Some words of experience from men and women who are working nurses in a variety of settings, with myriad skills, perspectives, and levels of education. Thank you to all of the nurses who have been so forthcoming in sharing their views and experiences !
Be ready to eat, breathe & live for nursing school; even when you are on break. You really need to have a great support system. Your friends and family will have to realize that you won’t be around much because you are studying, preparing for clinicals, etc.
Don’t let all the madness of constantly having your head in the books get to you. Keep yourself focused because this is what you want and the road to get there is not easy. ~Jasmine
Realize that most places are requiring a BSN to get through the door. Also new grads tend to have a harder time finding a place to start as most hospitals do not want to put any money into training new nurses, i.e. using requirements that say 2 -3 years of recent acute care experience. The “recent” part of that means within the last year so, even nurses who have experience but were not working for over a year may tend to have difficulties as well. While it does not happen everywhere, you may run into nurses who still believe that males should not be in nursing. There are also patients who do not like male nurses, think labor and delivery. That being said I have had male patients who really wanted to have a male nurse because they were somewhat embarrassed to discuss some things with female nurses. Watch how much debt you build up just in case it takes a while to get a nursing job, very few creditors have much, if any, sympathy. ~Edward
Congratulations, you have to stay focus, and committed. Some older nurses will try to discourage you, but if this is what you truly want then go for it. There are some many opportunities once you get over the honeymoon period the sky is the limit. I enjoyed nursing so much that I opened a nursing school and it is wonderful to see my students as colleagues. Good luck ~Mabel