Hey guy I am going to give this to you straight and clear and honestly.
Nursing is still very much a female dominated profession with all the attributes attitudes and progress that you have seen in any other dominated arena.
There is still somewhat of a female attitude that men are not allowed atmosphere in some areas and also with some clicks. Over all females still talk about each other behind their backs and avoid direct confrontation. Overall they still accept more of a burden and are easier to keep under control. They still say please or may I or will you. They still accept sacrifice without much protest. Overall they are still afraid to speak out or say no. Money, making demands, or refusing to do something are still considered dirty subjects. Overall, they are much quicker to follow a path that will lead them away from direct conflict. Overall, individually they will run from direct conflict and agree to demands. Overall, they will run to a third party to fight their battle and make their objections for them. Overall, they are still quicker to compromise or make concessions. Overall, they are still easily shamed or made to feel guilty in order to get them to give in or agree to do something they do not want to do. Overall, they do not make good team players by a male's description. You have to cover your back a lot more in this profession because of the silent enemies you might make. Overall they still tend to hold silent personal grudges and then tell on you instead of confronting you. Overall, they still tend to smile at you while they are writing a note to someone telling them how bad you are. Overall, they are still very scared of authority figures. Overall, they do not like to make waves in public or use direct confrontation. Overall, they like to sit back after the fact and only amongst themselves say what someone should have done or said. Overall, if one stands up to object the others either hide or bow their heads in silence. In short, overall females are still in control within the profession but not have any control over the profession as in how it functions or operates. Overall, they still tend to devalue their self worth. Any male that enters this profession needs to understand it is not like working with other men and the atmosphere is much different. A male overall, can only advance as far as the women in the profession do.
If you are coming in here as a career and not a "calling", then right now you can get a job anywhere in the hospital. The pay will more than likely not be equal to the duties, responsibilities, or workload. In the next 3 to 5 years there could be a surge of new nurses coming into the market that will hold pay down. Nursing is just now starting to increase the pay scale that was present in 1995. You can move on from the bedside into other areas of nursing such as education, law, management, administration, research, or sales. All these professions you can achieve a whole lot easier without becoming a nurse and make as much or more money. Physician's assistants on average are still making more money than Nurse Practitioners. Nurse Anesthetists are doing very well and it is has a larger percentage of males in it. It will normally require a BSN with at least 1-year of critical experience to apply to the program. Then it is a 2 year crammed clinical and curriculum program. This group of nurses has advance much farther than any other.
There is a few things I would suggest that you do right away. One is first investigate what a calling is, not just meaning but what some nurses think this entails. Second, decide where you want to be in 10 or 20 years as far as career advancement or economic status. Third, decide if you will be satisfied with slow growth in your professional career when it comes to pay. Forth, decide how much you willing to personally sacrifice if you enter this profession. Fifth, think about just how long you can take working in a female dominated field.
There are some ladies who already have or are starting to break away from the female stereotypes that men have all come to know. But there is much more that have not.
I am going to catch hell for this one Nate but.......