Tse said he also went into nursing because there are far fewer nursing students than pre-medical students, so he can get more on-the-job experience and really figure out whether the medical field is for him.
“A lot of people I know in pre-med don’t really have it in them to really want to help people – they just want to do it for the money,” Tse said. “With nursing, I’m getting the experience and, having been in the program for three years, I already consider myself a nurse.”
It might sound like a dream scenario for a guy to be in classes where he is overwhelmingly outnumbered by females, but this overflow of estrogen can often be a struggle.
“My sophomore year, I was talking with a whole bunch of girls [in the nursing program] and they were talking about the guys they dated over the weekend,” he said. “It’s definitely not a frustration or anger, but it is depressing at times because sometimes you just need some guys to talk to about girls, or to watch sports.
” Working in a hospital where patients have become so accustomed to female nurses, there are times when being a male nurse can bring awkward moments.
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We did our labor and delivery in paternal health, those were areas where it was definitely awkward being a male; you’re dealing with female privates and the actual act of giving birth,” Jablonski said. “There were times when I was asked to leave for either personal or religious reasons, but I don’t let it bother me too much.”
But Jablonksi has also had times when being a male came as an advantage. He once took care of a male construction worker who had injured his leg and was embarrassed being around female nurses. Jablonski helped him through rehab and helped him recover not only physically, but mentally.
” Despite having to wear the purple scrubs and being asked to leave a room because of their gender, Jablonski and Tse both said being a nursing major is incredibly rewarding. “I have a patient’s life in my hands; seeing them go from such dark times to walking away three days later – those are memorable moments,” Tse said. “Just knowing that you can change a life – give someone a second opportunity at life – I would say it’s one of the best feelings in the world.(source)