To Male Nurses! - page 7

O.K., men, I've got a couple of questions to ask you! First a little history. I was asked by the vice-president of nursing (a female, by the way), along with a few other male nurses who work at... Read More

  1. by   mario_ragucci
    Originally posted by Sekar
    It is possible to mix the military aspects that 8th grade kids find fascinating (well some of them do) with the nursing aspects that some 8th grade kids will find fascinating, even if they would rather expire than admit it. You ought to convert the whole thing to an AVI file and up load here for our viewing.
    I find my military training to be an intrical part of who I am, a positive. Then again, I think the purpose of this discipline is, at this point in time, overdue for a phase-out. So, I would have to think about how I present military to kids. This is very tough to call, and still has me thinking.

    Nurses have a code just like Marines do. The discipline is needed to be an excellent nurse. Other than that, the purpose of the Marine Corps and the purpose of a nurse are totally opposite, on my level anyway. Lol. No flames. Establishing and advancing a FEBA is way different from IV therapy. Right? Lol.

    Semper Fi
  2. by   flaerman
    I went into because I actually wanted to do something that helped others. I know it sounds cheesy, but my teen years I grew up hanging on street corners and saw the not nice side of life. Originally I wanted to do pediatrics but in school rotation found that my anger towards stupid and abusive parents would have killed my career before it got started. Even in nursing school I liked what I did on the clinical floors and wasn't getting paid for it. I went to work in telemetry when I started and have worked ICU, M/S, Oncology, cardiac stepdown and now ER and wouldn't trade it for the world. Have been an RN for 17 years and am licensed in 3 states. I have participated in programs where we went to high schools for career days and have talked to male students about going into nursing. Maybe a little media coverage of men in nursing would help to get the word out to guys. I live in the Orlando paper and the sentinel had a story recently that covered men in nursing. Our local school programs in the area have full programs, Orlando is offering housing subsidy for nurses. Otherwise the only other ithing I can think of is by doing the best job I can with my patients and their families, doing this I have talked with sons, grandsons, etc about my job, it's benefits etc. I just know that when I go home at the end of a shift I may be tired, but I know that I did the best I could and have made a difference to the world. Paul
  3. by   MishlB
    Originally posted by hogan4736
    It's great for raising kids...3 days a week and a lot of time off.

    Let's face it, all the overtime in the world makes you no less hungry and no better rested than you were before nursing.

    Your buddies are running a backhoe or forklift...cracking chests, having virtually no free time, and shouldering every almost every ounce of liability...or grinding it 9-5 w/ 8 days a month off. Each one is running around doing errands, fighting all the crowds, AND keeping the family safe and happy.

    12 days working, 18 days off and NO CALL!!!!!
    Hmmmmmmm - you do the math.

    $60,000/year as a nurse - 3 days a week (yes it can be done!)

    $30,000/year (national average) 5 days a week and grinding it out, hardly having energy to spend w/ family.

    I've done both and have seen the light.

    Overtime is overrated.

    Need I say more to a 12 year old?
    Sorry, but here goes....NO, don't say this to 12 year olds. You make it sound like the life of a rock star, when in all actuality, this is not an accurate portrayal of nursing. Why not simply talk about what you do, and how it makes you feel, instead of how much money you can make. (just my opinion, I know it doesn't mean much!)
  4. by   Steth_jockey
    As a student nurse 5 months from graduating and 49 years young, I have to tell you that being a nurse is quite rewarding. I really like the head scratching critical thinking aspect of the profession. I have been a school psychologist for about 16 years in the public schools and my colleagues think I am nuts for making this transition. This new profession is exactly what I was looking for: 1) medical/science oriented, 2) opportunities to make a positive impact on others, 3) rubbing elbows with some of the most amazing, caring professionals on the planet! I am thankful for the opportunity at this time in my life to finally enter the medical field. Thanks for listening!
  5. by   mrnurse2u
    Originally posted by efiebke
    Back to the topic on hand.
    ... At one point, we discussed healthcare and jobs and I asked him if he would consider being a nurse, a doctor, a x-ray tech (he was most certainly interested in viewing his own x-rays!). Much to my surprise, he said "No" to being a nurse becuase it was a "female profession"! I wasn't even thinking "Male" or "Female"! ! !I was just wondering if he was interested in the healthcare profession as a whole!
    Breaking the stereotype will have to start in pre-school and kindergarten with changing children's books and videos to
    show nurses of both genders....same with doctors.

    Strange how the kid didn't even flinch when asked by a male
    nurse if he'd want to be a nurse. The stereotype so innate, it
    didn't occur to him he might be rude in has answer? Oh, wait,
    he's an eighth-grader. I forgot for a moment how "blunt" they
    can be. So, be blunt back, they'll respect you for it.

    To answer the original question...I agree with those who say
    to highlight the gadgets nurses get to work with and the sense
    of challenge and responsibility.

    Also, make sure you have the latest cool music in the background.
    Fast-paced, high-energy music (perhaps like that used for snow-boarding, skateboarding or other Xtreme sports) will add to
    the excitement as well.

    Good luck.