any male nurses to share experiences

  1. I am a 32 year old male thinking about going into nursing from the teaching field. I have heard stories about men who face discrimination. I would like to hear from male nurses or students and their experiences in this line of work and what area of nursing you work in. Thanks.
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  3. by   PaulMedik
    Quote from LaughingDog72
    I am a 32 year old male thinking about going into nursing from the teaching field. I have heard stories about men who face discrimination. I would like to hear from male nurses or students and their experiences in this line of work and what area of nursing you work in. Thanks.


    LaughingDog72:

    I have yet to witness any discrimination against a male nurse after 17 years in EMS and the last two in nursing school and now in an ER as a GN (Hopefully an RN now depending on today's test!). My instructors in school didn't have a hint of prejudice and none of the various hospital's staff that I encountered displayed any untoward reactions.

    I do have to admit that it may have occured and I simply missed it, because I'm not looking for it and don't expect it to occur.

    You will run into an occasional Doc who needs an attitude adjustment, but their attitude seems to be equally misdirected at both male and female nurses. It has been my experience that the attitude is usually a cover for weak or inadequate ability on their part.

    So my advice is to dive right in. You'll love it and the profession will forgive your sexual persuasion. :hatparty:
  4. by   Tweety
    No discrimination here. Welcome!

    I've heard females complain of the opposite. That there's favoritism for male nurses and they make more money. Go figure.

    Just be the best nurse you can be and all will be o.k.
  5. by   UK2USA
    Welcome LaughingDog72,


    I concur with my colleagues to say that the only discrimination I have experienced has probably been favouritism! You occasionally get the odd comment from people who cannot understand men in a female dominated profession, but guess what... 10 females for every man. It certainly made my training exciting. Good luck to you.
  6. by   galenight
    oops.........
    Last edit by galenight on Jun 30, '04 : Reason: Thought better of my initial response
  7. by   Ari RN
    I've never seen or heard any male's being discriminated while I was in nursing school. Everyone loves us. Female nurses do get jealous, but what can we do? Just smile back at them. :chuckle Many times patient's and family have mistaken me of being a Doctor. I take it as a compliment. We males nurses are here to stay for the long run.


  8. by   PaulMedik
    Quote from Ari RN
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    Many times patient's and family have mistaken me of being a Doctor. I take it as a compliment.


    Yeah that happens a lot. It annoys me though....Don't know why but it does. :imbar
  9. by   jaimealmostRN
    Quote from PaulMedik
    Yeah that happens a lot. It annoys me though....Don't know why but it does. :imbar
    :chuckle That has always annoyed me too and I'm a female. I doubt you will find too much discrimination from fellow employees (but maybe from an 80 year old woman pt. I just had would couldn't grasp the concept of a female doctor!). Good luck!
  10. by   LaughingDog72
    I am glad to hear the positive feedback. Being a straight male I do look forward to being in the company of so many intelligent, beautifull, and caring females.
  11. by   Tweety
    Quote from LaughingDog72
    I am glad to hear the positive feedback. Being a straight male I do look forward to being in the company of so many intelligent, beautifull, and caring females.
    You might get flamed for that one. Sounds a bit sexist, so watch out.
  12. by   Rep
    I am a male nurse, too. You can be quite a darling if you are the only one in the unit or hospital. They would let you do all the heavy tasks. Watch out and good luck to your plan.
  13. by   wjf00
    I have never had a problem with discrimination either. But I do work in a NICU. It seemed to me I was expected as a student on a Med/Surg floor, to take all the 200+ lb patients that needed help with moving.
  14. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from LaughingDog72
    I am glad to hear the positive feedback. Being a straight male I do look forward to being in the company of so many intelligent, beautifull, and caring females.
    Oink, oink! This isn't Penthouse, buddy, and if you want to survive, you'll get over your testosteronized mentality.

    You'll be making more money than we will, just like any other profession. And in case you hadn't noticed, there are a lot of males in nursing, most of them straight, just like you suggest you are.

    Why would we care about your sexual identity? If you're a good nurse, that's what's important, and we like to think that our abilities as good nurses is what you care about. Whether your plumbing is indoor or outdoor doesn't have anything to do with anything--oh! gee! that's the same as every other setting except for sex....

    I guess you've got some time to grow up.

    Good luck, and welcome to the profession.

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