Forgetaboutit :-) Your gonna be around women who will stereo-type you as a male. This you can't avoid. Then there were the CNA women I trained with (separate from nursing school) who had pre-historic mindsets and thought I was not capable of caring at all, that I should be a fireman or factory worker and leave the caring jobs to women. Then you may run across the women who will assume you are effeminate for choosing nursing, and they'll assume you are gay deep down inside. Women are different than men, but caring is a skill we all can have. Some women I find have had few male friends. Many women nursing students are straight-away married and perhaps not familiar with how to carry a non-commiting relationship with another male, so they'll act panicy around you, avoid your eye contact to the max, you name it. Then there are the women who will try to pick up on you just to feeel you out and see if you'll react to them. Take care when you are relaxed. If you try to make a joke, remember: they are the majority, and many women will use that fact to make an a$$ of you, for their amusement, and you might not know it. These experiences I gathered from my CNA training i recently completed, which had a little more "hard-core" brand of women, I guess.
So far at nursing school things are not so bad. I am happy to have went through the rough times with the rough women during CNA training, because now I am experienced. Out of 80 seats in the nursing class I am in, i think there are 3-4 guys (gulp) The hardest part for me is the ignoring. Unlike men, I find women will ignore you totally as a guy, where, say, if a womam went to work in some predominately male job, she would be the center. I have to initiate all the conversations, even with many women I took pre-req's with. I think it has to do with them having a single male relationship their entire life, or something.
Last week, in nursing school, we had to give each other bed-baths. The 20-something woman who was my partner was so scared of me. She kept holding the book in front of her face in some attempt to shield herself from looking at me. It bothered me how the rest of the class kinda acted strange when pairing up. She had to be assigned to me. But after the bed bath, she was relaxed with me, and I hope she can talk to the other women in the class and mention how I am cool and really authentic. I gave her one hell of a bath and backrub :-)
There should be a class for us men that would help us to deal with the stereo-types we can expect to be placed on us. At least recognise it.
All in all, like anything new, it will be a little hard at first. Since your married, they might accept you more willingly. Especially if you broadcast about your wife as much as I hear the women broadcasting about their husbands. Women like to talk about their husbands. I think marriage is like some club your in, because if you are single, you are definately not in the same circle as the married students. You'll be all right.
Best of luck with you, and, from my end, i like the challenge. I will over-come the stereotypes and be the best nurse there is, just like I am sure you will be. Welcome aboard!!!!!!
And this is maybe just an attempt on my part to get some of the women out there to talk
The times they are a changing, and I am proud to be part of the change. Many guys I know don't have the guts to be nurses. Nurses are special people, that is for sure!
You know it!:roll