Male nurses

  1. 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-
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  3. by   prn nurse
    Yesterday, I was standing in the hall talking with a coworker. It was 7 a.m. shift change. There was six students on the unit. Five of the six were Filipino males. I said to my coworker, ""Look down the hall, you'll see the future of nursing.""
  4. by   tckoolaid
    As the only Male RN in my workplace, it can be quite an adventure at times. 42 Nurses total in my work area, and I survive by playing big brother, and son to my peers. I found out by going the extra mile, and showing respect for the ladies by addressing them with Miss ____, I appear to gain their respect in return. The Key I found is to listen, and try not to give advice that you might not have on hand. I use the internet to gain answers for some of the harder questions, and act as a venting board for other occassions. So far I appear to have gain their respect, and I found out that I enjoy at times playing the rooster in the hen house, even if I can't help with the eggs.
  5. by   live4today
    Welcome to the nursing field, Bradley!

    I always enjoyed working with male nurses, and I prefer having a male nurse manager over a female any day. (Oops! Here come the stones being thrown at me from all the females! Ouch!)
  6. by   RoaminHankRN
    Be careful what you say... there is someone out there who will throw the "H" word.. In the new and unfortunate politically correct world, we skate on thin ice with many. Very sad. As a male and a supervisor, I wish there were more males in charge nurse and supervisory roles. I never know what mood some of the female staff will be in. Not all are bad and it's usually a handful that give the rest a bad rep. But there are some males that just plain stink too.

    I don't remember a course in nursing school that taught how to deal with jealousy and not to gossip... two big problems in hospitals and humans.

    Remember there is always someone here you will upset by what you say..


    Hank
  7. by   Teshiee
    Ooh I welcome male nurses. I see it as refreshing and new. I love working with my fellow nurses but I know how women can be at times with all that player hating and gossip starting. I don't see men doing that as much and it will add some spice to our profession. I am not saying all of us are like that but you know you know someone or a "click" that makes your work a living hell at times. :-) I welcome you to the profession I wish you well Bradely ahahahahaha
  8. by   sloddesol
    I've been in nursing for 25 years and have never really had any problems other than being one of the "girls" my wife puts up with most of friends being female but professionally I've found it doesn't matter what sex I am as long as youre willing to do the work involved
    Scott
  9. by   Cubby
    Welcome Bradley!!Both to the BB and to an exciting career. My husband and I are both Nurses.I am his boss..TeeHee!! He has said the main problem he has with being male in this predominately female world is similar to what women have put up with for years in a male dominated workplace. Maybe it's just human nature?!
  10. by   mario_ragucci
    Welcome to all the new nurses!
    Last edit by mario_ragucci on Feb 17, '02
  11. by   mark_LD_RN
    welcome Bradley, dont let people discourage you if being a nurse is what you really want to be than go for it. In general male nurses are treated well other nurses work well with me and patients love me. As you can tell by my nick I am a male L&D nurse, getting my foot in the door in this area was hard but worth it. My coworkers have really come to like me, patients have treated me great. I became a nurses late in life and have loved every minute of it. If I can be of any help let me know. you can write me at mark_LD_RN@hotmail.com
    Last edit by mark_LD_RN on Feb 17, '02
  12. by   mark_LD_RN
    welcome Bradley, dont let people discourage you if being a nurse is what you really want to be than go for it. In general male nurses are treated well other nurses work well with me and patients love me. As you can tell by my nick I am a male L&D nurse, get my foot in the door in this area was hard but worth it. My coworkers have really come to like me, patients have treated me great. I became a nurses late in life and have loved every minute of it. If I can be of any help let me know. you can write me at mark_LD_RN@hotmail.com
  13. by   aimeee
    Thus far I have found the few male RN's I have worked with to be pleasant, capable, and conscientious workers, and good at teamwork. Good luck to you, Bradley.
  14. by   frann
    I absolutely love working with male nurses. They're just fun to be around. They really surprise me. I mean we have to do some pretty nasty things and they do them without any problem. And they come in really handy when helping to turn a heavy patient.

    Mario, I like the old picture better. Should we have a vote?

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