and now being an ICU and ER nurse.

I can only speak for myself and don't mean to discourage anyone -- I am leaving nursing.

My wife warned me before I decided to pursue nursing that this is not a professional environment and I did not understand. I thought everyone goes thought school, earn a degree, pass the board and be a caring person to work on the floor. The real environment is far from ideal although I do see some excellent nurses sometimes but not very often. Instead, horizontal violence is what I see most of the time. Hospital policy is another issue (which you should find many threads here about it). In general, nurses do not get much respect from pt or the family (you do once in a while). However, I have to say being a male nurse myself, I have the most respect from doctors and rarely get into conflicts with them.

I still remember the cultural shock my first day in nursing school. If you are from an engineering background, you will be shocked by the nursing education - how they put simple common sense into those 2" thick books.

Again, I can only speak for myself. Maybe it's just my environment or region. Maybe some other places are better. Now, I don't blindly admire people in scrubs. I only admire and respect those who really care about people.


I was in the car business and in 1997 I decided I wanted a job that was more meaningful. I chose to pursue Emergency Medicine and became a medic first...BUT BEFORE I offically made the decision I volunteered at the hospital and local fire department.

I say go for it but spent a weekend in the ER, or volunteer to help serve meals...better yet...start working as a CNA - Certified Nurses Aid...you'll get to experience the very core of nursing. With this you can determine if nursing is for you...if you can change bed pans, give sponge baths to 70 year old ladies or handle a fecal occult blood test then UR IN!

I wish I had gone into either nursing or medical when I was in my 20's.

What is there to do in ER or other parts of a hospital for a Dialysis Tech / CNA? I work in dialysis but want to get into a hospital but do not know what I could be used for in ER.

I want to get into nursing school also. I hear it is so demanding that I can only work 20 hours a week at my regular job and take classes. Is that right?

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