Quote from MaleRNstudent21
Thanks, I really don't know what to say. It may sound funny maybe I just take it a bit too serious. I mean everyone says yeah we need more minorities males in nursing. But sometimes I get kind of bothered and feel alone. It is in comparison of being a male. You guys know how it is when your the only male in a class of 30 woman and the other male is not even close to your age. I guess you can say I sometimes feel alone and want to have someone in my struggles (Nursing school) to relate too. I don't mean to come off sensitive in any mannor. Its just something that kind of bothers me. Then again it makes me feel great to know that I'm making history in the progess of my studies. For example, the poster above gave me the site on the Board of Nurse Examiners currently licensed in Texas RN's by race,age and sex. As for African American males less than the age of 25 it was only "7" out of a total of 3,140 who was licensed. I'm glad to say I'll be under 25 when I graduated ,but to be the only blacksheep in one hospital under 25 more than likely is a bit bothering. I mean people already say I look 17yrs old. How is it going to be possible for pts or doctors to respect me for my professionalism,duties,and abilities. Instead of my outer appearances. As we all know many young RN's have this problem. Seems like I'll just have to work harder to prove myself through the way. I truely mean not to offend anyone or make this of racial importances. Its just I would like to feel not alone sometimes in a profession. Can anyone understand what I'm talking about?
Hey though, who says I can't be the black token,lol.
Once again I hope I didn't offend anyone. And thank you all for posting. Also thanks man for the BON information. Do you have a link for GA stats? I would like to see the comparison for Atlanta,GA.
Go to the GA BON website. I think most states keep statistical data, it's a legal thing. Not sure if they break it down by city, probably not.
I have worked with black male RNs. My experience, and it's purely anecdotal: Most were very intelligent and very laid back. But, I think that, in order to be a male in nursing period, you have to be able to 'go with the flow' some. And I think that the rule rather than the exception is that most nurses, of all stripes, are intelligent. So, I don't think race is a relevant factor in my observation.
Shoot, I hope people consider ME to be intelligent and laid back.
I may not have a total perspective, but I'd say: don't worry about race. I could be wrong, but I don't think you'll have serious problems with 'official' racism. Most employers are simply interested in hiring ANYBODY qualified, and besides, most are also interested in hiring 'diverse' candidates.
In fact, it is my experience with this site that a noted complaint is that male students have no problem whatsoever securing post grad jobs, sometimes to the detriment of female candidates.
And, I wouldn't worry about school. Smile, get along, and don't worry about the perceptions. Nursing school is such an inaccurate microcosm of real life, that your experiences there should NOT be applied to your estimations of future RN experiences.
It's like I tell my kids, different concept but related: High School is not real life. The things that are magnified there have little relevance in the real world.
Nursing School is not real nursing.