I went through a similiar hazing when I became a CNA and started working in a hospital for the first time. I have only had two negative "run ins." Admittedly, I am enthusiastic about my vocation, and encourage on topic conversation. Because I am male, I can sense this is too new a thing for some females, who may have only been exposed to a handful of guys in their entire life.
One time I floated to a critcare unit, and the nurses there totally despised my presence. They made up things and sent lettters/negative write ups to my manager. That shocked me, but luckily, I had worked on my home unit many weeks enough to have a leg to stand on. Three RN's wrote me up in a single day; Talk about pack-mentality. It was obvious. I can trace it back in my memory when one of the nurses made suggestive movements in front of me, and I ignored them. From then on, she ignored and rejected me with loud non-verbal cues. Just to make me extremely uncomfortable while i floated.
Another time i gave a bedbath to a woman >70 yrs old and she complained that I inappropriately touched her. That got me suspended for a day, and I had to meet with HR to clear myself. This all happened several months ago while I was on probation, and it made me quite nervous.
Now, there are just two female staff that show extreme disliking of me. When ever I see them, they frown and totally ignore me. By nature, I make eye contact with eveyone, especially if we have worked together before. But these two women refuse eye-contact, which is confusing to me because i have no idea why they would want to make me feel uncomfortable around them. So when I am coming near them, now I don't look at them, and pretend they are not there, like you would act like you are walking past a bee hive.
It should be told however, 98.5% of the staff I have worked with, male or female, have been excellent to work with. Of course, some note my gender, but I have come to accept that.
If you can make it passed 6 months, I'd say, your all right. Males will surely encounter varying degrees of malicious behavior from women, and it will continue to go on, simply because there ARE mostly women in nursing. What are ya gonna do?
If co-workers disrespect me or embarrass me because of my gender I always think of ways not to react to that. Occasionaly I will assert myself and let them know that their attempt to make a specticle of my gender is really embarrassing and harmful to the profession, but still, the mob rules and there is always strength in numbers.
Sometimes i want to let someone know about the way those other two co-workers act around me, because I fear (a little) their hatred of me, and how unusual it is for me to have to accept that some people are just gonna hate you no matter what. But pretending they are a bee hive has worked so far.
I've learned to spot right away if a female PT is uncomfortable with a male. Tell tale signs are if they are >65 yo and a really nervous to begin with. I must address this to someone else immediately when i encounter it, for my own protection.
Again - my experiences so far as a whole, as a CNA/RN in 2004/male/first 6 months in a hospital have been the most pleasurable experience because I love to help people and share my talent for providing excellent health care!