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 Wolves Athletes of the Week: November 5, 2018

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: November 5, 2018

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Leah Friesen from the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team and Sophie Melin from our Wolves Women’s Basketball team as our current Athletes of the Week!

Leah Friesen

3rd Year, Licensed Practical Nurse 
Hometown: Beaverlodge, Alberta

Leah is a very dynamic athlete with a fiery spirit. She is seen in the league as a major offensive threat from the middle and recently recorded 8 and 10 kills per match respectively this past weekend when the Wolves took on the NAIT Ooks. Her all around skills of defense, serving consistency as well as dynamic closing to block make her a valuable asset on the court and to the team. Her leadership abilities are demonstrated both on and off the court with immense dedication to the weight-room and in her academics. Leah serves as a co-captain to the Wolves squad.

Well done, Leah!

Sophie Melin

1st Year, Open Studies 
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Sophie joins the GPRC Wolves in her first year all the way from Stockholm, Sweden. Sophie’s first season with the pack is off to an incredible start with her averaging 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She currently sits at 8th in the Conference for 3 point percentage at 41.9%. Sophie is a leader and co-captain of the team. She plays an integral role on our team and is a fantastic leader. She is seen around the league as a major threat to score a lot of points. Sophie’s dedication to her team, sport, and studies are evident in everything that she does.

Well done, Sophie!