Advantages/Disadvantages being a male in nursing - page 2

Alright guys, I've always had this little question in the back of my head. What exactly are the advantages or disadvantages of being a male in nursing? Or is there any advantages or disadvantages? Is... Read More

  1. by   SuesquatchRN
    You'll get promoted faster than the women. Seriously.
  2. by   corbinRN
    Quote from xptp29a
    This is a question about nursing school:

    In your opinion, with all else being equal, does a male applicant stand a better chance at getting into a program than a female applicant?
    Where I am going to school, it used to be an issue because they were trying to promote diversity, but this is no longer an issue because they thought it was too unfair, which it is...
  3. by   Ekklesia
    Quote from SteveRN21
    OH MY GOSH!!!!!

    If ONE more person asks me this at work, because I'm a guy in nursing, I'll bust a cap in their @$$
    LOL.

    I was interviewing at a "Big 3" car manufacturer for a temporary foreman position and was asked by one of the dozen or so interviewers what I was majoring in in college. I said nursing and they all busted out laughing, and started calling me "Gaylord Focker."

    I know for a fact that that department has downsized and axed over half of those guys, so I'll have the last laugh.
  4. by   ee1rn2
    My class started out w/ 10 guys and 100 females. We have lost about half. I've never heard of the "Meet the Parents" remark... I have not really heard any negative remarks. But then again, I do have a very sharp and sarcastic repartee at times. Try to find a way to diffuse the comments... or just beg your lovely female workers to come w/ you after work and show them who you get to work with! If that doesn't make them jealous and be quite, well, find new friends.
  5. by   ramonmalino
    I'm not sure if anyone else has had a similar experience, but for me a big negative is when staff decides I shouldn't be able to do something, or observe a procedure simply because I'm male. Thankfully I have only had two really distinct incidences of this.

    One was on my gero clinical when I rotated up to the urinary clinic, the day I went was a female pt. day and the staff decided, without consulting the pts. that because I was male I shouldn't be allowed in to see the procedure. Instead, I was left all alone in the waiting room with some pamphlets while the 2 nurses (one was an NP) did their assessments. I spent 2 and a half hours of my clinical watching tv and I told my instructor that the day was a complete waste of time and to never send me up there again.

    The other was on L+D when a nurse told me I could not observe a vaginal birth because I was a male, thankfully my clinical instructor "had them" and they were brass. She ignored the nurse and went to ask the pt. who, ironically enough, had a son in nursing school and actually insisited that I come in to get the experience... boy was that nurses face red
  6. by   JT RN
    As far as nursing school is concerned, I have heard that being a male applicant gives an edge for acceptance, but that's probably just rumor. Also, because grades for rotations are somewhat subjective, standing out from the crowd can be beneficial if you have a cool teacher who wants to see more males in nursing, or it can bite you in the ass if you get one of those "nursing should stay a female profession" teachers. I've seen both, and it not only affects your grade but your overall experience in that particular rotation.

    As far as working as an RN, I've heard things about physician preference and faster promotions, but so far I haven't seen much, but I only just started.
  7. by   ari3sdog
    Hmmm...let see

    Advantages
    Less guys in the unit = less competition for getting a GF

    Disadvantages
    You're the Lifting Person
    You will be hearing a lot of Woman Issues

    No major differences on pay. Just be careful not to get involve with Woman's Issues. It's not a safe environment. I experienced that a lot in Nursing school, Females talks about personal problem issues a lot more than Males. I prefer talking problems related to the job rather than personal issues.
  8. by   KnightNurse
    Quote from ari3sdog
    Hmmm...let see

    Advantages
    Less guys in the unit = less competition for getting a GF

    Disadvantages
    You're the Lifting Person
    You will be hearing a lot of Woman Issues

    No major differences on pay. Just be careful not to get involve with Woman's Issues. It's not a safe environment. I experienced that a lot in Nursing school, Females talks about personal problem issues a lot more than Males. I prefer talking problems related to the job rather than personal issues.
    The lifting part, makes me feel more manly...lol...Makes my biceps pop out of my scrubs for the female nurses to admire
  9. by   ari3sdog
    hahaha..you got that right
  10. by   Wise Guy
    I agree with everything Steve said, plus chicks dig male nurses.
  11. by   donsterRN
    Perhaps even more so than being referred to as "chicks"...
  12. by   zencmt510
    Quote from SteveRN21
    Whooeeee!

    No, there are no monetary/clinical benefits available for men in nursing. You won't get a better/worse job for being a male RN. You may have a harder time getting a job in a traditionally estrogen-rich environment such as L&D, Postpartum, etc ( I work NICU, got hired the day I applied) Well, here are some of the benefits/negatives of being a man in nursing.

    Benefits:
    You will be looked to for leadership no matter what your experience.
    You will be the yin to the other 30 female nurses yang
    Face it, you'll be somewhat of a celebrity. (I'm the only guy in Womens/Childrens services right now)

    negatives:
    You will be the go-to man for heavy lifting, nasty-old-man peri-care, squabbles.
    You'll have to listen to female problems around the clock! ;>P
    Your management may not be in tune to the way men operate and respond to leadership. This usually isn't a problem after they learn how to manage a man in addition to their 3o female nurses.

    I know this is random and confusing, but gender really doesn't matter. You're a RN. Your job is the same regardless of gender. Good luck!

    Stevern21 ~NICU/PICU
    That is one funny note you got there. I happened to open this forum because I know a few guys who works in nicu since i work at women's and children department as well. You're right about being on the spot light just because you're a male rn and hey need a little of of testosterone in our department from time to time. Anyhow, I know a male who works at labor and delivery that is because they have used to work as an OB Technician so there's nothing new to him about l & d there.

    In the end, no matter what you do what you're good at as a nurse and you are right about that


    I wonder if this question has anything to do with meet the fockers with ben stiller?
  13. by   Bo Shoi Ming
    I took a CE class this summer in Aseptic Techniques. 7 women and me,the token male. In the lab we all had to demonstrate proper sterile technique to insert a foley in male and female rubber dummies.

    I must admit embarassement with both procedures especially with 7 women observing my technique. The instructor was also a woman.

    She said when I have to do it on a woman for real it was essential that I call a female nurse into the room before the procedure.

    However, when a female nurse does a foley on a male patient she does NOT have to call a male nurse into the room prior to the procedure.

    Neither one of my patients got a UTI

    So much to learn.

    I love it,

    Bo

    ps: I passed the exam and have a certificate

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