Men in the nursing field?

  1. I was wondering what types of experiences other males have had in nursing school?
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  3. by   CEN35
    Any Chance on being more specific?
    I certainly did not have any favoratism, even though the female students thought that male students received it. A grade was a grade, no ifs ands, or buts. No female male or neuter. You got what you earned.

    CEN
  4. by   RN27
    Sorry, I should have been more spacific. I have worked in the Army, and I am working with Fire/Rescue right now. From my experience, while on courses and on the job certain male members have been resistent towards female co-workers. These individuals tended to justifity their opinions with negative female sterotyptes. I was wondering if these opinions existed in some nursing schools, and in certain work places. Why do I ask? I have a sociolgy degree and these sort of things interest me.
  5. by   CEN35
    RN27 - Let me say I have never personally resented any female coworker, on the basis of just being a female. To my knowledge, no other male employees that I know resent female employees because of gender. Any resentment on my part comes from, coworkers that don't get along well with others, coworkers that are plain lazy, or coworkers that think they know it all, when they don't. Nobody knows it all, myself included. There is always room to learn. Personally I would rather work with the females, rather than most of the males.

    CEN
  6. by   clc19k30
    I honestly think that male students are given more of a leeway. There have been too many instances that should have failed me out of the program, when I was given a second chance. I don't think that the instructors are being this way consciously, it is just them looking out for the new kids on the block type of idea. Society assumes that women are to be nurses. By helping the man make his way through the program they are helping to change this image?


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  7. by   Fhish
    Hey, guys, how about a 52 year old man changing careers and returning to school to become a nurse? Any tips for this old dog to keep in mind. I start this Fall in North California.
  8. by   drivas
    I'm a 54 yr old female who just graduated from nursing school.. it was a complete change of career for me as well.. artist to nurse. you will graduate at my age... Go for it.. ps. my 30 year old son just graduated also and took his nclex today.. Im waiting for my seat.. good luck...
  9. by   bluesboyj
    As a 47 yo male with 15+ yrs. as an RN I can say there was no favortisim in my class or clinical. Where I went, during our OB/GYN rotation, we were expected to do any shave prep the doctor ordered on our patient, enemas, watch delieveries, change peri pads, do peri lights, anything the female student was expected to do, we were expected to do. I think I could still accurately check for dilitation and effacement. I know guys who went to much bigger schools who never sat foot in an OB area. North Carolina sounds like a good place to go to nursing school. Hang in ther. It's worth it. And to the mother and son nurses, I know you'll both pass NCLEX. Good luck to you all.

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    Blues Forever
  10. by   barryaw32
    All I have to say on this subject is that 8 men started in my class and only 2 are left and I was the 5th to be removed with the statement that I was a male chauvinist pig..........that comment by the Female Dean of Health Sciences. The comment was also made that I did not know how to be tactful in dealing with people......tactful????????? I guess that the statement of chauvinist pig is tactful. All this started from my asking how my technique was wrong to clarify.
  11. by   jov
    Quote from RN27
    I am working with Fire/Rescue right now. From my experience, while on courses and on the job certain male members have been resistent towards female co-workers. These individuals tended to justifity their opinions with negative female sterotyptes. I was wondering if these opinions existed in some nursing schools, and in certain work places. Why do I ask? I have a sociolgy degree and these sort of things interest me.
    Hi RN27. I'm one of those females who worked in Fire/Rescue. I know exactly what you are talking about. I remember being told by one department that they would never have full time females as firefighters (and therefore bunking in the firehouse) because the guys' wives would never allow it.

    I think female nurses are not threatened by male nurses. And I do not see resistance to men in nursing school or on the job. JMHO
  12. by   locolorenzo22
    Personally, I think my classmates are starting to see me as "one of the girls". The other day on break, I found myself sitting at a table with 7 other students as they all started talking about pregnancy, stretch marks, and then showing each other their marks right in the cafeteria! I think that's a good indication of how you KNOW you're a nursing student!
  13. by   ZASHAGALKA
    I had a few experiences in school where I felt at a disadvantage being a guy.

    1. 3rd Sem Clinical Instructor basically told me right out she would fail me. I reported it when she said it, and when the issue came up, the higher ups were aware of my claim and that fact, combined with the absurd nature of why I was going to be 'failed', saved me. (I labeled IV tubing but didn't put the 'right info' on it - never was told what info it should have had besides date/time/initials.) I was placed in another clinical group and did fine. (That CI failed 3 and lost me to another group so had a 50% attrition rate: 4/8 gone. Her first - and last semester.)

    2. Floor nurse in clinicals reported me and pitched a fit that I wasn't sent home for making a 'MAJOR' charting error. The error: I only documented the blood glucose level in 2 of the 3 places I was supposed to chart it. When my CI stood up for me, she poked a finger in my chest and said, "YOU MEN. You wait until we paved the way and NOW you're going to come and take what we earned. NO NO NO. Not on my watch you won't."

    3. On the other hand, one of my first clinical days, I had a doc ask me a question. I was so green, I don't even know what he asked - way over my head. My phD instructor, standing right by me, answered his question about my patient. He looked her in the eye and said, very coldly, "I didn't ask you." After that, my instructor picked my jaw up off the floor.

    Otherwise, besides the biggest favoritism of all: being bumped to the front of the waiting list because I was a guy - I didn't notice any favoritism during the program itself.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Oct 22, '06
  14. by   BoonersmomRN
    Our class is very close...we have 7 males and they are all AWESOME. It's always nice to have a helping hand moving a patient with a strong male counterpart! Not that we females are wimps- we arent- but the males in my group were always looking to help out. 5 of them are EMT's.

    The male nurses I have met during clinicals have also been awesome as well.

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