Is there a need for more male nurses? - page 2

As a new LPN graduate I constantly here "Congratulations, we need more male nurses." & "As a man most employers will hire you on the spot!"..... But it has been my clinical experience that there was... Read More

  1. by   leslie :-D
    did you get the answer you were looking for ty?

    leslie
  2. by   Tweety
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    sigh.....again.

    we need more QUALIFIED nurses, period. Let us leave gender, race,and other characteristics out of this please.
    This says it all. This is what I see.
  3. by   ERNurse752
    We need more male nurses so that female nurses can try to marry them instead of the doctors. (just kidding!!!!!!!!!) :hatparty:

    But I do know what to OP means. My dad is a nurse, and he hears stuff like that.

    I think more nurses who happen to be men are good to have around because it helps to diffuse some of the estrogen.

    But then, I've always been more of a guy's girl, so to speak. Grew up with brothers and no sisters, tomboy as a kid, etc...
  4. by   Tweety
    Quote from earle58
    offhand, i cannot think of another profession that exposes people/pts in their most vulnerable states. to this day, i still will only have female mds because of my modesty. i think many people feel this way.

    Believe it or not I feel the same way and like male doctors for this reason (str8 ones at that), so if I needed initmate care I would rather have a male do it, just because I'm a modest prude like that.
    Last edit by Tweety on May 29, '04
  5. by   FROGGYLEGS
    I can't see why we would need a male nurse in particular. If someone preferred a new nurse that was male, I would assume that they were looking for someone to help with the lifting and disorderly patients.

    That isn't a very good reason to want a male co-worker, but I do believe that there are a lot of people who will still try to stick a male with a large portion of that work. It hasn't been long ago that one of the best CNAs we have ever had was run off by the never ending demand for his assistance to other staff and their patients. He could hardly get his own work done for being paged to help with everyone else's patients.

    If I can't lift a resident with the help of one other staff person, I wouldn't recommend anyone try. I'll get the Hoyer lift out and it generally does the trick.
  6. by   Havin' A Party!
    Think the presumption behind Ty's question is correct.

    IMHO, more qualified guys in the profession will tend to give it greater balance and credibility. Will also engender better and more effective care.
  7. by   tmiller027
    Interesting. When I worked in law enforcement, my best friend was a female officer who constantly heard how women should not be cops. She was an excellent officer, so I'm not sure what the problem was.

    I think in ANY profession diversity is a good thing. You give the public, patients, clients or whatever a better variety of service the more different types of people from different backgrounds that you have. It can only make that field better.
  8. by   gypsyatheart
    Quote from reddgott
    As a new LPN graduate I constantly here "Congratulations, we need more male nurses." & "As a man most employers will hire you on the spot!"..... But it has been my clinical experience that there was no one specific thing that could have been done better by a man than a woman. In fact I have been refused three times during my maternity rotation and was finally allowed to assess a woman who was post c-section, that happened to be a nursing instructor. (which was a better experience than the other students got but thats beside the point. Anyways, where is this big major need for more men in nursing? any ideas??

    No need for defensiveness Redd, you asked a question, got some answers....
    Personally, I have never heard that phrase..."we need more male nurses...."; ever, in about 14-15 yrs of working in healthcare.
    My response would be..."Why do you say that....?" to those that tell you that. Who are you hearing these comments from anyway? It may make a difference.....
  9. by   Tony35NYC
    Its all bunk about the need for more men. All that matters is that you've got the skills.
  10. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from Tony35NYC
    Its all bunk about the need for more men. All that matters is that you've got the skills.
    scowl.......
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Tony35NYC
    Its all bunk about the need for more men. All that matters is that you've got the skills.
    I totally agree.
  12. by   leslie :-D
    i agree intellectually that gender is irrelevant but when people are hospitalized, they're not always thinking as such when they feel vulnerable and afraid.
  13. by   mattsmom81
    There are some out there who believe more men in the nursing profession will help.

    With salaries, respect, etc. Because men have a tendency not to take the shyt like women do, i think there is a hopefulness among some women that men will 'help'.

    Probably a fairy tale mentality but it is still out there in some. Most of us are glad to have helpful coworkers....and we generally would like to see more of them. And because our backs are probably aching, it may soothe our aching muscles to think someone stronger might give us a break...maybe...LOL!

    Truth is, most men physiologically will posess greater upper body strength that serves them well in the direct care setting; this type work is heavier than is let on, as those of us who have done it awhile can attest. It takes its toll after several decades.

    So...guys, please take it with a grain of salt when someone says 'Oh good a man'...it could mean lots of things...maybe just that they are glad to see something other than the usual estrogen overload on shift that day. I believe the best workplaces employ a mix of men and women to bring balance, as someone already pointed out.

    Like everyone else here, I'm just glad to have a competent caring nurse coworker...of any 'type'.
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on May 29, '04

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