My Experience as a Mature Male Nursing Student

My Experience as a Mature Male Nursing Student

I recently completed my second year of nursing studies at GPRC and the journey has been filled with learning opportunities, hands-on experiences in different clinical settings (including long-term care, public health and maternity and pediatrics), stresses and times where I questioned myself, “why am I doing this?”

Being a student in my 40’s with the majority of classmates who are half of my age makes me think sometimes, “is this the right place for me?” I remember one of our instructors last year mentioned that when you reach over 35 years of age, 100,000 brain cells die every day; no wonder sometimes I feel nothing is going into my brain. 😊

GPRC male nursing student Ram Neupane in one of his classes.

Being a male nursing student where nursing is still considered as a female-dominated profession, my experience has been wonderful so far with very little not-so-wonderful moments. When I was in a long-term care clinical setting, patients and staff at the facility were happy to see a male nursing student as some of the patients needed physically demanding care. Whereas in my maternity clinical settings, many female patients were not comfortable with a male nurse. There are some moments where I missed some learning opportunities in the maternity clinical setting just because I am a male student. It is very interesting because many of the same patients would not be uncomfortable if the doctor was a male. I hope the stigma behind male nurses changes over time because, at the end of the day, nurses are here to help, no matter their gender. I am excited to be a part of that change and to be a male nurse. Even with these challenges, I know that I have chosen the right career path for me!

Submitted by GPRC Nursing student and Student Ambassador, Ram Neupane. 

GPRC Nursing Staff Head Down Under in Faculty Exchange with Holmesglen Institute

GPRC Nursing Staff Head Down Under in Faculty Exchange with Holmesglen Institute

GPRC Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott were selected to head down under for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

Teresa Evans (left) and Sheila Elliott (right) before heading to Australia for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

With the expected completion of Grande Prairie’s new regional health and education centre in 2019, GPRC is building a partnership with Holmesglen Institute to share opportunities for research and education that comes from both having hospitals on college-owned land.

Evans and Elliott are both looking forward to the adventure ahead of them and say they will be even more excited once the “15 hour flight from Vancouver” is behind them.

GPRC’s favourite wolf and mascot Farley is also tagging along for the ride.

Make sure you check back and watch The Ambassador Blog for updates on their trip.

Check out the full news release on our GPRC website here.