Guys in Nursing...What's your Input? - page 3
Hello fellow nurses. I'm a 21 year old male practical nursing student. I have worked in nursing for a little over a year now as a CNA and CMA. One think I have noticed is the very small percentage... Read More
Sep 24, '02What's my input? I'm a guy and I'm a nurse!
Pretty cool, huh!
Sometimes, though, the thought of wearing a white mid-lengthed dress nursing uniform with white stockings is awfully appealing!Last edit by Ted on Sep 24, '02
Sep 24, '02Don't worry about it. You will run into ingnorance in ANY profession where dealing with people is the norm. Can't help you with the gay accusations...when people say "are you gay or something?" to me I usually respond with "Is that a proposition?" Follow your dreams and don't apologize to anyone for them.
Sep 24, '02My mom doesn't think men should be in nursing. But obviously I think otherwise. We try not to discuss that issue with each other.
Sep 24, '02Is it all in the "name".. the "word"... NURSE?..that brings up visuals of which gender is to fill that roll?
I remember in the Air Force the "medics" were male or female. Nobody ever questioned their choice or their role. EVER. It was never even a topic...medics were medics..regardless of gender.
NOW...follow up on that...use the word "nurse", and suddenly everyone has these visual images of what that should be! (as in which gender) ! WHY !?!? Conditioning? Picture books from way back when? Black and white TV shows from the 50's? Saturating the mind's eye with Betty Boop type nurse cartoon images?
Yet as medics, we did a LOT of "nursing care"...and no one ever thought there was a difference between a male/female "medic".. it was accepted as "routine" and "normal". So what's the deal? Is it simply the word "NURSE" that automatically implies FEMALE?
Sep 24, '02I'm entering my fifth-week of first-semester clinicals. As a male nursing student in his 30s, what drives me crazy is not that the mentally-challenged think I'm gay. It's the opinion:
"Aren't you smart enought to be a doctor?"
Oh, well. The dull are everywhere!
Sep 24, '02So now you know how WOMEN have felt all along ! I remember the days when female Dr.'s were a rarity. Still know folks who won't see one! Thought was.."only men are Dr's." Rubbish !
Tit for tat !
Somehow, though, I still think this is a "cultural" issue. I have not found these preconceived ideas in other countries.
Sep 24, '02There was a tv program once with a family setting and the young man wanted to go into nursing and the family were all in mourning because his being a NURSE. They kept trying to tell him that men were doctors. I wish now that I had written a letter instead of turning off the program with disgust.
Our neighbors think it odd that my husband is a nurse. Not macho enough for them. LOL
Sep 24, '02Originally posted by Rustyhammer
WOW! Did I suddenly get transported back to the early '70's.
Is this for real or just an Oklahoma issue?
I just gotta stick with Rusty's response. Glad we are not prejudiced in this society or in our career of choice. It would be a shame to look at someone differently if they were different than I.
Sep 24, '02Originally posted by azgirl
There was a tv program once with a family setting and the young man wanted to go into nursing and the family were all in mourning because his being a NURSE. They kept trying to tell him that men were doctors. I wish now that I had written a letter instead of turning off the program with disgust.
Sep 24, '02Originally posted by sjoe
rebel--Well THAT'S real subtle.