The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In! - page 25

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   malenurse1
    It's nice to know I am not alone! I am 2nd semester ADN and I have 1 other guy in my class. They keep us split up for clinicals. It drives me nuts when my instructors give us a scenario that a nurse is in. When they ask what the nurses response should be, they always say "What should SHE do" as nurses can only be female. Oh well as my grandmother always said, keep your mouth shut and stay out of trouble!
  2. by   GraduatingERRN
    We need to promote nursing to other men! I will graduate from an ADN program in May and we have myself and 1 other male student. We started out with 4 men and 85 women!
  3. by   GraduatingERRN
    I didn't start the program until I was 36! I will be 38 in March and I am definately not the oldest student!
  4. by   malenurse1
    I will be 40 when I graduate in December 05.
  5. by   2bRN07
    Hey Guys,

    I'm 44 and will be 47 when I finish my BSN. It's my second career but wish I would have made it my first. I always wanted to go into nursing but got side tracked in life as we all do. I'm not the oldest around either. I'm in a Microbiology class right now, all nursing students, of the men, around ten, 2 are in their late 40's and one guy I know is 55. It's never too late. Go for it.

  6. by   agent
    Glad to see all you new guys posting!

    Keep it up
  7. by   septicwad
    I'm 44 and in the second semester of a BSN program. There are 88 people in my class; six of them are men. It's been pretty smooth sailing so far. I was a medic in the Army so I'm very comfortable in the clinicals. The hardest thing about nursing school is listening to the complaining from the younger students and the liberal rants from the instructors.
  8. by   BradP
    I'm a 30 year old finance guy that's giving a lot of thought to going the LPN-RN-MSN route. Just wanted to drop a hello and ask a question.

    How are you other guys handling the finances for school? Tuition and such for an LPN program is around $5,000 here but what's killing me is living expenses. As the sole income earner, and in desperate need of a career change, I'm having a hard time figuring how I'll cover living expenses while attending school full-time. Taking out student loans to cover them, and living cheap, would be at least $17k in debt assuming I can even get enough to cover living expenses....any helpful stories to relate?
  9. by   H ynnoD
    Hi Brad

    I work full time at night and go to school during the day.If you are the only provider for your family you might qualify for some type of grants that you don't have to pay back.I got lucky,even at 41 my dad pays my tuition.All I have to pay is for my books,which is the more exspensive part,but if you want it bad enough it will work out.
  10. by   septicwad
    Check with financial aid at the college. In Florida, newly graduated nurses who accept jobs in the state have their student loan rates convert to 1%. That's practically free money!
  11. by   agent
    I found a program that has evening clinicals.

    It'll be hard with the wife and 2 kids, but ill get by, also I get financial aid through FAFSA
  12. by   RNPATL
    Hey Guys .... single father of 3 here and I finished school for my ADN a little over 4 years ago. I think the toughest part was never having a cent to spend on anything. But, I buckled down and lowered my expenses to the lowest I could and applied for every scholarship I could, and lived off my student loans! Yea, the loan payments are a pain, but I know that I would have never been able to finish school without them. Today, my kids are all teenagers and I am still in school .... will it never end? One day I will be done.

    As far as being one of the few guys in my class .... I originally became an LPN back in 1984. There were only 2 of us in the class. One failed, which left me as the only guy! In RN school, I was one of about 8 guys .... we all graduated. But it was nice to have some guys around because we think alike. Today, as an RN .... where I work there are a lot of RN's that are men. Sometimes on my shift, it is not uncommon to have almost the entire shift staffed by men. For old guys like me that have been around for a while, it feels strange, but its all good.
  13. by   malenurse1
    I hear what you are saying, I was a medic in the Air Force! When the younger people start whining I just remember they don't have the advantage of having survived a Drill Instructor screaming inches from your face for no apparent reason! I also wonder how they would do if "Mommy and Daddy" were not bankrolling them. Let them pay for classes & books, and then lets hear what they have to say! I do have to say there a couple of them that really bust their butts to make it in the ADN program and I respect that.