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your BSN about your ultimate desire to be a CRNA. It is said that some will "frown" upon the ambition. My question is why would they do this and can they really hurt me if I state my intentions of... Read More

  1. by   Roland
    Wouldn't an ICU nurse who becomes a CRNA be a huge potential asset to his institution? I know that if I LIKE the place where I get my ICU experence that it would receive my primary consideration after I graduated from CRNA school.

    Also, are you not concerned that his negative attitude might be reflected in the quality of your references? If so do you have any advice to minimize this situation. Examples, might include turning down hiring bonuses (because you know you will be leaving in a year or two), and or working for a "Temp/Travel" agency that will place you in ICU's.

    I suppose this will be another issue to tackle once I graduate with my BSN. However, I will lean towards being open with the jobs for which I apply.

  2. by   OldTimeNurse
    I have been a nursing instructor for over ten years and havn't witnessed anything remotely like what is being described above. We don't care about your views (unless you're expousing them when you should be learning) nor do we care about your amibitions (except to help you achieve them). Have any of you actually seen these examples of discrimination first hand? One poster above ask the question of "who you would complain to?" Well at most reputable institutions student complaints are taken quite seriously espcially when discrimination is alleged. All it takes is a written complaint to the dean of nursing and a formal investigation is automatically commensed.

    I don't know any professors who would risk their jobs over a difference of opinion. I think much of this is a nursing version of Urban Legends.:roll
  3. by   kmchugh
    Sorry, Oldtimenurse, but I experienced some of this discrimination first hand. In fact, sit down with some CRNA's, ask them about it. You may be suprised by what you hear. I'm a bit insulted by your "load of bunk" comment. Maybe you should investigate before making snap judgements. After all, you have no personal experience to base your judgements on, only that "you can't believe a nursing instructor would do such a thing." Dearie, I have experienced it first hand.

    In my case, I have a sister who has her PhD in nursing (not nurse anesthesia), and is a nursing instructor. When I got out of the military, I had looked into a few different career options, and decided on becoming a CRNA. My sister supported my decision, but warned me to be circumspect about talking about my ultimate goals.

    In my undergraduate studies, I mostly kept my mouth shut about my plans, and had little trouble. However, classmates who were more verbal about wanting to be CRNA's described less even handed treatment. However, my undergraduate program may have been unusual. We also had an instructor in OB who honestly believed that men had no place in nursing, and made the road for male students as tough as she could. I can tell you about more than one male student who had straight A's, or nearly so, before starting OB, but ending up barely scraping by with a C in OB. She had a more difficult time with me, since I had a relative on the graduate faculty, but I could still tell you horror stories. So bad that I came within a hair's breadth of quitting nursing school altogether. Again, sit down with a group of male students, and ask about gender discrimination in nursing schools. Most will have at least one story to relate.

    Kevin McHugh
    Last edit by kmchugh on Aug 25, '02
  4. by   London88
    Roland, you raise some valid points, however you are thinking rationally in terms of wanting to be a CRNA in that institution. Hence my point about my boss having irrational prejudisms. In terms of my references I did not waive my right to see my references for CRNA school. There are some disadvantages to this in that one might say that the person writing the reference feels obligated to write a decent reference. On the other hand, I would like to be able to view the reference because if I have received an above average evaluation from my boss for the last two years, and low and behold all of a sudden I have a bad reference, then we have a problem. I am entitled to a copy of my evaluation which I can always submit to the CRNA school to show that there is a conflict between my evaluation and the reference. I have no problem "rocking the boat when the situation is warranted," and my boss is well aware of that. I will not have my rights violated and I have no problem taking the situation to the top. Fortunately, my boss gave me good references.

    Oldtime Nurse
    There is nothing like insulting others without having justification for the insults. What is considered "bunk" for you has been a reality for others. Those instructors who have tenure have very little risk. Nurses have a tendency to eat their own and this is not based on "urban legends."
    Last edit by London88 on Aug 25, '02
  5. by   mark_LD_RN
    i have never seen this personally. my instructors when i was in college always encouraged me to do more, had ones tell me to be MD, some told me to become Np or CNM, others encouraged me to go on for my masters, I am currently working on my CNM degree. I am also an instructor and encourage my students to advance their education just like my instructors did for me. I doubt i would have pursued any further education if it were not for my instructors.

    i also believe that the future of nursing depends of nurses making the effort to get advanced education.

    and for the students become nurses only to be CRNA for the money . I don't agree with that at all. My son is in nursing school now plans on becoming a CRNA because he wants to help people. I had wanted to become a CRNA but while in school I found my niche was L&D so i never pursued the CRNA route and do not regret it one bit. I am sure there are students that do it for the money just like there are nurses that become nurses just for the money. same holds true for doctors. If you don't love what you do you will be miserable and noit very good at it.

    i am sure there are instructors out there that discourage and discriminate against students, I one instructor that discriminated against me just because i am a male. Just because they have a degree and teach does not mean they are professionals.
  6. by   kmchugh

    I really like seeing male RN's who work in LD and excell at it. My OB rotation in nursing school was the one that was so bad I wanted to quit. The thought of having to return to OB for part of my CRNA schooling gave me serious pause, though I ultimately decided to tough it out. I'm glad I did, because I loved my anesthesia OB rotation.

    Your point about instructors and professionalism is well taken. I have run into people from all walks of life, and all professions, who lack professionalism, or allow personal beliefs to skew their professional behavior. What bothers me as much are the people like Oldtimenurse who bury thier head in the sand and swear it doesn't happen. That demeans those of us it happened to even further.

    Kevin McHugh
  7. by   Roland
    1. Quest, I DO watch Donahue (when I have time) and listen to NPR everyday on my way to classes. I like information from ALL sides of the issues, sometimes my positions are modified or changed based upon new information (for instance O'Reilly convinced me to be anti-death penalty in favor of life in prison with hard labor). I respect everyones right to have any position they want. In addition, I believe that the crucible of debate is one of the best ways to elicit truth.

    2. London, What do you THINK your boss would say if you could sit him down and say something akin to he following: "What would you do (Mr. Boss) were you in my position with the ambition of becoming a CRNA? CRNA schools REQUIRE the critical care experience to apply. If you were made the God of all things nursing what policies would you implement to deal with this situation? One example might be the creation of paid internships for those who will be going on to further their education within two years of graduating with BSN's (but which do not pay at the level of RN's with no such plans to leave). Perhaps this would be a compromise acceptible to both the student and the employer.

    3. Kevin, did the OBGYN, clinical, rotation instructor actually come and and SAY she didn't believe men should be in nursing? I'm not saying she didn't discriminate but sometimes actions which are not discrimination can be misunderstood as being that which they are not. Consider, that my wife and I went into a small Mexican restaurant we frequent on a regular basis about two weeks ago. Unlike, their normal excellant service we were seemingly IGNORED for about thirty minutes (even after I asked one of the passing waiters to please get us someone). Had I been a minority I very well might have felt myself to be the victim of discrimination. It turned out we were sat in a "dead zone" that had not been assigned to ANY of the servers, it was just a mistake.
    What do you think that instructor would have said had I gone to her with something like:

    "Look Mrs. instructor I have never received less than an "A "in my life but I am now earning a "C" in your class. I realize that past performance is no guarentee of future success however you can see that I take your class quite seriously (I never miss class, read the covered material before class, and take advantage of office hours when availible). What can I do to raise my grade in your class?" If she came back with a discriminatory statement such as "well I just don't beleive that nursing is an ideal career choice for men."; I might respond with something like "Look when I was in the Navy there were those who didn't believe that women should be there and BELIEVING that is OKAY in fact as an American who holds our Bill of Rights dear I would die to defend your right to believe whatever you feel is correct. However, when you ACT upon those beliefs in a manner which hurts others and goes against the policies of the institution in which you serve it is not a good thing. If you think men shouldn't be in nursing then fight for that perspective at the POLITICAL level but don't penalize those who are just trying to be good students and support their families. Because when you discriminate against ME you are also hurting my wife and kid, as well as undermining the TRUST your employers have placed in you."

    Finally, there is the point to be made that if this instructor is one of those who subscribe to the notion that CRNA's are not truly "nurses", and it is my desire as a man to become a CRNA. Well, then the best thing she could do is give me an so I can remove myself from nursing (at least in her eyes). On the other hand if she marks me down to a "C" undeservedly, well this might make it harder for me to get accepted into CRNA school. I might have no choice but to remain a staff nurse for a much longer period of time. Even by the logic of her own prejudice she would be helping to create a result which she opposes (men in nursing).
    Last edit by Roland on Aug 25, '02
  8. by   Qwiigley
    In our class at MSMC in Los Angeles, we had one male student that was just a loser. No one had the balls to give him bad grades because they didn't want to discriminate. (We were in a mostly all women's college- males accepted in PT and Nursing) In his OB rotation, something happened, and he failed. I don't know what it was, but this kid was not a good nurse. We shared other rotations, so I saw him in action. Like I said above, I think there whould be more men in the profession... too bad this one did nothing for the cause.
  9. by   Roland
    In what ways was he a bad nurse? In other words can you remember the specific behaviors (or lack there of) which made him deficient? Maybe there is something I can learn from his mistakes to reduce the chances that I will emulate them. I DO have to struggle with "practical" things (I can still remember that in Boy Scout Summer camp it took me FOREVER to learn how to properly tie the knots required for a particular merit badge.) Maybe, if I can learn what practical things are likely to pose the greatest challenge, I can spend extra time in the skills lab to compensate.

    Last edit by Roland on Aug 25, '02
  10. by   kmchugh

    Actually, she did say specifically that men did not belong in nursing, though I was not there at the time. OB and peds rotations were each 1/2 semester in my school. A section of all females went through the OB portion (all female because the class consisted of three males, luck of the draw). When she walked into the classroom, she surveyed her students, then said "This is how it should be. All women. Men do not belong here."

    I received no fewer than three independent reports, at separate times, from women who were present when this was said. It was, as far as I was concerned, only the icing on the cake. If you spoke to any male who went through the program while she was teaching, they will relate many of the same difficulties I had.

    Kevin McHugh
  11. by   mark_LD_RN
    Roland, be aware discrimination is out there! like i said before i had an instructor that openly discriminated against males. example she would let females pick their own patients while she picked them for the males, i had request no female patients at first, well she assigned me a 36 yr old female that had a mastectomy and a female that just had a D&C. next day she assigned me a little old man thatt had lung ca, he had said it was ok to have students just no males well i got him as a patient when patient complained i told her she just said"so you want to be a nurse huh, well deal with it" on another occasion she told me males are not nurses and can not be nurses and i will see to that" well i reported her to the dean which to my beniefit was a friend of mine and my wife. she ended up gettting fired for her discrimination.

    but out in the real world discrimination is alive and well against males. try to get a job in OB as a male and see. I have been denied jobs on numerous occassions just because of my gender and have been told so.

    nurses need to act like professionals and stop all forms of discrimination if we are to ever advance as a profession.
  12. by   Roland
    discrimination (real or imagined) I will just think of my son and the surf on the North shore of Oahu. That will keep me focused!
  13. by   London88
    I am going to raise an issue for which I will be crucified, but I am going to raise the issue anyway. Do you think that you being dicsriminated against as a male nurse in OB is because of your gender, and the discipline which you chose to get into. In other words from a patient's perspective, your patient population are females, for some odd reason many females have no problem with a male OB/GYN, but yetstill have a problem with being examined by a male nurse. I do not believe this is right, but it is a reality. To expand on this, in this day an age of managed care, and the high competetion amongst hospitals for patients, and patient satisfaction, could this be why you have been turned down for jobs in OB? Again I do not think this is justified, but have you given the situation any thought from this perspective? I wish I could count the number of times that I have been told in the ICU by female patients that they do not want the CNA who is a male to put them on the bedpan, or give them a bath. In order to deal with this situation, and break the cycle, I would have the CNA enter the patient's room with me and we will start the bath together. I will then ease my way out of the room, and let the male CNA complete the bath. Many of these same patients cannot stop singing praises for this same CNA by the time they are ready to leave. It is sad, but it is a reality.

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