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I am of the male species, and was wondering how the male population does in the nursing field? Right now I am currently looking for programs in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. Are guys accepted with open arms, or do they get the cold shoulder? Does it help if thier cute??!!!.

Part 2 of this inquiry. I think I might have Adult ADD, because its really hard for me to focus on anything unless I am doing 10 things at once, and if I am only doing 1 thing or just sitting around, I am always figgiting. My mind is always going 700 MPH, and I dont want to lose focus if I do find a school to go to. I took some of those online tests, and they say its possible I have ADD.

So I was wondering if the medications they prescribe actually work, and if they actually help you keep focus.

I am going to post these questions in the RN and LVN forums go get the most feeedback I can get. They way I will probally pull all this off, is to do an LVN program, then do the transfer classes to get my RN license. I can really afford to take 2 years and go to classes full time and just do the RN.

Thanks alot in advanced.

Roozeyk

Specializes in ER, OB/GYN, Womens Health. Has 29 years experience.

I am of the male species, and was wondering how the male population does in the nursing field? Right now I am currently looking for programs in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. Are guys accepted with open arms, or do they get the cold shoulder? Does it help if thier cute??!!!.

Part 2 of this inquiry. I think I might have Adult ADD, because its really hard for me to focus on anything unless I am doing 10 things at once, and if I am only doing 1 thing or just sitting around, I am always figgiting. My mind is always going 700 MPH, and I dont want to lose focus if I do find a school to go to. I took some of those online tests, and they say its possible I have ADD.

So I was wondering if the medications they prescribe actually work, and if they actually help you keep focus.

I am going to post these questions in the RN and LVN forums go get the most feeedback I can get. They way I will probally pull all this off, is to do an LVN program, then do the transfer classes to get my RN license. I can really afford to take 2 years and go to classes full time and just do the RN.

Thanks alot in advanced.

If you can afford to go to a 2 year program why in the world would you waste you time going to an LPN program only to turn around and apply for an RN program? I think guys are pretty much accepted in the nursing realm these days, and I've met some darn good male nurses. I'd get that ADD issue checked though. Good Luck

Oops...there was a typo...I meant that I cant afford to do 2 years for the RN. The LVN is 12 months,so that way I can work and make some money and do the bridge courses for the RN.

We need people in nursing, their gender is immaterial. Their species is preferably Sapiens Sapiens, of the Genus "Homo." Cuteness is too subjective a quality to give an accurate judgement...

We need people in nursing, their gender is immaterial. Their species is preferably Sapiens Sapiens, of the Genus "Homo." Cuteness is too subjective a quality to give an accurate judgement...

Don . . . . you are so funny. :)

steph

Roozeyk

Specializes in ER, OB/GYN, Womens Health. Has 29 years experience.

Oops...there was a typo...I meant that I cant afford to do 2 years for the RN. The LVN is 12 months,so that way I can work and make some money and do the bridge courses for the RN.

oh well, in that case.........I guess LPN would be one consideration. I know one guy that worked in ER and he was going to LPN school while simutaneously working on his prereqs for Excelsior RN program. I think he had been an EMT prior to nursing school.

I am of the male species, and was wondering how the male population does in the nursing field?

I think they do fine. DH is an RN, and he doesn't have any complaints.

Does it help if thier cute??!!!.

That remark seems a little insulting. If you're looking for a free or easy ride based on looks, look elsewhere. I think it's safe to say that we all worked hard to get our credentials, and that comment is a little demeaning, through my eyes anyway.

I think they do fine. DH is an RN, and he doesn't have any complaints.

That remark seems a little insulting. If you're looking for a free or easy ride based on looks, look elsewhere. I think it's safe to say that we all worked hard to get our credentials, and that comment is a little demeaning, through my eyes anyway.

NOOO...it was a joke!!!!

Sometimes a little sense of humor is good.....

People are way too serious these days.....If I was was trying to get a job with my looks...I would live in the un-employment line!

NOOO...it was a joke!!!!

Sometimes a little sense of humor is good.....

People are way too serious these days.....If I was was trying to get a job with my looks...I would live in the un-employment line!

Oh, ok! lol I wasn't sure if you were serious or not! lol DH says he isn't a hottie and if he can do it, anyone can! :chuckle

Whos DH??

I know I can do it, its just with my mind running out of control all the time is what bothers me. I have been in the medical field awhile, I did home healthcare for a while, and phlebotomy a while. While those positions are very limited with what you can do, I did extremely well in the short time i had to learn them.

You'll do fine...........Im just like you, and im doing ok......

I was working the unit, teaching class on the side (acls, cpr, and so forth), played softball, was on many performance teams at work, lifted weights 5 nights a week, and so forth.....

You'll do well in nursing........

nursemike, ASN, RN

Specializes in Rodeo Nursing (Neuro). Has 12 years experience.

In my locale, employment opportunities for LPN's aren't as good as for RN's--hospital jobs are harder to get, but LTC and clinics are available. 2yr RN has a way of becoming 3yr, so your plan has a lot to be said for it. Also sounds like LPN's get more hands on instruction.

Being male probably won't be much of an issue. Employers like us because we tend to palm off emergencies with the kids on wives/significant others and don't take maternity leave (usually). Co-workers may or may not like us (just like everybody else) but most appreciate the extra muscle for lifts, rowdy patients, etc. Also the occassional male pt. who prefers not to have a female do his Foley or whatever.

Good sense of humor never hurts, but you do have to be a little prudent. If you look like me, you can get away with describing yourself as cute, and sometimes even a little flirting. If you look like someone who means it, pretend you're in church. Best to keep it low-key until you know the climate.

Willingness to help do whatever needs to be done is always welcome, regardless of gender.

I'm beginning to get some of the shorthand, here. DH is "darling husband" who, hopefully, is not a designated hitter. SIL is "sister in law." It goes like that. Good luck.

begalli

Specializes in Critical Care/ICU.

i think i might have adult add, because its really hard for me to focus on anything unless i am doing 10 things at once, and if i am only doing 1 thing or just sitting around, i am always figgiting. my mind is always going 700 mph, and i dont want to lose focus if i do find a school to go to. i took some of those online tests, and they say its possible i have add.

if you believe that you may suffer from adult add, find a good doctor (psychiatrist) who specializes in add. unfortunately, they are few and far between, but it's getting better.

i have been going through this with my 26 year old daughter. i don't know how, but this kid managed to get through a master's degree in math and was starting to work on her phd when she just lost it. the doctors at first diagnosed her bipolar, but a friend who's a family and child psychotherapist that specializes in add suggested we get her checked out by an md that she knew. this friend always had a feeling that my daughter might suffer from add even as a young child, but she was very functional and it really didn't rear it's really ugly head until the last year.

this is still ongoing, she has not started any add meds and actually she's been on the spectrum of antidepressants over the last year. she just came off lexapro which was a horrid experience. nothing really helped with the anxiety and ocd like behaviors. right now, she's drug free and doing quite well in psychotherapy.

here is an excellent resource for adult add:

http://www.add.org/articles/index.html

good luck!

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

i am of the male species, and was wondering how the male population does in the nursing field? right now i am currently looking for programs in the dallas/ft.worth area. are guys accepted with open arms, or do they get the cold shoulder? does it help if thier cute??!!!.

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males are welcomed with open arms, but it helps if they're smart, mature and have common sense. nursing is not a field where you can get by on your alledged "cuteness" for very long. if this is your attitude, perhaps look in another field.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

i'm beginning to get some of the shorthand, here. dh is "darling husband" who, hopefully, is not a designated hitter. sil is "sister in law." it goes like that. good luck.

dh can be "dear hubby," "darling husband" or "dickhead" depending on my mood and his behavior. my dh is a nurse as well, and usually (but not always) he's not the last of the three.

:roll :nurse:

I think they do fine. DH is an RN, and he doesn't have any complaints. i feel there just as qualified as females no matter color, gender preferance. ive worked with them all. and the scubs they were wants you to have pemark seems a little insulting. If you're looking for a free or easy ride based on looks, look elsewhere. I think it's safe to say that we all worked hard to get our credentials, and that comment is a little demeaning, through my eyes anyway.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

You will do fine as a nurse and being a male good luck.

I would definately try to deal with the ADD, both medically, and holistically. Do you exercise, meditate, yoga? That kind of thing.

Nursing is funny. You must be focused, relaxed and not figiting. Plus you need the ability to sit through classes, and lots and lots of reading. On the other hand once you're out there on the floor, you often have to multi-task, and be able to handle interruptions.

While I know there are lots and lots of adult ADDers out there in nursing, it can be a hinderence if takes over you.

Good luck!

(Cuteness has gotten me very far in my life, particularly my cute butt. :))

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