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I was just wondering how many gentlemen out there chose nursing as their first profession? I just graduated in May and in my nursing program of 85 people, there were eight men. All of them, but one... Read More

  1. by   Toph McGee
    I am a recent grad and I am almost off orientation (I got strung along at this one hospital then the manager left so I was told I had no job. Oh well) But I thought about it as I was writing my notes and thinking about the day when it occurred to me that I couldn't see my self at a desk or doing anything else but nursing. Its almost second nature to me.
  2. by   LibraNurse1974
    My mother told me in 1980, when I was a kid, that Men should be nurses. She was a nurse too. She said that people are getting older, meaner and she said they needed more men to help lift bigger people.

    She said all this in 1980. Well, since that time, I wanted to be a nurse. No other option for me. I do have a psyche degree on the side, but thats because I love psychology, I feel the best as a nurse.
  3. by   Pat_Pat RN
    I'm seeing an interesting trend here....I too was in engineering as my first career. I also was a FF/EMT and found that nurses made more money. So now I'm in my third semester of an ASN program.
  4. by   tiij
    why did i pick nursing!? well.. i finished school on 02' did one year of civil engineering in 03' then decided to transfer to nursing because i was always going to work in somehting that helps people. in engineering i wanted to make like a charity foundation in africa or something that puts in to place engineering interventions to make infrastructure, drains and plumbing, safe. anyway turns out that would be a round about way to help people, so i decided to help people when they are sick. then i decided when i finished my general degree to help kids because i enjoy working with them better than old people. sometimes they say the nicest things, they also let you know when they dont like you! but more often then not.. the kids and parents make it worthwhile!
  5. by   callmekipling
    I had no idea what I wanted to do, going into college. So I tried music education. I'm still very musical, but music was not fit to be the day job (and any music teacher will tell you, you hardly get time to play if you're busy teaching!)

    So I dropped out, and frankly nursing was next on the list. But the list was arbitrary - after nursing went mechanic, then infantry. Looking back now, I don't think I could be a career soldier (but I do change my own oil....)

    Got a CNA job, liked it so much I started applying to schools again. I just finished my first semester.
  6. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    I earned my first degree in engineering. I immediately considered getting a credential and becoming a math teacher. Instead I pursued my engineering career.

    After being laid off a few years later, I went for a chemistry degree with a minor in biology. I was debating between pursing medical school or a PhD in chemistry. I decided against the PhD in chemistry and selectively applied to 2 regional medical schools; I was not accepted. I was newly engaged to a woman who did not want to live the life of a med student and resident so I did not apply again to a broader set of schools.

    I resumed my engineering career and again considered becoming a teacher.

    Economic troubles befell every employer I had and I continued to job-hop one step ahead of the pink slip (and earning substantially more nearly every time). Eventually, the pink slip caught up with me and I said "enough with this."

    Nursing first came onto the radar for me during several interactions with hospitals and hospice for our family. When i was finally out of work, I considered my options and one of those was nursing. I came across a DEMSN program at my chemistry/biology alma mater which was ideally suited for me. I applied and was accepted.

    Why did I never consider nursing as a young man? I'm not really sure but it was some combination of:
    • Pride
    • Lack of a servant's heart
    • Concern about insufficient intellectual challenge and stimulation
    • Lower earning potential (part of what steered me away from teaching, too)
    • The allure of high-tech and advanced science
    What's drawing me to nursing now is:
    • Desire to use my own experiences as a patient (personally, as a parent, and as an adult child) to make things easier for others going through the trials of illness and injury.
    • Desire to work at a job that's tough to outsource to cheaper, overseas locations (hence my frustration with importation of workers from those same areas)
    • There seems to be less age discrimination in nursing than in high-tech
    • The relatively high probability of a payoff (stable job with decent income) for my mid-life investment of time and money going to graduate school.
    • The desire to enter a field that can be broad and diverse.
  7. by   socalpca
    I was a beach lifeguard for 14 years, startikng when I was 16. It was the only job I ever wanted to do, I was darn good at it and I was a supervisor for 4 years. Then I tore some knee ligaments and my lifeguard chief would not hold my supervisor spot for me during my rehab, so I quit. My mother-in-law, a school nurse, had been trying to get me into nursing for a few years so I chose to take the pre-requisites during my rehab. I graduated in June 2006, passed the boards in June 2007 and have been practicing for almost 7 months now.

    When I was finishing high school & starting college, males were not encouraged to pursue nursing. Times have certainly changed now. I fully expect more males to enter nursing as their first career in the years to come.
  8. by   Theogift
    I was a medic in the Air Force twenty years ago, when I got out I bounced around from job to job mostly different areas of construction. Then things changed when a large heavy wall fell on my head, everyone on the job thought I was dead. After a long ride in the ambulance and a head CT I realized that I could be giving the kind of care I had received, so I started taking prereqs tow months later. I just got my first nursing job and I couldn't be happier.
  9. by   katyRN111
    I chose nursing as first carrer and since 8 year I am working as RN
  10. by   pawashrn
    My first career was in hospital administration. Politics as they were, I changed careers. I know how hospitals function and how they make money, so it was an easy career change for me.
  11. by   gary62_1
    Nursing was not my first career choice. I was in Law Enforcement for seven years, then decided to go to school for computer science, but found out the computer industry was too competitive and didn't want to fight for a job, changed my major to teaching, ran out of money and then went overseas on a peace mission for NATO to save money for college. While I was over there I got some "bug" and had to go to a third world hospital, man did it suck! It was then that I decided to go into healthcare, to try and give better healthcare to people than what they are used to getting. I had planned on traveling abroad and doing missionary work (which I still might do), but for now I'm in the good ole U.S. of A.

  12. by   nu134
    Im concidering Nursing as my first career, but it definatly isnt my first degree haha. I got my BA in Psych in 07. I realized that i wasnt too passionate about it half way through my senior year unfortunatly. I worked in a group home for people with MR/DD and did alot of the work a nurses aide would do. I really enjoyed the job and decided Nursing could I applied to the local community college near my home, and got accepted. I dont know if i wasted time taking all that course work in Psych, but id like to think that it will be useful down the road. Im currently deploying to Afghanistan, so I had my admission deferred, and should start in summer/fall 09.

    Wish me luck!

  13. by   Stringer
    Quote from ltmja
    I was just wondering how many gentlemen out there chose nursing as their first profession? I just graduated in May and in my nursing program of 85 people, there were eight men. All of them, but one chose nursing as a second career. I was just always wondering why not more wanting to be nurses as their first career? What changed your mind? Have you always wanted to be a nurse, if so why not your first career chose? Thanks, I have just always wondered-Laura
    First profession for me. 32 years ago it was pretty rare. I was working nights as a janitor. I had dropped out of high school because I was living on my own and needed to support myself. Nurses on the surgical floor befriended me, convinced me I would be a good nurse, and went on to procure some funding to get me started. It wouldn't have been my first choice except for those fortuitous events. Although it has been difficult at times to stay with, I wouldn't do it any other way. There were those nurses in the early years that requested that no male nurse ever be assigned to work under them, or anywhere on their floor. I didn't let it bother me too much.

    For men, nursing offers a very unique perspective on life, and allows for a different set of relationships with women than most careers--women have been my bosses, friends, colleagues, mentors, and counselors for most of my working life. It has been helpful that I've really never cared much about what people think about me. I'm married to a RN also. I also have a BS in Information Technology, but haven't found an offer yet that is attractive enough to pull me away from nursing.