It's always encouraging to see another brother entering in the profession. I can totally understand where you are coming because I fit the mold that you are looking for. I am currently finishing my first semester in a distance learning FNP program and haven't had the chance yet to look around the classroom, but I'm pretty sure that I will be one of a few if not the only African-american male NP student in the entire program. If it is like past experiences (LVN,ADN,BSN programs) I expect to be drilled with the (very personal) 20 questions of who, what, where, why and when did you decide to become a nurse? Be confused with the stereo-type picture of what young African American males do as far as the Hip-hop era concerns? I could go on and on and on and on..... about how under represented and misunderstood African-American male nurses are in this day and time. I say that to say this we have an opportunity of a life time in the positions that we are in now to show AMERICA that not all African-American men are gang-bangers, thugs, baby's daddies, and GOD knows whatever else titles that have been bestowed upon us, but we are also Highly educated, respected, hard working men who feel and believe that we have just as muct to offer our profession as the next man or woman. I don't like to get started about issues affecting African american men because it really hits heavy in my heart, but I am and forever will be an advocate for African American male representation in the nursing profession at all levels until the day that breath leaves my body. A lot of our young brothers just need a little encouragement and guidance from some of us who have weathered the storm, stayed dry in spite of the continuous showers of rain and are now basking in the glorious rays of sun shine. All I can say is be encouraged my brother no matter what's going on, he will make it alright, but you got to stay STRONG!!!!
Please feel free to PM at your convenience and maybe send me your phone number and I'll call where we can talk at lenght about issues that we deal with on a daily basis. I have free nation wide long distance.
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I am casting a large net to find someone like myself. I am an African American male just starting my first semester in a Master's Family Nurse practitioner program. As I look around the classroom , I'm unable to find anyone that looks like me. Is there anyone out there that fits this description ?--nationally or internationally ? I would like some information or wisdom concerning pros,cons; advantages,pitfalls of my new endeavor.