Does being a guy have any affect on being accepted into your schools nursing program? - page 7

I know this seems like a really stupid question but I wanted to see what the people on here have found out from personal experience. Not too long ago I was talking with a group of fellow nursing... Read More

  1. by   MrWarmHearted
    Nope ours just takes the top TEAS test scores
  2. by   Jevell - AMPNN
    From my experience, there is no difference. I think most males who decide to go into nursing have thought long and hard about the decision because it is not a traditional male field of work (therefore a stronger desire to be a nurse). As opposed to some females who just chose the field bacause it is a female dominated field...therfore lower motivation. So, it appears more males are accepted because the few that apply are more serious about the field and staying in it (purely my opinion not based on research).

    Side thought: I see so many people concerned with admission statistics for nursing schools...why? To me, more effort should be focused on quality of care after graduation, right? Clearly graduating and doing well in the field should be the concern or topic of heated discussion. If there were loads of male students dropping out of nursing program or providing terrible patient care...there should be cause for concern/debate. Just my 2%
    Last edit by Jevell - AMPNN on Dec 22, '10
  3. by   BCRNA
    I don't think that is true at all. It is my experience that men in nursing tend to have higher GPA's to begin with and have hopes of either bieng a NP or CRNA. I don't think it is a quota that needs to be meet as much is it is that male nursing students tend to be more career orientated. I sat on the interview boards to help decide who was accepted into graduate school, not once did they tell me to make my decision on gender or race. You will also see that the the overall percentage of male to female students increases in graduate school. Men are more likely to move onto graduate education. Though I am an anesthetist and in a more male dominated field, my graduating class was 50/50 male/female mix. The NP class where I went to school was about 30% male. My undergraduate class had 6 guys and 92 women, over 6%.

    I would be willing to believe that in other fields men get preference, but nursing is female dominated. I just wont believe that women are discriminating against women in favor of male applicants. And there definitely would be lawsuits if this could be proven to be occurring.
  4. by   dslayden
    Quote from cjcsoon2brn
    I know this seems like a really stupid question but I wanted to see what the people on here have found out from personal experience. Not too long ago I was talking with a group of fellow nursing students about the process of getting accepted into the nursing program at our college. A few of the students said that out of all the students they knew that applied for the program most of the time men who applied were accepted after their first or maybe second attempt, while most other students are accepted after their second or third time applying. During the discussion, I told them that I didn't really think that being a guy (and a minority) was what led to this situation but they seemed to disagree and suggested I ask some other guys at this website and some other nursing students overall and see what they think. What does everyone think about this?
    Yes you fall under minority status and are only compeating with other males applying does not mean you get a free ride. you still have to qualify. do you know why male nurses get hired faster becouse they are less intimidated by Dr.
  5. by   omgmurse
    I busted my butt doing pre-reqs to get into my nursing program. I was told (by my advisor) before I could even apply that I needed to take A+P 1 and 2, English Comp 1 and 2, Psych, Sociology, a math course, human growth and development, microbiology, and the Hesi Exam. I'm Male. I did all that and maintained a GPA of 3.8.

    Don't tell me I didn't work to get in my program or that I'm not deserving. Maybe the fact that most schools ask you for relevant experience and my having 7 years as a combat medic with deployment time to Iraq and having been a cardiac med tech for 4 years gave me an edge, but I'm fairly certain my penis didn't.

    When I got accepted into the program (first time) I noticed that a lot of the females (about 95 in a class of about 105) had only taken A&P 1 and 2 and were doing all of their "pre-reqs" as co-reqs.


    So no, I do not think that they give preferental treatment to males. If anything I think it's harder as a male in the course. I've had to deal with an idiot new grad nurse at work (been a PCT for 4 years) say crap like "You only got in because you're a guy", and pretty much the same from a few people in my class. Do any of you idiots that are sitting there talking down about your male counterparts realize that if it were the opposite and a male saying that about the females he would likely be removed from the program? Talk about a double standard. How about in our lab videos where they protray the female students as responsible and bursting at the seams with knowledge and the male students as incompetent, negligent, and probably not belonging in the program?

    Yeah, the nursing programs (and nursing as a career) are so stacked against females, it's so hard for women to get ahead in nursing... I mean that's why the field is 94% female and I know of two male nurse managers at my hospital (and I work at a very large hospital).

    I'm sorry to rant, I'm just so sick and freaking tired of hearing females in class and at work whine about male nurses and how hard females have it in nursing and how oppressed they are. Get over yourselves. Pick another career if you want to be a martyr or have a pity party.
  6. by   OneHungryNurse
    I hope it does!
  7. by   timskatesminiramps
    When i decided to go back to school for nursing, almost all of the students taking nursing prereq's were like " you will def get in, your a dude". So i was like hell yeah! Well, I had a 3.5 gpa, and got declined twice. I got accepted on the 3rd try, but had to take two summer classes (and get A's) to bring up my gpa, and get accepted. When I graduated, people also said " Youll def get a job, your a nurse, and a male... NO ONE really knows this crap. I havnt been offered a job by anyone cuz im a guy, and i def didnt get into my nursing program because of it. As others above me have stated, its all about hard work. I also know its super hard to get a job right now, so beg all your friends and family to see if they can get you in. Its all about who ya know, not about how many apps you put out...
  8. by   daaz
    Good question. I'm applying at the beginning of march, and i will know by april something if i'm in or not.

    I'm a white guy, 89.5% hesi, but a not-so-fantastic GPA of 2.87. I'll try to remember to update ya...

    For what it counts, the word on the grapevine is us guys do have an advantage, i know nothing about if being a minority compounds that.

    Nurse hard, play harder!

    o/
  9. by   futurenurse310
    Will be applying to 3 schools in Cali, and will also let you guys know if I get in too.
    Science GPA = 3.62
    Gen-ed GPA = Around 3.2 ish
  10. by   aclays
    Perhaps it depends on the school. It didn't in mine according to the advisor. We ended up with a 15% male class.
  11. by   DDoris
    Hmmm I've definitely heard this rumor before myself. I just applied to the University of South Florida's upper division program. My Overall GPA is 3.59, Pre-requisite GPA 3.88 I don't have volunteer experience and my only health experience is CPR certification and my Combat life Saver training from the Army. I have A's in all science classes. I know most people I have talked to are applying to CC but I want to go to a University because it will look better on my resume. I'm praying I make it and for this "male favoritism" lol!
  12. by   J*Mart
    My husband and I applied to all of the same ADN programs. We have the exact same science gpa but I have a higher overall gpa. I have 3 degrees (AA, BS, MS) and have more volunteer experience while he has an EMT license. He was accepted to one ADN school after a 9 month wait while I was declined. Other than that one school he was accepted to we were both declined from all other schools.

    He is in his third semester of ADN while I am still applying everywhere. A little birdie told him at his school they can fast track certain students on their waitlist into acceptance. He was fast tracked while I was not. Makes you wonder....
  13. by   J*Mart
    Quote from J*Mart
    My husband and I applied to all of the same ADN programs. We have the exact same science gpa but I have a higher overall gpa. I have 3 degrees (AA, BS, MS) and have more volunteer experience while he has an EMT license. He was accepted to one ADN school after a 9 month wait while I was declined. Other than that one school he was accepted to we were both declined from all other schools.

    He is in his third semester of ADN while I am still applying everywhere. A little birdie told him at his school they can fast track certain students on their waitlist into acceptance. He was fast tracked while I was not. Makes you wonder....
    On the other hand I was granted an interview at another school while he was not. When I asked them if they took into consideration gender they said that while others schools do they do not. They said when they looked at apps they don't even look at the candidate's name let alone gender. So my experience only pertains to what I have gone through personally.

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