The Male Nurse

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    Not to start a ***** session - just light hearted.

    I noticed a few male nurses post here. Do you guys ever get tired of these comments?

    1. Are you a male nurse?
    2. Are you going to get your MD?
    3. Can you get me the nurse Doctor?
    4. Patients who call you doc and doctor when they fully know you are a nurse.
    5. Hollywood portrayels like in "Meet the Parents"
    6. Those idiot male nurses who rape, abuse, or mercy kill.
    7. The patients who feel compelled to recall their experience with male nurses in the past and tell you they feel male nurses are far superior to female nurse.

    I love being a nurse sometimes. I always love being a male. Occasionally I love being a male nurse. I know it isn't just me who hears all these things. Some times it is a hoot. I want to say oops you missed a line. LOL

    HotSpam
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    I actually don't get tired of them, nor do they bother me. Often they make me laugh and I share them with others.
    But you left out the most obvious one. Male nurse = gay nurse. I have had more fun with this one than any other. Many of my friends who are nurses, some gay, some not, have shared absolutely the funnest events over this preception. Although, a politically touchy subject,and maybe not for this forum.
    My daughter had the school system convinced she was from an alternative livestyle couple throughout her middle school years. (My wife has a boy name). She repeated the event in high-school, we actually went along with it. I couldn't help it, it was to funny!!


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    I hear #7 the most. No offense intended, to other healthcare professionals. At least we are not in Australia and called sisters. I do get tired, but not annoyed, from these repetitive questions. Maybe it our cultural bias, or naivete of the customers. Usually they are just trying to intiate a conversation, or trying to "butter us" up to please themselves or their care provider. I wonder, what they tell our female counterparts. You also forgot about the homo phobia. Assuming nurses, who happen to have the male gender, are homosexual. We don't have much media promoting males in the glamorous profession of nursing. One male wanted to change the name of nurses, but physican assistant was already chosen. I don't think of myself as a male nurse, a nurse will do just fine, thanks.
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    Something I've been getting quite a bit that kind of cracks me up is some of the more elderly guys call me honey. I don't know if it's out of habit or if the percocets are working a little too well but I'll be on my way out the door and I'll hear "thanks honey".
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    And don't you guys get tired of us women asking you to help lift? Ha ha. I've made a conscious effort to stop that!
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    Good for you Sunny. Have you noticed how the males seem to get the biggest, and the behavior problem customers. As well as the ones that don't speak English as their first language. Sorry to get off the track. No offense intended to the female health care professionals.
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    Laughter is the best remedy and tool. I have had all the experiences you mentioned. I have had MDs' completely disregard a female nurse and attempt to discuss their patient with me, until I state I am not the nurse they need. ALL my experiences have been positive though. I have never experienced the "eat the young" syndrome. My son is graduating as a nurse next month, my daughter is graduating with a degree in business and I am glad to see barriers coming down. I work now as a death investigator and most of the detectives I work with are females...........! Still some some people with locked minds though.

    Originally posted by HotSpam:
    Not to start a ***** session - just light hearted.

    I noticed a few male nurses post here. Do you guys ever get tired of these comments?

    1. Are you a male nurse?
    2. Are you going to get your MD?
    3. Can you get me the nurse Doctor?
    4. Patients who call you doc and doctor when they fully know you are a nurse.
    5. Hollywood portrayels like in "Meet the Parents"
    6. Those idiot male nurses who rape, abuse, or mercy kill.
    7. The patients who feel compelled to recall their experience with male nurses in the past and tell you they feel male nurses are far superior to female nurse.

    I love being a nurse sometimes. I always love being a male. Occasionally I love being a male nurse. I know it isn't just me who hears all these things. Some times it is a hoot. I want to say oops you missed a line. LOL

    HotSpam
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    I get tired of that whole gay bussiness. But once I had a homophobic teenage client (19) who was a quad. that I made skilled visits QOD to do rectal stims and deimpaction as part of a bowel program. He once made the statement to me and a male aid working with him that he has to interview all care givers to make sure they are not gay and he insisted on male nurses to do his rectal stims since it often cuased an erection and he did not want to be embarrassed with a female. Well anyway the aid and I began to use a lisp and hand gestures as if we were flaming gays, that lasted about 10 minutes then we told him we were joking!

    Seriously I work with female clients and once I had one make aqusations that made me very mad. She claimed I had fondeled her breast while dressing her! I was taken back when a SGT. from the local P.D. interviewed me about this, after the damage was done I was cleared but I thought seriously how this could have been avoided and the only solution would have been for me to have a female in the room during care. Somewhat defeats the point of hiring a male nurse in a med/surg enviroment I could be the all time lifter and limited to males who do not think I am GAY. Frustrating I almost quite Nursing over this incident that never happened, nor would it. On a personal note I was a victim of rape at age 16 and to have someone say some crap like that about me really hurt more than the whispers in the hallway. It has been a year and a half since then and I still feel alot of anger towards that client for all the BS I got from something that never happened! I wrote more about this issue on my page at http://www.geocities.com/4birthing/gender1.html

    [This message has been edited by jamistlc (edited April 19, 2001).]
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    Originally posted by HotSpam:
    Not to start a ***** session - just light hearted.

    I noticed a few male nurses post here. Do you guys ever get tired of these comments?

    1. Are you a male nurse?
    2. Are you going to get your MD?
    3. Can you get me the nurse Doctor?
    4. Patients who call you doc and doctor when they fully know you are a nurse.
    5. Hollywood portrayels like in "Meet the Parents"
    6. Those idiot male nurses who rape, abuse, or mercy kill.
    7. The patients who feel compelled to recall their experience with male nurses in the past and tell you they feel male nurses are far superior to female nurse.

    I love being a nurse sometimes. I always love being a male. Occasionally I love being a male nurse. I know it isn't just me who hears all these things. Some times it is a hoot. I want to say oops you missed a line. LOL

    HotSpam

    I never hear any of that. Just kididng, i hear it all the time, the gay thing ****** me off, especially the only other "male"nure on our floor is gay as they come. The other stuff doesn't bother me, if they get an attidude with me they get an enema Just kidding.
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    one of my fondest desires is to work in an L&D setting. I am presently in Oklahoma and there is no way that will happen here. I love the entire wellness model that most L&D's are based on. I have worked in the newborn nursery, post-partum and women's services. I just can't crack the L&D barrier, so, I have decided to play on the you must be gay attitude towards male nurses. I am willing to bet that if I am preceived to be gay it will be much easier to get into an L&D position. So, when I move in the near future, I will not try to dispel the rumors about me, I will share hair color tips and cooking tips with all my fellow female nurses and I will go by a new name, something masculine, yet with a touch of femininity. If it works, I may just get to that spot in L&D that is waiting for me. So very shortly I will be running a contest to come up with a new name for work. Perhaps something like Robbie or Kelly.


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