Male nurses - page 4

I was just wondering, since male nurses are becoming more visible in the work force, how do they seem to working out as far as being co workers. Also what do see for the future men in nursing? What... Read More

  1. by   fergus51
    I never even thought of that Mark. We actually do have a lot of female doctors in our hospital. I always assume that means they're gynecologists
  2. by   mario_ragucci
    I AM Male Nurse
    Verse 1
    I am male-nurse, hear me roar__ in num-bers too big to ig-nore,__
    and I know too much to go__ back to pre-tend____
    'cause I've heard it all be-fore__ and I've been down there on the floor,__
    no one's ev-er gon-na keep__ me down a - gain.

    Chorus
    Oh,___Yes, I am wise__ but it's wis - dom born of pain.____
    Yes, I paid the price___ but look how much__ I gained.__
    If I have to__ I can__ do an - y- thing.__
    I am strong,____ I am in-vin-ci-ble,__ I am male-nurse._____

    Verse 2
    You can bend but nev-er break__ me 'cause it on - ly serves to make__
    me more de - ter-mined to a-chieve my fi - nal goal,___
    And I come back e-ven strong-er, not a nov-ice an-y long-er,
    'cause you've deep-ened the con-vic - tion in my soul.

    Chorus
    Oh,___Yes, I am wise__ but it's wis - dom born of pain.____
    Yes, I paid the price___ but look how much__ I gained.__
    If I have to__ I can__ do an - y- thing.__
    I am strong,____ I am in-vin-ci-ble,__ I am male-nurse._____

    Verse 3
    I am male-nurse, watch me grow___ see me stand-ing toe to toe___
    as I spread my lov - in' arms_ a-cross the land,____
    But I'm still an em-bry - o_____ with a long, long way to go______
    un - 'til I make my sister un - der - stand.

    Chorus
    Oh,___Yes, I am wise__ but it's wis - dom born of pain.____
    Yes, I paid the price___ but look how much__ I gained.__
    If I have to__ I can__ do an - y- thing.__
    I am strong,____ I am in-vin-ci-ble,__ I am male-nurse!_____
    I am male-nurse!_____ I am male-nurse!_____


    Sorry Helen Reddy - it's time for a change!!!!!
  3. by   GreytNurse
    Mario.......you look kinda young??????:roll

    I agree w/ all the others......your a NURSE!!!!!! Good luck!!

    I work w/a 'male' nurse.....in fact, we are best-friends. My husband even refers to him as 'my other husband' and his wife calls me 'the other wife'.......
    We work together as a team......even follow eachother to jobs. He is very professional and easy going. We back each other up....even answer questions and finish sentences for one another......sort of like twins....:chuckle
    We both have a compassion for LTC and give more than 100% at our job. Our spouses are ok with this, as we are all good friends.

    We need the 'male influence' in nursing. I think it is great that more guys are finding nursing as a rewarding career.

    Good luck and 'way to good Mario'!!!!!!!
  4. by   night owl
    I work in a Veteran's Administration LTC Nursing Home Care Unit and have worked with many male nurses during my nursing career. I must say working with male nurses is a real pleasure. They are very compassionate, organized, pleasant and witty kind of guys. They make better DON's, supervisors, and unit managers b/c they are better at employing tact and conciliation especially in situations of stress. The male pts respond better to them than to the female nurses and I find that male nurses do not get upset to trivial things like females do. The best thing about male nurses is that they aren't into the back stabbing, gossipy talk that goes on with almost every female I've ever worked with. Hats off to the males...May they multiply a thousand fold in the nursing profession... Lord knows we need them.
  5. by   NurseDennie
    Well..... They used to call them "female doctors." Or female police officer or whatever where they didn't expect to find females! I guess people are just used to it. I expect that they'll all get used to nurses who are male.

    I'm all in favor of the menfolk going into nursing. You're right - we need everybody we can get.

    But I can't say that I've seen 100% shining examples of nurses who were male. I think it's like anything else, you get some good, some so-so, and some losers. I have to say that of the male nurses I know, the ones who are good are WAY GOOD. Exceptional, over the top wonderful nurses. The ones that I've met that are losers tend to be in the lazy nurse category. Certainly not any worse than any of the lazy-nurse women I've met. I think it's just that you don't see 100% of anything in any group. That's all I'm saying.

    The first male nurse I worked with is such a cool person!!! He was a traveling nurse, and even so he made a suggestion for patient assignments for my floor that was SUCH a major improvement. He taught me the superstition to tie a knot in the bedsheet of someone you expect to die to keep him/her from passing during your shift. (Don't bother - it's never worked for me!)

    He traveled on after working with us for about 8 months. He wanted to go somewhere where he could find more "action." We keep in touch from time to time.

    Love

    Dennie
  6. by   Jenny P
    Boy, the way this thread is sounding, "male nurses" are heads and shoulders above females! May I add a note of honesty here; there are guys (and gals) who are gossips, back stabbers, lazy, terrible managers (I've had one in the past), etc., etc. I don't think that gender has anything to do with it.

    Each of us brings to nursing our own unique gifts and personalities; and also gender. There may be some complex similarities that the majority of good nurses have, but I don't think that one gender has an edge over the other when it comes to nursing. I think our society has been conditioned to picture *female* when the word NURSE is mentioned; and I think that that perception is changing. I mean, how often do you see the term "female doctor" anymore? But it was a common term even 20 years ago. There weren't that many women in medicine back then; maybe in another 20 years the term "nurse" will also be unisex!
  7. by   live4today
    Mario, Helen Reddy was always a favorite of mine! I love her song "I Am Invincible!" Of course, your rendition of it "aint half bad" either!
  8. by   nursedawn67
    I have worked with some really good male nurses. It is hard for some male nurses, just because people only see females in that role, but it is rapidly changing. Of course I work with one male nurse who just doesn't get it. I really think he feels since he is the only male full time nurse at our facility that he can get away with anything. He doesn't do even half of his job, and everyone is constantly picking up pieces for him. I feel bad for him because he is "slitting his own wrists" in the nursing field. He could be a really good nurse if he TRIED. And I hope for future male nurses that people don't look at this yahoo and think he is the norm of male nurses.





    Originally posted by Bradley
    I was just wondering, since male nurses are becoming more visible in the work force, how do they seem to working out as far as being co workers. Also what do see for the future men in nursing? What improvements can we as nurses make to help our fellow nurses? I really want to be a good nurse, but lately some fellow male rns are trying to discourge me telling me being an older male rn w kids can really test you. I really dont understand some of the reasons why (seem sort of petty to me). Any input would be appreciated. thanks-
    :roll
  9. by   Agnus
    I am female. I cringe whenever I hear "male nurse" It's nurse. This is one area where I correct others' speech.
    Tagging a gender onto a professional title suggest that somehow you are differently qualified than other nurses. I find it demeaning toward my male collegues.
    Last edit by Agnus on Feb 21, '02
  10. by   Eric01
    I agree, men do not necessarily make better nurses than women, and vice versa. At least the quality of care is not dependent on gender, rather the individual.
    Personally, the male:female ratio's were an attractive feature of nursing, or rather the did not detract from nursing as a profession.
    Personally, I really appreciate the support that I have had from my female (and male) colleagues, and from those posting to this discussion. Thanks for the encouragement. I enjoy working with anyone I can. Thanks, all, for the support.
  11. by   oldrat20
    I've been an RN for 25 years and a male for many more. I find I like working with some males, some females. I guess I'm more interested in the quality of nursing than the sex.
    Question, what is meant in one post by "the H word." If it is a reference to gay nurses, we are not all male; some of us are gay, proud of it, and damned good nurses. Sexual orientation ought to be a issue if you're dating someone, not working with them!
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    I read somewhere recently (I'm sorry I can't remember the site) that "male nurses" were paid more than their female counterparts.
    It didn't say why.
    -Russell
    I, also, find the term "male nurse" objectionable.
  13. by   Panda
    Hi! I am a female student nurse and on my first week of prac, second day, i was placed with a male nurse. the day before i was placed with a female nurse. i found no real difference in the level of treatment that the patients/clients were receving from either nurse. we have a few male students in my course and i really enjoy to get their view on issues.

close