The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In!

Hi All!

I'm a crazy father of 2 ex-premed who just recently turned down Northwestern to go into a RN program.

I already have an Associate in Science, but I'll be getting another ADN and then go to a 4 yr school.

When I went to an info session about the RN program ill be trying to get into, out of like 70 ppl only 5 were guys.

So I want to know are there any men out there?

First I worked in restaurants....... then for a telecom..... then I drove big 18 wheelers.... then insurance... now I've finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.
Heh.

I'm a 27 y/o male, who just finished his first week of class working towards an ADN. One week down, about three more years to go. yippie!!!!

-j

Oooo i like big 18 wheelers, wouldn't be able to handle one though!!! think i'll jus stick with my mazda 323!!!!!!! and with nursing!!! did work as an I.T. tech for a while!

35 year old in the bay area. We have a class of 22 students, and there are 5 dudes including myself in it. We have enough to start a fight club!

anatomy was so much fun. oh and you do use it during your core nursing classes. just fyi. lab was awesome. we had fetal pigs and then lamp eyes, brains, and hearts.

anyways, hey do any of your schools use cadavers (spelling?)???

i have my first midterm tomorrow in OB. YIKES!!!
Good luck all in studys and clinicals

arial143

Lil bit late,
but better late then never i 'spose, - :hatparty: GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!:hatparty:

What's up fellas!! I'm a junior in a bsn program. I have four semesters to go and can't wait to be done. A lot of my friends who graduated already says the junior is the toughest in a bsn program so I'm a little worried. My class has about 103 people in it. We have maybe 40 guys. Goodluck to u all who are just beginning a Nsg program or who's taking prereqs.

Ive learned more about women from the female students than I ever did with my ex-girlfriends. I have a little crush on one of them.. but she's kinda old for me. oh well, gotta get back to priorities... STUDYING!
Hey age isn't everything! if yu like her go for it!!!!!! (he he, thats one of the advantages of being a male nurse.:blushkiss.....) :roll

Hello all...
I will be starting clinicals in sept. any advice anyone can offer would be great.

Hey,
I'm a "fe-MALE" :chuckle student nurse starting a BSN program in the fall...
Just wanted to welcome you guys!
Our clas is about 80 with 5 guys...
Welcome again and the "girls" will be joining the "guy club" whether you like it or not...:roll
Hi! nice to see we're gettin such a good reception from the lady's!!!!

What's up fellas!! I'm a junior in a bsn program. I have four semesters to go and can't wait to be done. A lot of my friends who graduated already says the junior is the toughest in a bsn program so I'm a little worried. My class has about 103 people in it. We have maybe 40 guys. Goodluck to u all who are just beginning a Nsg program or who's taking prereqs.
That's a LOT of guys! Close to 40%, eh? We have 5 out of 40.

Wow! Lots of computer people changing over to nursing!

(okay, so I'm not a guy! I just couldn't resist reading the thread, though!)

Yea it's actually interesting how many of us have come from a computer background! i'm gonna start a lil poll, if yu changed from a computer background, Why did yu?
For me it was beacause i wanted something extra from a job! and i've always wanted to go into the healthcare profession, so idecided it was time to go for it!!!! how bout yu guys?

It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! It's Raining Men! Hallelu.......OH...sorry guys! Just glad to see you on board and going into nursing! HOO- YAH! Love me some male nurses! Yummy! :hatparty:
Like to see someone's happy to see us!!!!! thanks for the encouragement!!!

I need a review for oncology lvn test can anyone help me out??

I fully anticipate to be called on often for "guy" things like that.

edit>> Looks like we've been noticed.

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3. MALE NURSING STUDENTS ? ?THE GUYS CLUB?

Several male nursing students on the thehealthscience.com Bulletin Board have
started their own group where they can share their stories as a
minority
in their programs. They come from all walks of life and you may find
their stories as to what brought them into nursing interesting. Or you
may be a male nursing student wishing to participate.

Visit: thehealthscience.com/t41581.html

Hehe! nice to see we've been spotted!!!!!!

Hey all-34, career changer. I start in the Masters Entry to Nursing at DePaul University in January. Excited and scared all at once. Getting married next fall and got a whole lot on the plate. But seriously can't wait!

it doesn't mean that u always post here, you can give any comments that you like.... be professional enough to accept that members here have different opinions, different backgrounds and different nationalities... if you think that other people's compliments are crazy then i think its better for you to shut up and let other say what they wanted to say....this post is created solely for that purpose...and even you cannot have the right to give sarcastic comments specially on other people's compliments.

i can imagine how agent blahblahblah discriminizes asians in the hospital. well buddy, to tell you honestly your very offending, and somebody should tell you that PROFESSIONALLY! Not all asians are stupid as you think they are.....!

Hey listen, if yu want to be a nurse then yu can't be that bloody sensitive or i'm tellin yu yu won't last very long in the profession. the amount of crap that yu have to take from people and patients alike would make yu change career directions if yu didn't let it all way over yur head!!!!! yu are really gonna have pull in yur horns and relax!

I need a review for oncology lvn test can anyone help me out??
Try the oncology forum under the specialty tab

Danny,
That's great. What stage of the nursing program are you in now?
Tony,
This is my first semester in the MSN Entry Program. The first half of the program is accelerated format. The second half is the master's portion. It's a 3-year program, but we will get our RN license after a year and a half. We've started our clinical last month. So far I really like it. However, we have so much work to do this semester. I just can't wait for the semester to be over so I can breathe. My next semester starts on January 3rd. We also have a full semester length summer school.

I'm a nurse already but can I join??

My suggestion - if you have a semester before you begin - take pharmacology and pathophysiology and get them out of the way while you have time. If you take these in advance then when your BSN program begins, you will be able to focus on your clinical, your labs, your health assessment, your nursing skills, and on mental health or whatever your main nursing theory class is. Actually at my school, they will not let you into the accelerated BSN program unless you have already done these.

Patho is a tough class with text books that are dense (our school uses the McCance & Huether "Pathophysiology" text) and concept mapping that is a pain in the gluteus maximus. If you can't find a class for these locally then you can take patho and pharm online from places such as http://www.canyoncollege.edu/, https://courses.pnhs.purdue.edu/, or http://www.learn.maine.edu/.

If you don't want to do a class in advance online then let me point out the "Made Incredibly Easy" books. You can make your patho class much less painlful to ease into if you buy and read "Fluids and Electrolytes Made Incredibly Easy" and "Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy" - although read the F&E first.

You can make the pharmacology / nursing connection more readily if you buy and read "Nursing Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy." (Nb. Do not buy the "Clinical Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy" - this is a subset of the Nursing Pharm Made Incredibly Easy and it lacks all the nursing diagnoses. It is the nursing diagnoses in this book that make it gold when it comes to doing assignments in Pharm).

Also, there is an idiotic Nursing Entrance Exam they are making people take now. This test is truly annoying. You have to do 10 questions on long division, 10 on multiplication, 10 on fractions, 10 on decimal points, 10 on percentages, ten on simple algebra and I think ratios might have been there too. Apart from that it is just psych questions and a speed reading test. A good book for reviewing what will be in this test is "Calculate with Confidence" by Deborah Morris - the first five or six chapters. This is a text written for the dosage calculation class that you'll have to take during your first or second semester. It is not a test review book - but the first six chapters will give you all you need to know for the test I think (except for the algebra). Unless the test has changed!

Good luck. The accelerated programs are demanding. Very doable if you have your life organized.

NurseMac

NurseMac,
Thanks for your helpful message--I just read it--for some reason, the website didn't notify me that you had responded to my message. I guess I can't rely on being notified and have to check back in each forum I'm interested instead of just scanning topic titles (FYI, I was going to also send this to you directly, but your profile indicates that you prefer no direct e-mail)...Anyway, the Accelerated BSN in NY would take just 15 months from start to finish and allow me to immediately start working under a temp permit as I await the RN-Exam results...Accelerated Msn would take significantly longer--at least 30 months...also, if I get the BSN now, I can always pursue the MSN at night while working as an RN AND THEN be eligible to have my employer pay the tuition...Columbia (and NYU, I believe) have accelerated Masters in NYC but they are very expensive and apparently, nursing is UNlike law in that the pedigree of the school is not such a factor in obtaining jobs/promotions...Thanks for the tips re: taking some courses before the program starts---the school had mentioned that this was a possibility in at least one course, but I will check out all the subjects you mentioned...Just got my application in this week--very early--as I'd like to find out if I'm accepted so I can plan accordingly, e.g., apply elsewhere if need be...otherwise, start taking an early course or more...Thanks again and sorry I just saw your messages.

20 year old BSN student here. Finish this sem and I got three more to go.

LOL.......You guys on this group are hilarious, see now I missed my Microbiology class reading some of your responses. But I am darn happy right now that there are male nurses and nursing students out there who can relate with me. My usual class start with the discussion of the lastest fashion of loui vaton or nail design by tammy taylor. But i can't complain, my social life has improved by 100% and I am learning more on how to handle woman. All of this while learning the Fundermentals of the Nursing Science. I would like to make a request out there to encourage you males to come and study Nursing at the College of the Bahamas, which campus can beat a veiw like ours? On top of it, you are getting THE BEST NURSING EDUCATION AROUND! (No diss to all of you attending other schools), but you know how it is....gotta big up ya crew!!!. Anyway i think i have wrote enough, keep up the good work guys and remain encouraged and focused, deciding to venture into Nursing will be the best decision you have made in your entire life! I'M OUT!

Hey, i'm a guy here, 21, sophomore in Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus ohio!

Hi all,
I'm new here also. I will be starting LPN school in Sept. I have been out of school for 7 yrs. I wanted to go the Accelerated BSN route but don't have the pre-req's. I have a BS in Business, so the transition without pre-req's makes me nervous, so please pray for me. I intend to do RN bridge upon completion & press on to MSN. God bless.

I'm shifting fields because I don't have the funds or the interest to stay in stride with the tech sector (certs. etc.). Also because it's not a viable enough career field.. I can't stand worrying about my job and it will be outsourced/illiminated.

Nursing looks like it'll prove to be far more satisfying to me, with a more meaningful sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

I also like the idea, that if I want to move to where ever, I can take my job with me.

-j

Yea it's actually interesting how many of us have come from a computer background! i'm gonna start a lil poll, if yu changed from a computer background, Why did yu?
For me it was beacause i wanted something extra from a job! and i've always wanted to go into the healthcare profession, so idecided it was time to go for it!!!! how bout yu guys?

I /wish/ I was doing my prehealth in ireland.. heh

-j

hey heres another male!!!! i'm doing a pre nursing here in ireland, small group, only 6 but i'm the only guy! yu can have a bit of fun with the women though!!! still nice to see a few males on the site! i was feeling knida intimidated!!!!

thats what our CI said... many are called but few are chosen..

meaning your one of that FEW...

I grad in 7 days/ or 21 hours from San Antonio college ADN

Our Class is 140 and about 20 are men.

I am an 6yr LVN and see about a 10-15% male staff in our hospital. Most of the male employees are in ancillary services RT PT Tech patho ect....with lots of them taking advantage of our hospital program to pay for RN education in exhange for 3 years service.

I love the science. If you know your patho and your pharm then you will always know what to do..just think it out...fast....its like race car driving ...takes skill and thinking fast.....

I love it.....even after 6 yrs.

I think some of the ladies just whine too much about having to work hard under difficult conditions.... guys thrive in this setting....sorta like a war zone....or football....or team volleyball

aint all yall girls doing that but you know the ones i talking about....sheesh you'd think some of these girls were thinking this was a TV show or something.

nursing is high tech hardwork for really smart people with real lives in the balance....

hey everyone...new here, I've got one more semester left to graduate from nursing school. Great forum here

Don't be so narrow minded, they don't just talk about hair and nails, they talk about shopping too.

Paul.

hey

I'm 18 and Im starting the NEPS program in a few weeks (Nursing Education program of Saskatchewan)

I'm taking 4 year course, then working in the ER or as a Perioperative RN for a few years, then I plan to continue my education with a little experience behind me and become a Nurse Practitioner

I'm glad to see so many guys on this board. I am totally FREAKED out that I will be alone in my nursing classes (we have 250 seats, only 12 are guys) and I don't want to sit by myself everyday because I don't want to talk about hair or nails.

Hopefully I'll meet some girls who watch CFL lol. I'm sure there are going to be plenty of people in the my classes that I'll get along with.

Good luck to everyone.

Im a guy also, I work as a Nurse Practitioner. From Indianapolis Indiana

Hey Guys,

Glad to see this thread here. I am a first year Nursing student, formerly an HCA, a ratio of 8 to 90 doing diploma Nursing training at uni.

Do all you guys get the following situations happening.

*** slapping by female Healthcare professionals?

References to 'you've got a big strong man washing you today, doris/ethel/winifred, aren't you lucky!

A dangerous feeling of dread and forboding at certain times of the month in wards.

Will buy you all a beer at some point.

Paul.

Hi Guys,
I just got my license from NY and applied many Hospitals but it is now one weeks and I did not hear from any Hospital, how long should I wait for new job. I like to work in ER/ICU and I do not know, if some one want to hire new graduate in this department. Any advise for.
thanks

i wonder if it lets you say arse?

I googles a pic of your hair polaris... I suggest you listen to the girls...and let them take you shopping.
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Im a guy also, I work as a Nurse Practitioner. From Indianapolis Indiana
How do you like being a practitioner? What setting? I am thinking about doing that as my specialty.

I'm glad to see someone around my age...I'm 53 and will be done in May will take the test for my RN. It was something I wanted to do many years ago, but because of raising a family, good job, ect. it was always on the back burner! I have no regrets with the change of career.

I'm a 57 year old father of an 18 year old son in college. I'm in an ADN as career change. Was an Army medic too many years ago!

Hi Guys,
I just got my license from NY and applied many Hospitals but it is now one weeks and I did not hear from any Hospital, how long should I wait for new job. I like to work in ER/ICU and I do not know, if some one want to hire new graduate in this department. Any advise for.
thanks

Give it a few more weeks..... If you have any more questions, start a new thread in the appropriate forum... you'll get more responses. Welcome to thehealthscience!!

;>P

I'm glad to see someone around my age...I'm 53 and will be done in May will take the test for my RN. It was something I wanted to do many years ago, but because of raising a family, good job, ect. it was always on the back burner! I have no regrets with the change of career.
I wonder how many former military medics/corpsman there are who go on for their RN. I was Army from 66 to 71. I was VERY hesitant about going back to school (would the old grey matter work as well?), but found that I did better on my prereqs than I had done back in the 60s. I guess maturity counts for something besides a 10% discount on the earlybird special I start my clinical rotations in January; can't wait! Good luck on your exam.
Howard

Don't be so narrow minded, they don't just talk about hair and nails, they talk about shopping too.

Paul.

Hehe! and don't forget shoes!!! oh and wha b%$+%!&s men can be!!!! ah only kiddin girls, it woouldn't be da same without ya's!!!!

I just registered on the website and this is my first post. It's awesome there's a "guys club" here haha. I'm a nursing student in Edmonton, Alberta, in my last year wooooottt.

I was the only guy at my hospital RN class orientation!

I'm currently finishing the 2nd of 5 semesters in a BSN Program. Yeah, there's like 84 students, about 8 guys and of those 8, 6 straight (including me). All I can say is "Giggidy Giggidy GOO!!!"

Hello, just thought I'd say whats up to the rest of men in this forum (and I guess the women too, ), nah haha. Hopefully will start at the Univ. of Hawaii next year...

I'm only on page 45 of this thread, but I thought I'd chime in before I keeled over from exhaustion...

I'm a 24yo guy, failed pre-med who's spent the past two years working as a research lab tech. I just got into DePaul's Graduate-Entry Master's program, and my plan is to eventually become an NP.

Nicemood,

If you can do it than your stronger than most. I would advise that you only take easy electives, if any, during nursing school. Some are corequisite meaning that you have to have it done before Nursing 1,2,3, or 4 or you must take it while taking Nursing. If you don't or you fail and it is a prerequisite for another corequsite than you can't take the next nursing course until next year, after you complete the prereqs/coreqs. I'm a natural in science but there is only so much information you brain can take in especially in A & P and chemistry where the material is a mile deep and a couple miles long. I would try to complete A & P II and chem over the summer. Everyone I know who has taken Micro, A & P, or Chem while taking nursing have either outright failed or passed by the very skin of their teeth. You need all the time possible to dedicate to nursing school. The 1st semester is the hardest because you truly have no idea what is headed your way and you don't want the commitment of another class to breathe down the back of your neck while nursing school had you pinned up against a wall. Think of nursing as taking A & P I, II, Chem, English, and Psych all at the same time. It is no joke it truly is that challenging and it will be a struggle. Best of luck and kill your prereqs (which are some pretty dire ones to have left) over the summer. Trust me when I say you will thank me after two months of nursing school and your ready to lose it...even with no job.

hmmm i guess i the baby in the guy's club. i'm trying to get into a BSN program and i'm still 18. fresh outta high school baby!!

On page 95 now...

Forgot to mention that my original degree from two years ago is a BS in Molecular and Cell biology. So, for all those taking prereqs who need help telling an actin filament from the golgi apparatus from an indel, I'm your guy.

Hey yall. 28 yr old here going for BSN. I'm finishing my Junior yr at a 3 year clinical college in Atlanta, GA. ALso one of the few in my class. 6 out of 136.
The odds are great but I've been with the same females for 2 years now...I can't wait to get done and find fresh faces. No one loves women like I love women....
I absolutely love the 20:1 ratio female:male that I've experienced in my pre-requs. Always makes it a bit easier to get motivated to attend class!

sup fellas

male, aussie NP

hmmm i guess i the baby in the guy's club. i'm trying to get into a BSN program and i'm still 18. fresh outta high school baby!!
Dude, that's freakin' awesome! Keep at it man. I know how hard it can be to get into some schools and all that stuff, but it'll be very much worth it once you get in there and start reaching some goals.

I spent 10 years working in a steel mill before I joined the Army and got my LVN. I love being in the Army and being a Medic/Nurse here, but I wish I would've done it much sooner. I'm more than 10 years your senior and not yet ready to get into a BSN program. Better to get that education young and get going as soon as you can.

I wish you well man good luck!

It's really nice to see so many guys that are into Nursing! One of the most exciting thing's about this profession is that there are endless opportunities!! I'm a 24 year professional dancer with a BFA in dance and am looking forward to becoming an ARNP and or CRNA!

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