Reccomend a gender neutral title to replace "Nurse"!

  1. Other professional titles such as mailman or stewardess have been replaced with gender neutral titles like postal worker and flight attendant, and as someone put it before on the forums here the term nurse implies an act that by definition requires having mammaries! what would you reccomend as a gender neutral replacement title?
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  3. by   rn/writer
    Not trying to give you a hard time, but males have mammaries, too.
  4. by   Keptonkurtis
    Medical Moderator.
  5. by   HippyGreenPeaceChick
    Sorry I like being called a Nurse. I do not believe in gender neutrality. I do not even see the purpose of it.
  6. by   AZ_LPN_8_26_13
    Quote from keithjones
    Other professional titles such as mailman or stewardess have been replaced with gender neutral titles like postal worker and flight attendant, and as someone put it before on the forums here the term nurse implies an act that by definition requires having mammaries! what would you reccomend as a gender neutral replacement title?
    I guess that I fail to see how the title "nurse" is in any way "gender-specific", at least in regard to how it's used today... Yes, I'm aware of the origins of the word, and the history of nursing, and all of that. I think we've progressed quite a ways beyond that however. I'm a guy, studying to be a nurse, and I can't wait to proudly wear that title. Nothing wrong with it at all.

    BTW - I'm not really a big fan of "gender neutral language" myself.... In many cases it sounds contrived, stilted, and a bit odd.
  7. by   azhiker96
    I have no problem with the title "nurse". It's no more gender specific than the title "doctor". I remember hearing the phrase "woman doctor" when I was a kid just as we might hear "male nurse" today. As more men enter the profession, the assumption of a certain gender will fade.
  8. by   ana tomy
    I think you are the one having a problem with the title Nurse..I would wonder why?
  9. by   Cherish
    Patient Advocate
  10. by   keithjones
    It was meant to be a lighthearted fun thread... I don't have any problem with the title nurse, I have more of a problem with "male nurse" as many people feel obliged to add the "male" descriptor. With that in mind any alternatives that preclude a gender specific descriptor being used?

    No DON recommendations as Concierge or Room Service are definitely out... LOL!
  11. by   P_RN
    enfermita has a certain ring to it. for female and enfermito for male

    hey people make new words every day.
    Last edit by P_RN on Jun 15, '09
  12. by   P_RN
    hooteress and hooterless? j/k seriously
  13. by   swirlything
    You may have started the thread lightheartedly, but I completely agree that we should change the title, and I've been saying it for a long time. Nurse IS gender specific. The word means to suckle an infant at the breast, which only females can do.

    I think it should be changed because nobody except nurses know what nurses are! Everyone knows what doctors do. Everyone knows what,say, a dental hygienist does; nobody knows what it is exactly that nurses do. And because of what the public THINKS nurses do, nurses are not respected.... we are trusted, but we are NOT respected. I think changing the title could be a way to change this perception.
  14. by   Hekate
    at least we don't get called "sister" like in the uk! that would definitely be a difficult title for a male to wear! unless there is a male equivalent?
    brother ?
    just kiddin!

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