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

  1. 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!

    I actually volunteer at a nearby hospital, and it's really a simple job.
    I just end up sitting in the ICU Waiting Room and do homework, and escort visitors during visiting hours.

    But one thing that always gets me is HOW often visitors will come up to me and ask me if I'm studying to be a doctor.
    GRRR!!!
    I tell them I want to be a nurse, though


    I can't help but wondering... if I were in the scrubs and working in a hospital as a nurse, do you think folks'd assume I were the doc? :-/
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  2. 33 Comments

  3. by   CVmursenary
    i'm a male and white and its usually the old men that ask if im studying to be a doctor.
  4. by   thmpr
    I'm female & Irish/Scottish American. I am sometimes mistaken for a doc. When they ask I tell them I am just an astronaut.

    Good luck with nursing school! Being a nurse is GREAT.
  5. by   nursel56
    Not sure how being South Asian (East Indian) plays into the equation but yes, it's very likely people will assume you are studying to be a doctor.
  6. by   BabyNurse1969
    I don't think South Asian has anything to do with it.

    Sometimes it depends on the culture or age of the patient. Sometimes if a patient is older they will assume you are the doctor, just because you are male. Here in Miami we have a huge Spanish population, and they always tend to assume all male nurses (or in my husband's case EMT) are doctors.

    Just old chauvinistic assumptions. Woman = nurse, Man = doctor. Pffttt!!!!

    W. )
  7. by   Sarah010101
    We have a couple males in my nursing program who get mistaken for doctors. As well, the oldest person in our class is a male who is 46 years old. He is mistaken by nurses, doctors, AND patients hahaha... he is a close friend, we giggle about this every now and then.
  8. by   diane227
    Men often get mistaken for doctors because we still continue to experience the same old prejudices: men are doctors, women are nurses.
  9. by   GM2RN
    I'm a white female in my early 50's working in the ED, and patients will occassionally assume I'm a doctor. I think that it's sometimes just the way you come across when you first come in contact with a patient.
  10. by   headinsandRN
    only one way to find out

    good luck in school
  11. by   pitaya
    Quote from NurseWendy1969
    Here in Miami we have a huge Spanish population, and they always tend to assume all male nurses (or in my husband's case EMT) are doctors.
    Just curious...did you mean to say Hispanic population? Because in Miami, I would assume that the Hispanic population is more Cuban/Puerto Rican/Dominican with few Spaniards.
  12. by   Kooky Korky
    yes!!
  13. by   digitiminimi
    Yes, they will!

    p.s. I know 2 Indian male RNs and they like their jobs
  14. by   Mags_RN
    i once wore my light green scrubs and happened to be in the elevator with a family with 3 small children who kept on asking me if im a doctor. I said no and told them im a nurse. and then the girl told me " no you're not, you're wearing green and have that thing on your neck" - my stethoscope it was so cute

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