Originally posted by nurs4kids:
<STRONG>I actually look forward to the two weeks per month that I work with 3 men and myself. I prefer working with the guys. I kinda like that 3:1 ratio too
Greetings All Nurses,
Nurs4kids I am not surprized! I think that is wonderful and would love to work with you sometime. With that said I would have wished a statement like that would have been said by Susy! Please do not take that for face value. I say that because the area she works is almost off limits for a male nurse (L&D) soley becuase of my anatomy! I am a male nurse and do not work in the area that mosts interests me.
With that said I will tell of what I have encountered from my experience of 11 years almost 12! From other staff on the floor I am often called to assist with transfers especially from the OR to the Med/Surg floor. In addition transfers from bed to chair and ect Not to say that I do not mind helping but I do alot of other nurses transfers and then the care for my pt's too! I am appreciated and do not mind helping where I can! Anything that I can do to help I do since nursing is a team effort to provide the best care I/we can!
From the pt's perspective I am often confused
for the Doctor, until I clarify that i am their nurse, then it is a momentary "Oh!" For those who then voice are you Gay (seldom asked but thought) I explain I am not. Like my sexuality would make a difference in mine or an other nurses care!
Then I have my neighbors who are bit on the country side who think it is funny that I am a male nurse, when he was drunk he voiced that and said "aint they like gay or perverts"?
Now to the Administration, as a LPN I will not pursue a career in management! most management positions reqiure a RN. But in some areas a male nurse is a benefit from a management POV, ie Neuro/Surg, psych. and the units, due to the brute force/strength factor. On the flip side there still is a social stigma attached with males and providing care for females. It is wrong and sexism in its rawest form! It is a form of discrimination yet it happens eveyday, so be prepered to be hired in areas where your gender may not be as great a factor! For me this has been my pet peeve and graetest job disatisfaction, I want to work in OB/GYN as a nurse, so far I worked at an abortion clinic-(burnt out on the death issue, at the time I also worked harvesting tissue from cadaevors), I volunteered as a hospital volunteerfor the pp and at the well baby nursery, and I Doula in my own private practice. This is as close to Women's Health or my desire to work in pp, well baby, or L&D! I did do some neonatal high tech home health also! I can recall several times in my school where I was actually told it was an instituion policy that a male student will not care for female clients (the females in my class were not limited by their respective gender)and at interviews for positions in L&D or Delivery room as a tech, questioned about "What and why would a male want to work in this area here?" I also get when I complain to my friends and family that I hate this discrimination, they reply "Well I just do not see why it is such a factor, my OB/GYN was/is a male!" or I hear from other nurses "A laboring women doesn't care who helps or all modesty is out the window in labor". So my question to all these managers who do not hire based upon gender (consiously or unconsciously) why they do not hire a male nurse?
Have a Blessed Day,