KC chick, CareerRN,
Thank you both...........I thought I was becoming a mental case there.
Yes KC, just like the guy in the movie. Some stanger will come up to the counter at my job and see that I'm studying anatomy (even MD's) and say "hey, that looks familiar. Going to medical school?""no nursing"......"oh...yea.....good for you. they certainly need them"...........Friends: "so how is school going........Me:I'm still pulling a 4.0 but it's getting more difficult. Friend:"wow, your such a good student............Why don't you become a doctor?"
"your in medical school....right?"..............
"no, I want to be a nurse"
"Why....snort!....giggle.....do you want to marry a doctor.....snort!...giggle......sweetie?"
HA!HA!..........Do you have to wear a hat????HA!HA!
It's not always outwardly belittling, but even my own father tells people that I'm going to medical school until I correct him(he's 72 so he could just be senile
), but for the most part people can't help but hold back a smirk. Nursing is still percieved as a female profession just as it is one in which you "take care of bedpans or something" to the general public.
The male nurses at your work might not say it to you, but I'm sure they are going through some of the same uncomfortable crap that I am.
When the ignorance about males in nursing of the general public
is wiped out, I suppose it will happen about the same time that people percieve nursing as a profession filled with talented, caring, well educated, compassionate people that could do anything they desired for a living, but chose nursing.
Not because they couldn't get into medical school.
Not because that's what women do if they want to be "professionals" or marry a doctor.
Not because they might be kinda gay.
Because it's an honor to be counted among such a group, if you know what it really means to be a nurse.