Differences between male ER nurses and Females?

  1. this should be an interesting thread! fire away! anything goes.
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  3. by   zenman
    Well, most are built differently! :chuckle
  4. by   TraumaInTheSlot
    YES CORRECT DIFFERENT PLUMBING! next?
  5. by   caroladybelle
    One has a penis and the other has a vagina.

    And if you do not know the difference, you will require a lot of remediation prior to starting Nursing School.
  6. by   gwenith
    Different DNA - er - mostly.................
  7. by   flashpoint
    OK...being serious here. We have one male RN in or ER and he tends to be a little more serious than the rest of us. He's a clean freak and he's more careful about infection control issues than a lot of the females are. Out of all of us, he's the best under pressure and he is physically the stongest. He's also great about picking up on very subtle changes in a patient's condition. I think a lot of out older patients respect him more because they think he is a doctor. I believe with all sincereity that he is the BEST nurse in the hospital...I would trust him with my life.

    I'm not saying that our female nurses are bad or anything. Many of them possess the same qualities that he does, just not to the level that he does. The only thing that he has simply because he is male is the physical strength. And no, I'm not sweet on this guy or anything, I just have a huge amout of admiration for his skills and knowledge and caring as a nurse.
  8. by   OC_An Khe
    Curious...why even ask the question?
  9. by   TraumaInTheSlot
    Quote from cotjockey
    OK...being serious here. We have one male RN in or ER and he tends to be a little more serious than the rest of us. He's a clean freak and he's more careful about infection control issues than a lot of the females are.
    Wait a minute, I have noticed the exact opposite? guys seem to be the more slobs tossing things around all the time. i believe the nurses who are the best under pressure are the same in either sex.

    And no, I'm not sweet on this guy or anything, I just have a huge amout of admiration for his skills and knowledge and caring as a nurse.
    u sure? lol
  10. by   TraumaInTheSlot
    Quote from ocankhe
    Curious...why even ask the question?
    i was just wondering some observations women have made that are general toward men in this profession. maybe it will help us men become more sensitive to our female co-workers needs and maybe we can all learn something. these are called discussion boards for a reason and if you dont care, then dont read the thread.
  11. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from TraumaInTheSlot
    i was just wondering some observations women have made that are general toward men in this profession. maybe it will help us men become more sensitive to our female co-workers needs and maybe we can all learn something. these are called discussion boards for a reason and if you dont care, then dont read the thread.
    I see you have just joined. Please read some of the other posts and see what kinds of "discussions" we have.

    You can get what you need to know about how to work alongside women by being in the workplace, any workplace.

    As you spend more time here, reading, you will doubtless find that most of us are not sexist in the least. We don't care whether you have a penis or a vagina, whether you are a sexist pig or a bra-burning manhater, when we are working beside you, we just want to know we can depend upon your nursing skills. That includes treating us (and your patient) as a human being, not focusing on our gender, genitals or whatever.

    Welcome to our happy little BB!!!
    Last edit by canoehead on Jul 5, '04
  12. by   angel337
    i agree with you, traumainthespot that most ed male nurses are usually pretty messy. just about every male ed nurse i have worked with is a slob and (no offense) not as attentive to the patients as female nurses. they however, get the work done and have great technical skills. most male ed nurses can put an IV in ANYBODY. my pm charge nurse is male and he can put an IV in your baby toe if needed. he is great. our more experienced female nurses are just as capable, but male nurses seem to master technical skills faster. maybe its because they aren't as apprehensive (like i was) about not getting it right the first time. they are also good with the psych patients and of course the belligerent drunks. the biggest difference in my opinion about male and female ed nurses is that males are not as emotionally sensitive as women and you can always debate about a patient care topic without it being perceived as personal attack. now, i don't want to get into the whole women are hard to get along with thing because i personally get along with everyone at my job, but the males definitely make the atmosphere more relaxed
  13. by   susanna
    The biggest differences I see between male and female healthcare workers are that men have been trained to not take things personally and women seem to take things more personally. (I see this as something positive that men have a better teamowrk attitude).
    But I don't really know. My friend who works as a nurse aid in ICU and my other friend who worked in the ER both admit to going home crying. Or, maybe its just women who talk about going home and crying their hearts out because work is upsetting while maybe no guy I know has wanted to admit that they do that to me.
  14. by   Katnip
    The guys I worked with seem to be more matter-of-fact and straight forward about most illnesses and injuries, while the women, especially with kids, display their sympathies more. This isn't a bad thing, it just seems that's how we approach things differently.

    Not saying all guys and all women are like this, it's just the ones I've seen.

    I don't see this as a troll post. It isn't asking or claiming one is superior over the other here, it's just asking if we see any differences in behavior.

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