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barcode120x has 3 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in Telemetry.






FNP class of 2021!


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    The Stigma of Men in Nursing

    I think this far from the truth. I don't think there is much "stereotyping" at all in this day an age. Maybe 10+ years ago there was, but definitely not today. I have NEVER come across any MD, nurse, colleague, patient, family members, or personal life people where I had to show respect or did not receive any respect for being a male nurse. Quite the opposite actually. More often than note, I get asked if I'm going for my MD while other times patients think I'm the MD. Regardless, I have yet to across across a person that does not respect me for being a "male nurse." Don't think any of my male nursing colleagues have had this issue either. If anything, I think I feel more respected because I'm a male when talking to MD's, in person or on the phone as opposed to my female colleagues who've had bad experiences conversing with these MD's. In regards to the 2 movies mentioned, I'm not offended by either of them and I loved those movies as a kid. They're still funny to this day. I think the concern today is how TV shows portray nurses in a downplayed/downgraded kind of way like in Grey's Anatomy, The Good Doctor, and The Resident. It's more important to view how hollywood is incorrectly presenting us nurses as a whole. @ OP, the world of male nursing has changed the past several years and I'd say much of what you have mentioned in your article is old and may not necessarily portray to a majority of the male nursing field in this day an age. Good information though and I do recall reading about possible "male nurse stereotypes" back when I was in nursing school. Other than that, I'm chillin right now on my telemetry floor and have been the last 4 years.
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    Haunted Hospital??

    Seeing is believing for me. I've had a few weird encounters, but until I see one with my own eyes, then I'll be a skeptic for life. I love hearing about stories though and I do enjoying watching ghost hunter type vlogs and stuff
  3. If it's a requirement for getting in the program ADN, BSN, MSN, I don't see why it would be a problem especially if it's a non-nursing class. I encourage taking online classes especially if you lead a busy life as long as you have good time management and organization skills. Full online BSN programs are popular nowadays, I wouldn't be surprised if they start offering ADN pre-requisite online courses in the near future (with an on campus lab requirement or virtual program). Many of my coworkers took statistics online. I took mine in a 6 week intercession. Of many of the classes, math is probably the one course I would actually take in person.
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    Weight Loss for Nurses

    Very true. Once you build the routine, it'll stick regardless if you are a night shifter or day shifter. I work nights and plenty of coworkers, especially day shift peeps ask me how I do it. Just gotta get that motivation. Pick a goal(s) (usually weight loss) and put your mind to it as well as do the things to get geared towards it. Just realized I had posted in this thread in Sept last year. So yeah, I was on the meal prep with that coach up until this past July. I lost about 35lbs (give or take) from following his meal prep plan and cardio plan on top of my own weight training program. Decided to return back to "normal" life because I started grad school on top of work and figured meal prepping/dieting would be rough on me at the start on the program. I've gained about 10lbs of that back, but that's life but I intend to gain no more than that. I still maintain some of my coach's meals and ideas. Plus, it doesn't help I completed stopped cardio (I was cardioing 5 days a week, 45-60min). Hoping to get myself back into that x3 a week...but school and work has been rough haha.
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    Burnout? Or something else?

    It could be many things, but it would seem to be the hours and possibly the work setting (hospice). I've had several former coworkers who could not survive nightshift for the life of them. It was ruining their daily routines as well as their relationships and family life. Although you personally may like the actual work hours and work environment, your body is telling you otherwise and you should pay attention to it. Last thing you want to do is to go into nursing school already burned out. Life is only going to get harder when nursing school starts. At this point, you haven't even reached your actual nursing career. Definitely need to revisit your options in terms of work, how to destress, and how to get out of this burnout.
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    What else can I do with my BSN

    Southern California :x
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    Littman or MDF Stethoscope

    I've used the classic litmann (the one with no bell either lol) since I started working as an RN. The plastic part that goes in front of the diaphragm came off and I grabbed a disposable stethscope and use that plastic to replace mine. Works just fine even to this day (still comes off every now and then haha). If anything, I would just with an upgraded litmann, one with a bell (which you probably won't use as much). Other than that, your classic should last you forever and ever. I don't recommend getting any sound/volume/acoustic enhancers when you first start working. No real reason to get it early on...or ever. The only reason I'd say you would need those pricey enhance stethoscope is if you're working on a cardiac unit or are gearing towards a clinician occupation. But even then, it may not even be necessary. None of the cardiologists at my work use one.
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    Abuse of nurses

    I've been fortunate enough where most of patients have been pretty cool/chill/nice. I've come across just a few "unruly" patients. Yeah the verbal abuse is there. Do I care? Not really. Any insults the patients throw at me means nothing. I'm there to do my job and if they don't want the care, that's their decision. I'm a pretty chill bro and play neutral when I come across these kind of patients. As a nurse, should I be more persuasive? Yes, I try but I'm not gonna go out of my way to get them to listen and agree with the care if they don't want. If they don't want the care, I chart as is, and it's there decision. Then again, I'm sure we all come across that unruly patient that DOES want the care but remains unruly. Just gotta get through that shift and hope the patient is gone the next time you come back. The "abuse" will always be there, but being the victim, you gotta put your mind to it at how you will deal with it. I simply brush it off. No, I'm not ignoring it, but it's something that I don't need to waste my time chasing after or fixing. Some people in the world don't change, at least I've tried.
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    What else can I do with my BSN

    Can also look into teaching for LVN schools. My coworker (with no BSN) did that and it was good side money, I'd say more so than CNA teaching. Also look into clinical teaching for ADN programs. Great pay, but unfortunately, it's more of a 2nd job in terms of minimal hours unless you land a full time faculty job (which would probably require an MSN). Can also look into case management and home health. My coworker loves home health because there's always potential to make more money, simply pick up more patients. You also kind of do it on your own time/self schedule to some extent. There's also hospice if you have the mind to get into that. Look into outpatient clinics. I have a few friends that work in GI outpatient clinics. Money is not as good as the hospital, but it's easy money. Dialysis works as well. There is always a need for dialysis nurses. If you love teaching, why not go back to school for your MSN instead of going for some random BA/BS? It would be perfect transition and the pay I would assume would be pretty well for ADN or even BSN schools.
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    Male RN's with Long hair - Job Interviews

    Had shaved sides and long hair at the top, rolled with a man bun the last 2 years (finally cut it and donated my hair about 2 months ago). Just keep it clean, hopefully you don't have a lot of "fly aways" and do visit the barber to get it trimmed here and there (sides, bottom, top, etc). I'd ask your friends and colleagues about how you look professionally before an interview. My hair down or in a "tail" looked ridiculous and unprofessional, but when I had it slick back in a man-bun, it was definitely more "clean" and professional from others' standpoints. I personally think in general, man-buns look more appealing on most guys regardless of hair type. So you may want to give it a try if you haven't already. There are PLENTY of ways to style long hair. I did have 1 interview when I had my bun and didn't really have any issues (I would've gotten the job if it wasn't for my director, but that's a story for another time :() I do and do not miss my long hair. Some day I will grow a full head of hair instead of just the top/shaved sides.
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    Littmann lightweight vs MDF

    I'd recommend getting a cheap one from the store or off Amazon. Things get "misplaced" during clinicals and it would suck to lose a pricey stethscope. There have been plenty of times where I've had fellow coworkers and MD's that borrowed my stethoscope in the promise of a return. Day goes by, I forget and don't think about it until I'm getting ready for my next shift. Funny thing is, my stethoscope always somehow gets back to me even to this day. As long as you can hear lung sounds and heart sounds, you'll good to go and any stethscope should do. Reward yourself with a quality, pricey one when you graduate, at least that's what my best friend did for me
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    What do you guys do to de-stress?

    Honestly, not being at work itself is already de-stressing me haha. But to be more specific, playing video games and pumping iron definitely de-stresses me. Livin that single bachelor life...makes me sad sometimes though... *patiently waiting for the perfect gurl to walk into my life *
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    Friends who aren’t in the medical profession

    Most of my friends and closest friends are nurses and coworkers. My non-nursing friends are primarily the ones I still keep in touch with from high school so I don't really have a hard time talking to them since we've known each other for so many years. It does become a little difficult when I meet new people a friend's party that are not in the medical profession. It's hard to make small talk since nursing/medical is all I know and what I talk about on a daily basis especially with my regular friends even outside work. I find it most difficult to talk to non-medical female peers I just met aside from just telling them I'm a nurse. Honestly, not really much to talk about unless SHE inquires about medicine/nursing.
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    Scared RN 😱

    Great post and answers! I start my MSN-FNP program end of this month down here in Southern California. I've already got my main general practitioner preceptor set for the next 2 years. I'm very hopeful as she is my actual PCP and I've experienced how great of a PCP she is coming from a patient perspective and glad she's taking me under her wing. Honestly, the biggest part of NP school that I'm very anxious/apprehensive and not looking forward to is OBGYN. Mainly because I'm a dude. Yes, I've done multiple foleys on females, I've done plenty of bed baths and pericare (and still do), but it's not necessarily the same as seeing someone at an appointment in a clinic. Just thinking about it is making me nervous .
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    Finding preceptorship in northern CA

    Have you tried asking your PCP? When I was doing the necessary physical exam paperwork for NP earlier this past month I asked my PCP if she'd be open to being my preceptor and she didn't mind (I've actually seen her in the past years have student NP's and PA's from the exact school I'm going to so I kind of figured she'd say yes). I'm one of the few lucky ones to get mine so quickly and she said she'd stay with me the whole 2 years. You may also want to consider asking friends and family about their PCP. I don't think any NP school "provide" preceptors because the hours vary depending on your personal schedule as well as the clinic (for ex there is no guarantee that you will always be at clinic every Tuesday). But I would imagine they should provide recommendations. You should see if you can get in touch with any alumni and ask them about their preceptors. I'm in SoCal and during orientation last week one of the instructors did mention to us that if anyone is located in Northern Cali that students have had difficult times finding preceptors because of the location and most end up driving 1hr+ to find a clinic.
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    Figs scrubs

    I have like 4 pairs. Almost everyone on my unit, RN, UC, CNA, (persons of all shapes and sizes) etc have at least one pair. Most units in my hospital have at least a few staff members with them. Haven't had any problems with them nor with my colleagues. Love the joggers though. Guess it's personal preference then. Good thing there are free returns.