Class 2016 – Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing
MIN NYC Featured Member - October 2016
John is the 2016 recipient of American Assembly for Men in Nursing’s Johnson & Johnson
Pre-Licensure Nursing Student Scholarship of $5,000
"First, I would like to thank AAMN and Johnson & Johnson for selecting me to be the recipient of the Pre-Licensure Nursing Student Scholarship. I am truly honored. Being part of MIN has been such a enriching experience over this past year, both in regards to my education and the camaraderie of other men in nursing.
Currently, I am finishing my final semester at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in the Accelerated Second-Degree program. Like many second degree students, I come from a very different background than medicine. I originally moved to NYC from Cincinnati in 1998 and studied musical theater acting. I then spent fifteen years touring and performing in regional theater, which gave me the opportunity to go to all of the contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and eight countries in Europe. Then, about three years ago, after being exhausted from the unpredictability of an arts career, I began to soul search about a new career path. Inspired by friends, family, and my desire to help a wide range of people, I chose nursing, and have been thrilled with the decision ever since.
Hunter's nursing program came highly recommended, so I enrolled there and completed two years of prerequisites that were vastly differed from the classes I studied while earning my BFA in Music Theater at The New School University. I am very grateful to have been accepted to the nursing program last year, and pleased to have been nominated as the class representative for my class of 27 diligent students. It has been a life-changing experience.
In 2016, I completed two internships, one at the private practice of Dr. Ricky Hsu, and the second as part of the Margaret Whitehorne Student Nurse Service program at Bellevue hospital. Currently, my long-term plan is to become a CRNA, and as a result I desire to gain experience in ICU, PACU, and OR. Fortunately, the incredibly helpful staff at Bellevue placed me in PACU for the summer program and then had me trail a CRNA into the OR for several of my shifts. This semester, I continue to volunteer at Bellevue part-time, and I also look forward to my school clinical placement in the MICU at Lenox Hill.
After graduation, I plan to search for work in an ICU department, but I am prepared to educate myself in Med-Surge or other departments first. My dream is to eventually attend Columbia University and partake in their CRNA program. However, I believe the future is a fluid pathway, and am eager to see how my new career path develops. Meanwhile, when I am not studying, I still enjoy attending the theater, museums, taking the occasional dance class, and spending as much time with my family and friends as possible."
What do you see as the legacy of men in nursing in the profession and the NYC Men in Nursing?
Despite a strong male role in the ancient history of nursing dating back as early as Hippocrates in ancient Greece, the legacy of modern nursing is generalized as a female-driven field inspired by Florence Nightingale since her role in the Crimean War in 1854. However, the legacy of men in the nursing, although a lesser known tale, is imperative to our profession. I am particularly inspired by Luther Christman, a founder of the National Male Nurse Association in 1974 which later became the AAMN in 1981. Christman, whose career started during WWII, overcame the female nurse stereotype to accomplish multiple landmark accomplishments for the nursing profession. In part of the essay I wrote for this scholarship, I focused on diversity as being among the greatest assets we bring as men in the nursing profession, and thus I reiterate a quote I used for that:
The diversity of a population, including nurses, “increases the plurality of ideas and options for behavior to which people are exposed, adding to the texture and complexity of the society’s human resources and potential for well-being and achievement as well as for tension and conflict.”
Craven, R. F., & Hirnle, C. J. (2013). Fundamentals of nursing: Human health and function