The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 22

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   MarkK
    Hello, I am new to this board. I will be starting the accelerated F.A.C.T. program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philly in June 05. Nice to meet all of you.
  2. by   agent
    Merry Christmas
  3. by   ejlaca
    Hey Guys,

    I am 32 and finishing up my prereq's, I have two to go before I can start applying to nursing school. I am totally changing directions. I am currently a financial analyst, but I am getting no satisfaction out of it, and am bored to death sitting behind a desk. I have been volunteering in the ER of a level 1 trauma center, and have really enjoyed the experience. It has told me that I am making the right decision in making my switch. Last Friday night I had to sit for an hour with a hysterical mother who was medi-vac'd in with her 12 year old son that was the victim of a hit and run. I really felt a sense of accomplishment helping her through that tough time. I stopped by the kids room last night, unfortunately he still hasn't come out of his coma.

    Any thoughts about career directions? Anyone out there who has been in their nursing career for a while that would have gone a different direction during or after nursing school. I am thinking about working towards nurse anesthetist, but I don't know much about it.

    Just happy to be part of the board.

  4. by   mmj
    ejlaca, I think you are making a very good career move. This is very satisfying work, something that is not too common. Go to the CRNA thread on this website. You can learn a lot about preparing for anesthesia school there, very informative.

  5. by   Pete Mac
    And yet another comes forth.... I'm 45 and a second career guy too. I inspect buildings for insurance carriers, and have done so for about 17 yrs. I spent the past two years taking all the pre-req's ( at night) at NCC in the Lehigh Valley here in Eastern PA. I was accepted into the nights/weekends ADN program there, and start clinicals in less than a month. The day program and the night program together took 70 out of almost 400 applicants, of which about 5 or 10 are men ( based on the turnout I saw at the orientation last month).
    I was a 91B Army Medic for 5 years, and I used to volunteer as an EMT with the local squad when I still had something known as "spare time". Now I read, study, work.... when I get a chance I ride my Softail, or head for the woods with a backpack (thats my "church").
    I'm really looking forward to getting started in clinicals.. I hate to wait. Lots of work ahead, but from past experience I know that if I'm busy with something I enjoy, and that I find exciting ,that the time will pass quickly.
    Hope to speak with you guys here often, and if any of you are in eastern Pa let me know, we'll get together for a pint of Guinness and shoot the $hite.
  6. by   ezdoesit
    It's quite interesting to hear all the career changes for the most of us. I'm a 30yr old father of 3 and decided to make a career change 2yrs ago. I'm in my second semester of my RN nursing program and so far so good. It is alot more interesting than driving truck! Good luck to you all and when times get tough just hang in there. :roll
  7. by   mnurse2b
    As a second semester student I can definitely relate to everything everyone is talking about. Yes, we are a minority in the nursing profession, but my experience has been only positive. All of my fellow students (74-femaie, 6-maie) are great! Everyone is cooperative and helps each other to be successful.

    I'm a 2nd career guy, moving from computer programmer to RN. Tired of looking at machines all day, I want to help people!

  8. by   agent
    Good for you. I'm also in the computer engineering area, tired of it as well.
  9. by   piper_for_hire

    I'm also a 2nd career programmer type. I think there will be enough programmer-turned-RNs out there to start up our own club!

  10. by   agent
    The ex-developers club
  11. by   tdg_rn
    Yeah!! Let's do it!!
  12. by   agent
    Has anyone talked to you guys about Nursing Infomatics?

    I dont know a lot about it, but if its like what im doing now, im not interested.

    btw happy new year!
  13. by   piper_for_hire
    Yes - I've looked into informatics. There seems to be a lot of effort in this area, but for me, I am done with computers. After sitting in front of one for 12 years, I'm ready to work with people! I do think that some of us ex-tech people will probably go into informatics eventually.