I passed the nclex last week and wanted to say to all the dudes out there considering this biz or already in nursing school: DO IT! We need more men doing this. Times are changing. One of the managers at my hospital said they now get more female doctor applicants than men. I think traditionally men have been about 5% of nurses. But in my class of 100 or so, there must have been about 20-25. Times are changing.
I work in an ER and I tell you that a work shift with me and two other guys is so much more relaxed, drama-free. Many of the lady RNs I work with admit they much prefer working with men.
When I was growing up and thought about a nurse, it was a lady with all white who would encourage you or get you a cold pack for your injury. I don't really know what I thought about how knowledgeable they were compared to a doctor. Now, having just finished nursing school, I know firsthand there is a LOT of science, technical things and skills, leadership, decision-making, etc that goes into this and these are things many men are good at. I also really like to help people. And I have noticed many patients like the calm, reassuring demeanor that myself and other males try to exude, and some even tell you so. So I praise God that I was led to this after being laid off from law enforcement. And whatever field you may be in, or if you are thinking about this being a first career, I say DO IT!