The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 17

Hi All! I'm a crazy father of 2 ex-premed who just recently turned down Northwestern to go into a RN program. I already have an Associate in Science, but I'll be getting another ADN and then... Read More

  1. by   MtnMan
    just keeping the thread alive
  2. by   manna
    There is only one guy in my whole nutrition class (mostly pre-nursing/dietetics students).. poor thing. To top that off, his name is Mango!
  3. by   agent
    Originally posted by manna
    There is only one guy in my whole nutrition class (mostly pre-nursing/dietetics students).. poor thing. To top that off, his name is Mango!
    No way.. are you serious!!!:chuckle
  4. by   manna
    Originally posted by agent
    No way.. are you serious!!!:chuckle
    As a heart attack. Isn't that funny?
  5. by   BNS_Rob
    I'm in my second year of my 4 year BN degree at the University of Manitoba
    There are 34 women and 4 guys in my class....
    I"ve been a paramedic for 15 yrs, it feels different to go from a
    male dominated job to a female dominated career.
  6. by   jemride
    Here's my story:

    I am a 29 year male who has worked as a surgical tech for the past 8 years on a busy labor and delivery unit. Needless to say, I am outnumbered 10:1 ration on the male-to-female aspect. I originally wanted to be a PA but after a few years of working as a surgical tech full time, partying and trying to do prereqs full time, I quickly burned out. I began to think that the healthcare field wasn't for me so I went and got a B.S. in computer science instead. I thought that a change of scene would do me some good. Besides, the IT field was booming at that time and it looked like I could make a good living that way. By the time I graduated last year, the technology field bottomed out and the jobs I was being offered made me reconsider my options. I came to realize that I was going to miss working in the OR and that no other job out there could be as important, challenging and rewarding as being in the healthcare field (minus the management).

    So now I am finishing off my prereqs to try and get into an accelerated BSN program. I just finished sending off my application to last month. I feel reborn with a new agenda and a world of oppurtunities at my disposal. I am now hoping to get into this program. If I do not get in, I might just go and do what I set out to do in the first a PA.

    Things will work themselves out. They always do. Good luck to everyone who is waiting to hear a reply from a nursing program and to those of you still trying to figure out what to do with your lives.
  7. by   menetopali
    Well we graduated 57 (i think) in our class and had 6 guys. 2 Marine Corps vets, 1 Air Force vet, a (self-described) jock, a (again self-described) bookworm, and second carreer divorcee. We formed a group amongst ourselves and thank god for it. In spite of the overt anti-male attitude of some of our instructors and the much subtler anti-male attitude of several other instructors, we made it through and have joined the workforce. Hang in there you guys! From what I've seen, the working world is generally much more accepting of men in nursing than the academic world.

    Beware though, the discrimination against us is still there and we must be prepared to deal with it. This includes the "I don't know why the male students even come here [the OB/nursery ward], we don't hire men here" from an OB nurse during my clinical rotation, as well as the constant use of female pronouns like "goodnight ladies" from one the doctors that I work with in the GI department, and the patient who sats they don't want a man in the room while they have a colonoscopy because "I want to keep my dignity" even though the doctor is male.

    In spite of this, attitudes are changing and we need to hang in there while they change and help to lead that attitudnal shift by being caring and professional in all that we do as nurses, encouraging other men to become nurses, entering the realm of academic nursing, and trying to change the stereotype that to be a nurse is to be effeminate.
  8. by   usmc94201
    I am glad I came accross this thread. I have not incountered the bias that you all discuss. I am working on my last semester of prereqs. I will be appling to the local nursing programs in January. I spent 7 years in the Corps and it has taken some time to shake the emasculating stigma of being called a NURSE by my father (Marine for 20years). But I am excited to start school and start a new carreer. Of course I get all the looks and jokes from my friends. Oh yea and the famous quote........"whats the matter? Dont want to be a doctor focker?" (meet the parents)
    John Kite
    Overland Park, Kansas
  9. by   agent

    great post!

    jemride>> i thought about doing PA as well, but I needed to do a night program.. i may just end up a NP, which would be fine for me.

    What the big difference anyway? Do NP's have harder time finding jobs than PA's?
  10. by   manna
    Originally posted by agent
    What the big difference anyway? Do NP's have harder time finding jobs than PA's?
    I think there's a difference in training in the medical vs. nursing model.

    PAs have only VERY recently been licensed to practice in my home state... supposedly the NPs were "keeping them out." *shrug*
  11. by   KrisRNwannabe
    I realize that as a female I am intruding but oh well!! I just wanted to say how nice it is that so many men are getting into nursing. we need more men around (i prefer single men but...)
    anyways just wanted to say hi and good luck

  12. by   Mjollnir

    I'm presently considering joining the nursing profession. I'm 22 and about to graduate with an economics degree, but would honestly much rather work helping and serving others than working a drab office job. I've learned quite a bit from reading the posts--ups as well as downs. But I've got a question or two yet. Do guys get stuck doing a lot more grunt work than the ladies? I'm not necessarily opposed to doing tasks in proportion with my physical strength, but would not appreciate having a full load of patients and then having to help additionally with everyone else's heavy and/or rowdy patients on a regular basis. I would appreciate anyone's experiences. Also, I think the term "male nurse" is kind of lame. Anyone like the term "nrse" as a replacement?

  13. by   agent
    Yeah i think applying a sex term to nursing is rediculous..

    They dont say "female doctor" even though doctoring has been a notoriously male dominated profession in the past.