Do you think Patients would confuse me for a doctor if I'm South Asian and male? - page 4

by delrepublica1776 | 3,468 Views | 33 Comments

I'll keep it brief: I'm male and South Asian (East Indian), and I applied to a few nursing programs already. Hopin' I get some fat letters in early February! :D I actually volunteer at a nearby hospital, and it's really a... Read More


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    Quote from Gluteus Maximus
    What is odd about it? Many people especially those of foreign descent use nursing in North America as a stepping stone to get their medical degrees.
    Sorry, I was not familiar with the RN-MD route. I researched it more and it appears to be possible.

    Still... it is odd.
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    Yes. Uniforms are confusing in American hospitals and vary from place to place so people rely on stereotypes to distinguish and make assumptions about who is who. Some will think you are a MD because of your ethnicity, some will think you're one because you're male. Some will assume because you're scrubs are solid, or green, or you have a stethoscope. Others may think you are a Dr. if you have what they think is a very professional manner. And some will just call you Dr. because they think that is the more prestigious position and let you correct them if they are wrong because they think they are avoiding offense that way. Good luck on your journey to being a Nurse. I'm sure after all you're hard work you won't have too much trouble correcting them and proudly telling them your a registered nurse.

    As a side note I just realized that the only nurse smiley and icon is a Caucasian female. Hmm...maybe we can start working on correcting some of those assumptions right here on "allnurses". And I realized after "re-reading" your post that I had assumed you meant you were studying to become a RN (rather than LPN) I guess we all make assumptions all the time.
    kaliRN likes this.
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    Quote from meghantk
    . . .As a side note I just realized that the only nurse smiley and icon is a Caucasian female. Hmm...maybe we can start working on correcting some of those assumptions right here on "allnurses". And I realized after "re-reading" your post that I had assumed you meant you were studying to become a RN (rather than LPN) I guess we all make assumptions all the time.
    I noticed that about the nurse smiley, too. Even though I fit the category (except I'm not young-looking and I have a nose)it still bugs me.
    thmpr likes this.
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    I'm a short Hispanic female and a few yrs ago (I think I was 21) I was mistaken for a doctor at a VA hospital. Made me smile


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