I'm terribly sorry that I haven't been posting posts of substance as much lately, and more importantly I've done a pretty lousy job of keeping up with every one's blogs and comments. For the last two exhausting days I've been at orientation for nursing school.
In my pre-nursing classes my estimate of male penetration (hehe, no pun intended,) into the female population was roughly 20%--well above the national average of male nurses which is about 10%. I figured my actual class would be close to the same, but that is not the case. Our class has 110 students, 13 of which are male. I am acutely aware that I'm entering a female dominated profession, and I thought I had prepared myself for that fact.
Yesterday and today was an eye-opening experience.
Never before have I been so adrift in the 'estrogen ocean'. I'm guessing the level of estrogen expression was directly tied to the general anxiety level, but there were several times during the day that I was left just shaking my head... It's very ridiculous in many ways. Because I sport a pair of testicles and a little dangly penis I have to have my assessment lab assignment approved. You see, even though I will be expected to assess female patients with professionalism and without deference, I am not allowed to assess my female classmates. So, the first time in nursing school that I listen for the PMI in the left 5th intercostal space at the midclavicular line and have to wrangle me some sensitive breast tissue, you guessed it, it will be on a real live patient. Yeesh. We're all adults for goodness sake.
In other news we got our clinical assignments. Mine is at a brand new hospital that's literally down the street from our house. Finally, listening to all those ambulances scream by in the night pays off. My schedule is as follows:
1-4 Health Promotion
2-5 Assessment Lab
7-4 Clinical/Foundations Lab alternates weeks.
When my wife comes off maternity leave she'll return to work Thursday-Saturday nights, so I'll be on daddy-duty those nights, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday days while she sleeps. So for now, everything seems to fit nicely.
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