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Men In Nursing

This is a group devoted to the altruistic and caring men out there who work in the art of nursing.

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Why do we seem to feel more pain in general than our older generations.

Started by lanny lucas. Last reply by Izzy Apr 24. 6 Replies

I have to start by saying I am an Emergency Room Rn, and I see the majority of the drug seekers and that ilk as I also work the night shift.  I have worked in the hospital for 11 years, and most of…Continue

Introduction

Started by Julie Grassi. Last reply by peter Griffingreenbordanve Dec 29, 2011. 1 Reply

This is an introductory post. I'm a female nurse, and during my forty year career have noticed the enormous change for the better that male nurses have made to the profession. My son is a nurse, as…Continue

First Step

Started by Brian Harper. Last reply by Brian Harper Oct 26, 2010. 2 Replies

Folks, I am not a nurse.  I am a merchant mariner.  I have a strong desire to help folks, and to be present when they are going through the greatest struggles of their lives.  I want to become a…Continue

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Comment by Tom Lawrence on February 7, 2012 at 9:25pm

A few points for The Earl of Essex:

1- Nursing is NOT a 'female' field any longer! The last statistic I heard quoted was that men comprised about 16% of nursing and that figure was growing.

2- You think 31is "old?"" I was 61 when I gave up  the retail field to return to school to become an LPN. Loved school and love nursing; my biggest regret is not making the jump years sooner.

3- Best advice I'd have is consider hospital work as first choice, then perhaps a doctor's office, and try to avoid nursing homes if you can. 

4 - Knowledge of diseases and drugs, etc., is important when you get to clinical work and finally to the State Board Exams, but the real keys are APPLICATION AND INTEGRATION of all that knowledge at the patient level.

Best wishes in your studies and in the profession.

Comment by The Earl of Essex on February 3, 2012 at 11:50am

Hey guys, not new to the website but very new to the community part.  Just wanted to say hi-  I currently work in the medical insurance field and at the old age of 31 :) I decided to finish my second degree and become a RN.    I am 3 classes away from starting the nursing components-  any advice for getting into this 'female' field

Comment by TrekkinDave on November 17, 2011 at 11:52pm

After a few years of debate and sitting on my hands waiting for the time to be right, I finally started my nurse training for my ASN.   I personally cant wait to get through it, and I am looking forward to  not only being out of EMS and off the street, but into a job with upward and lateral movement that will allow me to peruse my hobbies and have time with my new wife and future family.    Not to mention the almost 35k a year pay jump.   

I do have one question though, do any of my fellow community members know of any educational grants for men in nursing or nursing in general which I can apply for?   It would be a HUGE help if i could get some financial assistance.    Apparently, since I am doing a medic to RN bridge program that does not fall into "semester based" timing, I am in eligible for FAFSA.  

Comment by Justin Wollmann on January 7, 2011 at 11:20am
Hello Men. I recently acquired my CNA and am working towards my AUA. I am applying towards nursing school right now in hopes of becoming a certified nurse practitioner.
Comment by Tom Lawrence on December 3, 2010 at 1:16am
New to AoM, and glad I found a group such as this. I was in a business field for about 35 years, gave it up and went back to school and became an LPN at the age of 61. I LOVE IT ! Have considered going on for RN, but who would hire a newbie RN approaching 70? So I'm content with being caring and compassionate at my current level, and I'll work until my body tells me it's time to stop, which given my current health will probably be around 80 or later. My hat is off to ALL my fellow health care workers in any capacity.
Comment by Sean Alan Meyer on February 11, 2010 at 6:54pm
Greeting Matt,

Keep up the good work, it's all worth it!
Comment by Matt Wyatt on February 7, 2010 at 10:10pm
I got a degree in Exercise Science and Wellness and minored in Nutrition back in 97' I never found a job that payed more than $10 an hour. I left the field and started working in factories to make ends meet. My plant closed down in November and now the state is assisting me in going back to school. I chose Nursing! All I can say is wow! Tomorrow starts my second week and I didn't sleep more than 4 hours a night last week due to all the studying! That's just LPN! Next year Ill start my BSN. I already have my first two years for that. I would have went strait BSN but the state wouldn't help. I guess I should be studying now! Just wanted to drop in and introduce myself.
Comment by Stephen Larmer on February 6, 2010 at 11:08am
Hey Ed,
I started nursing in my early 30's and am now 50, and you are not the oldest newbie I have seen. It is kind of a mind set, but I think you will enjoy it. Just watch out, there are a few who are going to try to make things hard for you both because of your age and your gender, not many, but a few. BTW, I joined the Navy Reserve when I was 42, but I already had my BSN, they gave me a waiver becasue they needed folks in all of the medical fields. The big thing they do is inform you that you may not be able to stay in long enough to get retirement (20 years) but there are also waivers for that. If you are really interested talk to a recruiter, especially one who specializes in the medical side if possible. Good luck and please don't hesitate to ask any questions....Steve
Comment by Sean Alan Meyer on February 4, 2010 at 4:41pm
Hey Ed, I live in North Denver, Thornton to be specific. While you generally don't get the thrill of working a crash scene, you can still get the adrenaline rush by working the ER. I've always liked the critical thinking that comes from working in the ICU. Either way, with the nursing shortage and the changes they're trying to implement with healthcare reform, nurses will still be in demand. It's the only career I've ever had where employers wanted me and I could pretty much go anywhere and get a job. Let me know if I can do anything for you in the future.
Comment by Sean Alan Meyer on February 2, 2010 at 8:34am
Just popped in to say hi. I've been an ICU nurse for 8 years, and I am currently working on my Master's degree for Family Nurse Practitioner
 

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