This is a continuation of a former question....I have a BS in Finance...
Do you guys notice the following...??
Discrimination towards males in Nursing School
or on the job, a tendency to view the male nurse as handy forklift?? Also, age discrimination especially as it relates to older men in nursing, (40's) (in other words, we are only in it either because we had to pick something due to economy etc., or we erroneously assume we will get into mgmt quicker than our female counterparts..) just the opposite I sure..
BIG QUESTION...I have a back that is fine as long as I don't use it much...!!! (pretty sure this is the kiss of death for nursing) I usually have to be careful with it....the thought of being off-center moving a heavy patient etc., makes my lower back flinch just sitting here..., doesn't take too much to make it tighten up, then it's downhill from there....re-injuring is a given if I have to keep doing whatever it was that injured it first...
I am in great shape muscularly and cardio-wise, etc., but the back needs loving care...THIS is what scares me more than a male-hating bitter divorcee transferring her unresolved anger on me....I've worked in healthcare arenas, primarily female, and you learn not to take the male bashing too seriously...just don't get too comfortable and return the love...
AND, whats your take on the VISA nursing importation issues...do you see this eating up demand over the next decades..this seems very disheartening...Admittedly, you need a heart to be an effective nurse, but also have to be pragmatic about your finances etc.,
Is it really just a matter of remaining positive, nose to grindstone, the workplace is always driven by gender and political issues....or is there a female groupthink, be it corrected politically but still harbored, that will make life more difficult for the male in this profession....I hear they are either harassed or cuddled depending on certain obvious attributes...!!
Dec 28, '04
I'd have to say that the guys and gals pull their fair share of lifting and hauling patients, watching their backs, on our floor. I agree, the men in nursing who seem to fit in the best with their female cohorts are the ones who want to provide the best nursing care and love doing so...it shows. They just enjoy giving good care and are good at putting others at ease, patients and female staff. The guys who act and talk like they're at a football game, walk around with their tongues hanging out when any woman walks past (constantly checking out her package), and present as macho cool tend to turn alot of female staff off...at least from what I've seen. Got a guy like that now on our floor. The female nurses sort of see him as God's example of how testosterone can go way wrong. He's a good nurse otherwise. But, from a personality standpoint, would have been a better fit at a construction site. I don't know. Just an observation.
Last edit by Thunderwolf on Dec 28, '04