Zeke--I am a caucasion male, 43 years old. I went into nursing in 1985 after 6 years of military service as a medic. I have earned an associate degree, BSN, and MSN. I have been a staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager, nursing supervisor, department director, assistant administrator, chief operating officer, and CEO of hospitals. I am currently a chief operating officer. I also have worked in ER, critical care, med/surg, psych, dialysis, telemetry, and currently administration. I consider my nursing career to be successful. I have found it very rewarding in many ways and I would not consider doing anything else, especially at this point in my life. Many people ask me why I left nursing to go into administration, I simply smile and say I have not left nursing, it is yet another phase of my nursing practice. There are so many things you can do with a nursing degree and some solid clinical experience, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination, desire, and willingness to make the sacrifices to prepare for your goals. In the mid-80's, and living in the south, I was always referred to as "that male nurse" by patients. I have very frequently been the only male member of my particular nursing unit staff (not a bad environment at all!!). I have been accused of being gay, asked many times when I planned to go to medical school, asked why I did women's work, and so on from the narrow minded rednecks you can find in the south (I can say this because I am from the south and love it). However I noticed this behavior changed in the 90s as more men came into the profession and attitudes seemed to change somewhat. I have never had an issue with any of my co-workers because of my gender. As I progressed up the management chain and got into administration, I have had directors of nursing that reported to me and have never had an issue because I am a "male" nurse. You will find male nurses in all areas of nursing but frequently in critical care, ER, and anesthesia. I have also been accused of getting promoted into administration because I am male. I found it very difficult to be promoted within the nursing department because I was male but could never prove it, however, I ended up getting promoted anyway because I was qualified, experienced, and have the personality to be able to pull people together and work together. Sorry for the lengthy email but I wanted to share my experiences with you. I would encourage you to go for it!! Please feel free to email me if you would like to talk further. Thanks. Oh yeah, and I have had, I think, dealings with physicians as any other nurse. I have not found that me being male really made any difference with the doctors. They just want their diagnostic information and a nurse to tell them what is going on with their patients when they make rounds, they are always in a hurry.