To Male Nurses! - page 5

O.K., men, I've got a couple of questions to ask you! First a little history. I was asked by the vice-president of nursing (a female, by the way), along with a few other male nurses who work at... Read More

  1. by   hitechlvn
    I am a male nurse (burp) and I got started in nursing for the technical aspects as well as the opportunity to work in the air conditioning! I grew up (physically, that is) in a farming community and sure didn't want to do that ass busting work for ever.
    You can go on from a technical diploma to an associates degree to a bachelors degree and then branch to CRNA, FNP, CNS or a multitude of other in demand areas of nursing. It really is a job where you can climb from the bottom to the 'top' so to speak, or if you get tired of one 'branch' say, med/surg, you have a million and one ways to go, and you don't have to change your whole professional skill base to do it (like going from driving tractors to say, selling insurance). Good luck with this!!!!

    Jimmie
    The LVN on the way up!
  2. by   donmurray
    Something else for the 8th graders, if you go the lower-tech route, in care of the elderly, you can fart at will, surrounded by lots of other suspects!
  3. by   cmggriff
    Don, I resemble that remark.
    :roll :roll :roll Gary
  4. by   alansmith52
    I hate to burst the lovey dovey, pitter patter, fluffy bubble going on here but.
    honestly: would you be a nurse if you had it to do over. would you stay a nurse?
    I think this is like peddling drugs to 8th graders. yes, ruin their lives now why wait. I can see it now. a big poster board with a picture of a nurse sticking his finger up some old ladies buttocks. then at the bottom. "THIS COULD BE YOU"
    oh no wait I got it. just show them "Meet the Parents" I know that once my parents and brothers watched it. They surley had a new found respect for me.
    why teach them to aspire to mediocrity, "a middle income sounds great"
    I hope you guys don't wear prints on your scrubs.
    Why am I a nurse? good question. I ask myself that everyday. I have just completed my seventh year of college to get my BSN and I feel like a full fledged loser.
    matt

    p.s. now before you get all defensive think about the latest most humanly deaming thing youve done and tell me that is what you want for your son.
  5. by   mario_ragucci
    Originally posted by Harleyhead
    show these men out of uniform are still men doing cool stuff ie; horse motorcycle jet ski riding.
    Real men drive SUV's, talk on cell phones and drink coffee. Lol!
  6. by   MHN
    Ted maybe there should be some in put about teamwork. also why does there have to be a focus on the label "malenurses" they are really only nurses who happen to be men as well.show the kids that nurses can be of either gender.

    MHN (RN,RM,MHN) nurse as well as MM
  7. by   mark_LD_RN
    Originally posted by alansmith52
    I hate to burst the lovey dovey, pitter patter, fluffy bubble going on here but.
    honestly: would you be a nurse if you had it to do over. would you stay a nurse?
    I think this is like peddling drugs to 8th graders. yes, ruin their lives now why wait. I can see it now. a big poster board with a picture of a nurse sticking his finger up some old ladies buttocks. then at the bottom. "THIS COULD BE YOU"
    oh no wait I got it. just show them "Meet the Parents" I know that once my parents and brothers watched it. They surley had a new found respect for me.
    why teach them to aspire to mediocrity, "a middle income sounds great"
    I hope you guys don't wear prints on your scrubs.
    Why am I a nurse? good question. I ask myself that everyday. I have just completed my seventh year of college to get my BSN and I feel like a full fledged loser.
    mattp.s. now before you get all defensive think about the latest most humanly deaming thing youve done and tell me that is what you want for your son.
    well MATT you seem like a full fledged loser!

    first of i choose to be a nurse ,I choose to stay a nurse and i support my sons choice to be a nurse. It is hard to believe that you feel the way you do and stay in nursing sounds like you need out. I guess you got into it for the wrong reasons. I do not see it as mediocricy I make far more than middle income, (and yes I feel nurses are underpaid,but money is not everything)

    why would you take 7 yrs to get your BSN if you hate it so much. is their not something else you could do?

    i do not wear prints on my scrubs, and as far as the MOVIe MEET THE PARENTS there will always be idiots out there that view nurses that way, that is their problem not mine.

    let me think > the most demeaning thing I had to do recently,HuMMMM oh yea I clean up a patient and her baby after birth, real demeaning to care for someone in need and to have to clean them up. HA. if thats the way you feel you are a jerk and choose the wrong profession! and yes I would be proud of my son if he was able to provide the care for people like i do.

    let be be in my mediocre job,wear my green scrubs and settle for my pitiful middle income of $128,000 this yr. let me know what you found that is better and makes you happy MATT. good luck in your search you are going to need alll the help you can get with your attitude.
  8. by   mark_LD_RN
    Originally posted by MHN
    Ted maybe there should be some in put about teamwork. also why does there have to be a focus on the label "malenurses" they are really only nurses who happen to be men as well.show the kids that nurses can be of either gender.

    MHN (RN,RM,MHN) nurse as well as MM

    very good point ! I absolutely hate the term MALE NURSE I am a nurse . I do not see the term female doctor used much
  9. by   alansmith52
    "proud to provide care" listen to the way we speak, sounds like we are butlers or shoveurs, shoe salesmen here let me help you with that.
    Men, it is time to stand up and take pride. what would it hurt if we all wore a shirt and tie to work. maybe you would get some blood on yourself every once in a while, but would it be worth some respect. I think so.
  10. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by l.rae
    *****??...James, my lad...you think male nurses are much better than.....what?.......Perhaps that little piece of extra equipment gives you SUPER NURSE powers...hmmmm?...Your reply is so demeaning to nurses..male and female...that l don't know where to begin to try to educate you...we'll wait till you "qualify"....life has it's own way of educating ..... .....LR
    l.rae, I knew that someone was going to speak up about this *&^* remark . I don't know if I could have been as diplomatic as you were. Thanks for saying what a lot of us would have liked to say in response.

    I have a lot of respect for both male and female nurses.

    Good luck with your presentation Ted.

    Kris
  11. by   Ted
    Back to the topic on hand.

    It's the hospital administration that wants a video produced geared towards 8th grade males. I would prefer to produce an educational video about Nursing regardless of the gender issue(s).

    There are issues, though, surrounding how the general public perceives the nursing profession. . .and males who are nurses.

    I was working in the E.R. last week. A young boy (an 8th grader, actually!) was being worked up after a snowboarding accident. We talked about a lot of things. At one point, we discussed healthcare and jobs and I asked him if he would consider being a nurse, a doctor, a x-ray tech (he was most certainly interested in viewing his own x-rays!). Much to my surprise, he said "No" to being a nurse becuase it was a "female profession"! I wasn't even thinking "Male" or "Female"! ! !I was just wondering if he was interested in the healthcare profession as a whole!

    Stereo types persist. The sooner we acknowledge it, the sooner we can work to bust those stereo-types.

    When I was in nursing school both for the ASN and the BSN degress, there were only a few males in each graduating class. Sadly, this is not new. I've read many a posts here saying the same thing. What can be done to change this?!?!? As much as I want to work on a project that would recruit ANYONE, maybe this particular project will help destigmatize significant misconceptions about the nursing profession to a young audience. . . in particular, the young 8th grade male audience.

    Certainly, the Nursing Profession is NOT a gender-based profession. It's just so sad that a seemingly significant percentage of people seem to think that Nursing is some kind of cutsie, "obedient to the Doctor", "super-caring", sexy-female job. The media sure isn't helping the profession! ! ! Unfortunately, many people seem to learn the many misconceptions about nursing through the media. And if the statistics are correct regarding the high percentage of youth who watch television, then there most certainly are a lot of young people (both male and female) who can be lead to believe that nurses are big-busted ladies in short skirts who say "Yes" to every MD's "command".

    The more I think about THAT, the more eager I am in helping produce this particular video! My goal is to bash those freaking misconceptions! And do it in an entertaining way, of course.

    Now for an aside. Someone responded to this post in a way that seem to show some burn-out. To that person. . . or to anyone who feels wildly burnt out. . . take care of yourself!!! If you need to, take a break from nursing. Take a break, period! Having been burnt-out before, myself, (for MANY different reasons) I did take a break. I got out of nursing for a while. I needed it! Interestingly, though, I am now back in the nursing profession. This time only after a lot of thought, soul-searching, and counceling. This time in an environment where I KNOW burn-out will not be an issue. (Job security yes, burn-out, no! But that's another story for another thread for another time.)

    We need to take care of ourselves in this very demanding profession. Burn out does not happen over night. And it usually involves more than just the tough "day to day job". I had to learn a whole different set of coping skills. Additionally, I purposely accepted a nursing position that I knew I could handle and meet MY needs. We need to take care of ourselves. . . . whatever "THAT" may be.

    Peace, folks! My respect to you all!

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on Jan 5, '03
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    Originally posted by alansmith52
    "proud to provide care" listen to the way we speak, sounds like we are butlers or shoveurs, shoe salesmen here let me help you with that.
    Men, it is time to stand up and take pride. what would it hurt if we all wore a shirt and tie to work. maybe you would get some blood on yourself every once in a while, but would it be worth some respect. I think so.
    Alan,
    I believe you are perhaps thinking that certain careers will give you respect while others will not.
    I have been a nurse for 16 years now and have EARNED the respect that I have.
    You can wear a shirt and tie to bed if you want. You will have the same amount of respect as when you wear scrubs.
    I believe it's the attitude and pride you carry, the effort you put into your job that decides what you get out of it.
    If you really want to be a butler or a shoe salesman and love the job then you will have the respect you yearn for.
    You cannot expect others to respect you until you first respect yourself.
    -Russell
  13. by   Rustyhammer
    Oh and Ted?
    I think the video is a GREAT idea.
    -Russell

    ps: sorry about getting off on a tangent.

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