Males in Nursing: Improvement or Hindrance?

  1. Hey folks,

    I am currently a part-time Firefighter/EMT and find myself attracted to the medical side of things. Where I live, I am surrounded by several hospitals, clinics, etc. providing ample opportunities in Nursing more so than EMS.

    Is there a concensus in the Nursing world about males entering this predominantly female profession?

    Just Curious and wanting to know what I'm getting myself into!

    Thankx.

    'dawg
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    Nursing wants warm bodies. If you are a good guy, you'll be as welcome as a good gal would be. Some nurses think men in nursing will save the profession, others think they don't belong in certain areas (L&D, OB/GYN), but most could care less what you have between your legs, they care about what you have between your ears
  4. by   Tweety
    Good luck in whatever you do!

    Use the search option. There are pleny of discussions about men in nursing.

    Basically, if you are a sincere and caring individual that wants to work very hard and is a team player. And you yourself don't look at your situation as "I'm male in a female dominated field" but rather "I'm a nurse amongst my peers" you'll do well.

  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from fergus51
    Nursing wants warm bodies. If you are a good guy, you'll be as welcome as a good gal would be. Some nurses think men in nursing will save the profession, others think they don't belong in certain areas (L&D, OB/GYN), but most could care less what you have between your legs, they care about what you have between your ears
    this post hits it on the NOSE! Just be yourself and quit worrying about gender issues.
  6. by   Firedawg03
    Quote from fergus51
    Nursing wants warm bodies. If you are a good guy, you'll be as welcome as a good gal would be. Some nurses think men in nursing will save the profession, others think they don't belong in certain areas (L&D, OB/GYN), but most could care less what you have between your legs, they care about what you have between your ears
    Thanks for your candid feedback. That's how I look at it in that, if you come in, do your job 110%, it won't matter what gender you are. And believe me, I'm not so sure OB/GYN is where I'd want to be :chuckle
  7. by   Agnus
    If you want to be a nurse, go for it. No matter what field you go into there will always be someone who thinks you don't belong.

    If you need a concensus you will not find it. If you don't you just might find it.
  8. by   Rep
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Basically, if you are a sincere and caring individual that wants to work very hard and is a team player. And you yourself don't look at your situation as "I'm male in a female dominated field" but rather "I'm a nurse amongst my peers" you'll do well.

    I totally agree. I am a male nurse. Based on my experience, I have not encounter any problems regarding my gender except in OB/Gyne, of course!
  9. by   Todd SPN
    Just being curious, how do you (or other ff's) view female firefighters?
  10. by   Farkinott
    Quote from Todd SPN
    Just being curious, how do you (or other ff's) view female firefighters?
    I used to work in a hospital that had alot of flaise fire alarm calls.. when the firies arrived the girls would literally drool! I would applaud an increase in female firies so I could do the same!
  11. by   nursemike
    My experience (6 yrs health care, 1 yr nursing school) has been that it can feel a little strange, at times, especially coming from a sort of "macho" environment, but on the whole there are more pros than cons. I haven't encountered any gender-related negativity from co-workers, fellow students, or instructors, and really very little from patients. A few ladies will ask for a woman to help them, and you might see a patient's visitor looking a little askance, but in general I've felt received much as the opinions expressed here--it's a big job, and anyone who helps is welcome. I do have moments of culture-shock, but it's nothing serious and can be downright amusing.
    And, hey, you know, if anybody questions your masculinity, you can always beat them up.
  12. by   zenman
    It's probably like females in the military. If someone is shooting at you, you are probably not thinking about the sex of your buddy as you both return fire!
  13. by   barefootlady
    Go for it! Nursing needs good, dedicated, smart nurses, no matter female or male. Good luck.
  14. by   MellowOne
    I've actually found that males aren't just welcomed, but openly courted. I've been told a number of times by nurses that they need more male nurses on the unit. Strangely enough, a male nurse on the unit seems to decrease the feline factor that many find on nursing units.

    My sex has never been an issue, except for the battle axes who were openly hostile during my L&D rotation in nursing school. Nursing's a great profession, and we'd be more than glad to have you join our ranks.

    Be well...

    The Mellow One

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