Quote from ItsTheDude
1. NURSING SCHOOL
a. some schools give males more ranking pts for admission, just because you're a guy (they want more guys)
c. you will see some female students really struggle with some of the physical demands (moving patients, etc), not as much of a problem for most guys (we are stronger). one less thing a guy student has to worry about during labs/clinicals
a. as stated above, my experience has been that employers prefer male nurses
why? it's basically all about money to employers
III. males in general are stronger, we can do more (aka the human forklift)
IV. relates to the strength thing again, less employee lifting/moving injuries and patient injuries (don't drop a patient)
3. STEREOTYPES OF MALE NURSES
a. gay, if you're gay great, if not get over it if someone thinks you're gay just because you're a nurse
I. most of the "are you gay" stuff i've run into, is either from a gay guy asking me or a women as her subtle way of saying i'm ok in her eyes, either way it's flattering
d. you're a doc (just because i'm a male taking care of patients doesn't mean i'm a doc, i just play one on tv, lol)
No offense taken at all Dude. But I thought I'd chime in on the stuff that I have experience with-
As far as I know my school had no preference for male applicants. MY class was about 20% male. However I was, for the first and probably last time, able to apply for and recieve a substantial minority student scholarship because I'm a white male.
I don't know if the female students I worked with struggled any more than I did. Of course they were mostly girls in their mid-20's and I'm 39.
Employment- I am not a human forklift and I don't impersonate one. Ever. I am unfortuante to have a couple of herniated lumbar disks, so I am very careful about lifts. I for darn sure won't pick somebody off the floor by myself and if I'm ever in a bind for moving someone I use a mechanical lift. Sure, it's tough on my button push9ing finger, but I can still gut it out for the rest of the day.
Frankly I see more of the female nurses trying to "muscle up" and lift pts the hard way.
The only person who ever said anything about me being gay was the husband of an instructor. She and I were talking one day and she said her husband asked if there were any men in her clinical section. She said one. I then asked if he wondered if I was gay. She said yes, and that she didn't think so (what with wearing a wedding ring, talking about my wife and daughter from time to time). I didn't care one way or the other. The only person who really cares that I'm not gay is my wife. And she's the only person that I'd care about caring.
I'm not a Doc, although I sometimes get asked. Usually it's by older patients who are a little confused. No one has seemed to care that I'm not once they learn the truth.
Anyway, that's my two cents.