Male vs. Female Nurses

  1. Does anyone have any particular opinions on whether a male or female does a better job of nursing? If so, what makes the difference, either way.
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   lever5
    Get over it!! There is no difference. Most males are good and most females are good. There are a few of each that are bad. Sex makes no difference in what a nurse brings to the bedside.
  4. by   R. J.
    Then why does it seem that males are quicker to get into programs and to get hired? No offense, please don't flame...
  5. by   ageless
    I am elated to see more men entering the field of nursing. I see it as an opportunity for salary increases. Unfortunately, our society has a long way to go in equality. Curiously enough, men are still seen as the primary breadwinners and women work to suppliment the family income...when men enter the profession in greater numbers...respect, benefits, and salaries will most likely increase. I did not say I like it, just my opinion based on my life experience.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I cannot fathom why GENDER should make a difference. I see good and not-so-good nurses all over. Male, female, who cares? As long as that person is compassionate, caring and also COMPETENT; that is the nurse I want at MY side in my work situation. I agree w/the above poster: GET OVER IT!
  7. by   micro
    if I am sick, just give me someone that divulges their attention to me, the patient.............with their skill, expertise, and knowledge.................gender truly makes no difference here.............
  8. by   P_RN
    I didn't work with men. I didn't work with women. I worked with NURSES.
  9. by   kaycee
    Ditto, what P_RN said!
  10. by   RNforLongTime
    Gender doesn't make one bit of a difference. There are good male nurses and bad male nurses just as there are good female nurses and bad female nurses.
  11. by   semstr
    Ditto, as Kaknurse stated.
  12. by   kewlnurse
    Originally posted by R. J.
    Then why does it seem that males are quicker to get into programs and to get hired? No offense, please don't flame...
    Cuz we are a minority and schools/business's are afraid of lawsuits of discrimination if they don't hire us.
  13. by   nurs4kids
    Is someone trying to start another mud slinging thread??

    There is NO difference between the ability of the sexes. The difference comes in personality and desire. I work with good and bad in both sexes. Differences are not drawn along lines of gender.

    I recall a recent poster, a male, fussing because he was going to have to wait three years to get into the nursing program at his school...
    so, you're observation on males getting in easier is also false.
  14. by   lever5
    Just a thought,....sociatal pressure on males.... to be the breadwinner, to lead, a family, a church, may make them aim for the top. I do know a lot of males start out at the bedside, but have goals that will take them into management, or another specialty that pays better. We all know that as it stands, there is not adaquate compensation to support a family in comfort with bedside nursing. Those that do stay, must truly be the people that love doing bedside nursing and are treasures to work with. There are also females that are putting in their required years at the bedside before moving to another, better paying job.

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