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

  1. by   Ted
    What's my input? I'm a guy and I'm a nurse!

    Pretty cool, huh!

    Ted

    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
  2. by   studentOH
    Don'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.

    Brian
  3. by   MarcusKspn
    Burns Flat is on I-40 in western OK, about 60 miles from the texas border.
  4. by   meandragonbrett
    My mom doesn't think men should be in nursing. But obviously I think otherwise. We try not to discuss that issue with each other.

    Brett
  5. by   jnette
    Is 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?
  6. by   NMAguiar
    I'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!

  7. by   jnette
    So 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.
  8. 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.

    Our neighbors think it odd that my husband is a nurse. Not macho enough for them. LOL
  9. by   micro
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    WOW! Did I suddenly get transported back to the early '70's.
    Is this for real or just an Oklahoma issue?
    -Russell


    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.


    micro
  10. by   pebbles
    Originally 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.
    One of the main characters in Coronation Street (UK) is a nurse, and he's married with kids. I thought that was neat... and I know they did storylines about people thinking he was gay or sissy for becoming a nurse when the character decided to go to nursing school, and he told them where to go. There ARE positive portrayals just as there are positive real experiences too...
  11. by   rebelwaclause
    My next T-Shirt logan: "Male Nurses Wanted...Apply within"

    :chuckle
  12. by   sjoe
    rebel--Well THAT'S real subtle.
  13. by   rebelwaclause
    Originally posted by sjoe
    rebel--Well THAT'S real subtle.
    Welcome to Rebel's online world.....

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