Are you MAN enough to be a Nurse? - page 2

November 14, 2002 - The Oregonian, by Wendy Y. Lawton Hey, fellas: Operation tries to get guys into nursing The headline reads like a tough-guy taunt: "Are you man enough . . . to be a nurse?"... Read More

  1. by   mspringer
    Well, I am a man in an Oregon nursing school, so guess that counts. No Wait---only if I graduate. When I am not doing homework or clinicals I think I am walking around with zero affect:stone due to sleep deprivation. Everything is going well, but you never know, something dumb can take you out at any time.

    In all seriousness, this is a really great ad. I am glad more guys are joining up. I have noticed that sometimes as a guy you get used for your strength more than others and that can get tiring on the back by the end of the shift. No offense to the ladies, just something I have observed on occassion. I will probably get to the gym upon graduation to relieve that problem. I do enjoy working with the ladies though, it is like have a bunch of Mom's and Sister's around that you can tease and just have a great time with. Just one big happy family from a guy's perspective.

    Cheers and a big thumbs up to all the guys and gals who give it their all for the pt's.
  2. by   NurseDianne
    My husbands a nurse also. I think he's MAN ENOUGH....
    It annoys me that alot of people think male nurses are candya@@'s..........sorry........
    I think more community awareness should be posted about male nurses.
    GO GUYS!! :spin:
  3. by   christianRN
    Very cool, from someone whose hubby is man enough to be a nurse! Hope it catches on!
  4. by   Dplear
    The Bald headed guy in the middle is a Harley Rider....Like me cept I aint bald and I also have a beard (thigh ticker...opps not very PC of me) but seeing as I am 6 foot tall and about 260...(some what muscle) that could be me.......

    Dave
  5. by   baseline
    Great ad.......great idea!
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    If people think there are many men in nursing now... forget it. By pulling the gender card will not inspire.

    At least recognise the EDUCATION deficit and denial of nursing now to communicate positively with each other. There should be a required class for all that teaches you how to make another feel welcome in a healthcare setting, and set standards which govern manners and respect for each other / minimums / wrong ones. By ASSuming people know is totally wrong and not fair to us. Sometimes it tough for me, I gotta say that. Caring for people in need transcends gender barriers anyway; no foolin!
  7. by   Tweety
    Why do they have to look so serious. Real men smile too. They look scarey to me.
  8. by   adrienurse
    I think this is brilliant. Emailed this to student newspaper already. Hell yes, I'm man enough..... hee hee
  9. by   Furball
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Why do they have to look so serious. Real men smile too. They look scarey to me.

    That would be awesome having a biker dude back me up against a tantrum throwing, God-complex, instrument throwing, loud, obnoxious, female hating doc! I would welcome them with open arms, cookies and a beer after work...yes indeed.
  10. by   Sekar
    I've been a Nurse for 20 years, and a male for 44 years. I started in the Army and retired as a Nurse. I got out of the field for 7 years and recently started up again after finishing my RN training. I was surprized at how much I missed the field. I can't physically handly my former specialty, and true love in the Nursing field (Trauma), so I no work in an Internal Medicine Clinic. I get a kick out of the little old women who think it's great to have a male nurse working on them as well as the little old men who look at me like I'm some kind of alien plant life when they find out I'm a Nurse. I'm all for more of anyone entering the field, male or female.
  11. by   daveFL
    I hope it is successful. As a guy who intends to enter the profession next year I agree there are definitely feminine stereotypes associated with it, but that's only because nursing has traditionally been a profession dominated by women and that certainly has changed here in south Florida. Since I started nursing school I've seen more and more guys coming in. Quite a few of them are gay but they are a tiny minority and most are more like the men in the campaign ad (LOL). A lot of them are married with kids and in their early 30s, probably bored with their office jobs and looking for a new and interesting challenge like myself.

    The nursing shortage will probably continue well beyond the time they are projecting because far more people leave the profession than the number going in each year, and the hospitals are in a serious bind, especially down here in Florida where there are so many senior citizens in need on healthcare. The hospitals are now using some pretty aggressive tactics to recruit nurses here, including huge sign-on bonuses and above average salaries even for people fresh out of nursing school.

    Still, quite a few guys I started the program with dropped out during the prequisite courses because they thought it would be easy and that all they would have to learn is medical terminology and how to give injections. They didn't understand they had to do courses in chemistry, micro, and A&P before they begin the core practicum, and to some people that's just too much when you're juggling it with a full-time job and a family.
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    The guys I see who are nurses are some "can do" people, and some are burned out too, lol. I don't think it matters so much if your a guy or a gal, but if you can "care," and how much. In today's nursing settings, awareness and accuracy is all part of a nurses important role. Active life is put in your hands. The gender thing is ovr-glorified/rapidly changing. I will preserve and improve your health with my positive hands!

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