Do you think Patients would confuse me for a doctor if I'm South Asian and male?
- 0Nov 21, '10 by delrepublica1776I'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.
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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- 6Nov 21, '10 by BabyNurse1969I 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!!!!
- 1Nov 21, '10 by Sarah010101We 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.
- 2Nov 21, '10 by pitayaQuote from NurseWendy1969Just 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.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.