Quote from Keptonkurtis
So my "friends" keep telling me that becoming a mail nurse is gay.
and the finance wise i wont be good later in life.
Just wanted to know how common are male nurse? are they look at differently from patients? I'm i less likely to get hired for being male?
Dude, don't sweat it, seriously.
1) There's nothing "gay" about being a male nurse, if I understand your usage of the term. I don't think there's anything "unmanly" about being a nurse. I was a firefighter before becoming an RN, and I can tell you that nursing has offered me just as much if not more in terms of excitement, variety, technology, and working in a fast paced environment where you have to be able to think on your feet under pressure. Thus far nursing has been the greatest challenge, and greatest privilege, of my life.
Yeah, there are gay men in nursing. There are also gay men in law enforcement, fire/rescue, medicine, teaching, etc. I don't think there are significantly more gay men in nursing then there are in any other profession. Almost all of the other male nurses I know well are straight, and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area
. That stereotype is rarely an issue, and if it is where you live then you need to simply rise above it. Someone's sexual orientation has no more bearing on their job performance than their gender does.
2) Don't worry about being able to make ends meet as a registered nurse. Nurses are paid very well, and while salaries vary from place to place, they are generally well above your cost of living. There are nurses in the Bay Area who make over $100,000 a year. Nurse anesthetists start at as much as $160,000 a year and can end up making as much as a physician.
3) Regarding how common male nurses are, I recently attending a Men in Nursing conference in Monterey (that's right, we have our own conferences) and learned the latest numbers. Nationally men still only account for about 7% of registered nurses, but in California 10% of RNs are men. Enrollment of men in nursing education programs in California is up also, around 18%. You can expect those number to grow even more in the future.
4) It's very rare that my being a man has negatively affected the way patients interact with me. I can only think of two times that a patient has asked to have a female nurse instead, and both times it was due to cultural beliefs. Most of the time my patients don't treat me any different than my female peers, and occasionally I'll have a patient that even prefers
to have a male nurse.
5) You are not less likely to get hired as a man, nor are you more likely to get hired. That would be illegal. If anything hospitals would probably like
to be able to hire more men in order to promote diversity.
Please don't let anyone discourage you from choosing nursing as a career because you are a man! It's an awesome career that offers you countless pathways to find what will make you the most happy.