About Health Scheibmeir
Heath Scheibmeir is a senior BSN student at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Scheibmeir is currently a Kansas licensed certified nurse's aide. In addition to attending the KU School of Nursing, he works as a senior nursing associate at KU Med, the University of Kansas Medical Center hospital, and at a local assisted living facility as a certified nurse's aide.
How did you decide to go into nursing?
I was researching a career change and have always been stimulated by health sciences. Health care fields are static, in that they will always be needed, and dynamic due to the constant evolutions in providing patient care. As I researched more I found the need both immediate and future to be quite great, in addition to numerous opportunities and settings in which to practice. I also like that there are advanced practice nursing degrees that provide even more autonomy and specialization. Taken together, these several factors clenched my decision to pursue nursing.
How did you discover your talent for it?
My grades and aptitudes toward science courses, plus working as a Certified Nurse's Aide and developing bedside manner revealed my skills for nursing.
Have you encountered any special challenges being a male in what has been in modern history a predominantly female career path?
None at all. I have seen, however, that public attitudes toward men in nursing are beginning to accommodate and accept the situation and stereotypes are disintegrating.
Do you think the continuing nursing shortage will make it more appealing for men to enter the nursing field?
I personally believe it will, especially when combined with the concurrent shortage of advanced practice nurses as well.
Education & Career
How difficult have you found your study curriculum?
It's demanding of one's time both in clinical and didactic aspects. Nursing curricula employ a lot of theory aimed at making a person a good critical thinker, and I have found it tough at times to not always be dealing with material that is cut and dried, black and white.
What have been your most challenging moments?
For me personally, it has been balancing a demanding school workload with a wife and home.
Do you feel you entered into the program with enough preparation out of high school?
Yes, but I wish I had taken more science classes in college.
What do you enjoy most about your studies, your career?
I love my teachers!!! I get the genuine sense that they want me to succeed, that they're not there to see who they can "weed out" of the program. I have found them very accommodating to my concerns and private requests throughout my time as a student.
How have you defined career success for yourself?
Success in this regard aims at having a career with which I can single-handedly provide for the needs of my family. I'm trying my hardest in this undergraduate portion of my nurse's training so that I can make myself eligible for Master's programs that will help me achieve that goal.
What have been your personal key(s) to success in nursing?
Putting in the time to study and genuinely learn the material rather than just cramming enough to make the grade on tests. Also, having a wife that's been a nurse now for almost 6 years as a study partner-gotta love that one.
What do you think employers will look for when considering hiring someone?
People skills, leadership ability, a strong work ethic, a sense of responsibility/accountability and dependability, and the ability to work well as a team player.
How is the job market right now?
Seems fantastic. I feel I couldn't have chosen a better time to pursue nursing. Jobs everywhere with lots of incentives to come hire on, such as relocation expenses, sign-on bonuses, and tuition reimbursement.
Do you feel your education is preparing you for what you will encounter on the job?
I really do. My clinical experiences have been great preparation, and I have used much of the knowledge gained in my current job as an aide at the hospital (KU Medical Center).
What would you do differently if you could start over?
I'd have pursued nursing straight out of high school.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In a hospital operating room working as a nurse anesthetist. Not sure of the location, but the demand is so high everywhere that I could probably pick my place.
Why choose nurse anesthetist?
Very stimulating to me, lots of job security and opportunities, and good pay.
Do you plan to have a family?
Married already, and baby #1 is on the way.
How do you think this will affect your nursing career?
Having the nursing career I eventually hope to have will be the vehicle to supporting my family in its entirety. I don't foresee nursing ever getting in the way of family life too much, especially since most nurses in most settings never even work 40 hours per week.
Is there anything else you can tell us about yourself, your career, or the profession that would be interesting or helpful to others aspiring to become a nurses?
Just that I have another degree-in music education. So it is possible for a person to come from whatever field they may and make a nursing career happen, it just takes vision and determination.