A prospective male nurse here.
I am currently working in the early childhood education field, which is another field that is dominated by women in the work force.
Being a man in a childhood education field, there were certain things that women could do that I could not do, such as toileting a female child, when my female co-workers would freely work with both female and male children. I have also been turned down a student support position for being a man (specifically mentioned by the parent) since the client was a 13 year old girl, when I see women working with teenaged boys all the time as a student support.
I personally do not care whether I am working with male or female children in my education job, but I felt that if women could freely work with both male and female children, when I can only mainly work with male children, it gives me a disadvantage in terms of progressing in this field. This is one of the reasons I wanted to get out of childhood education field.
So I want to ask the male nurses: are there any jobs that you are not allowed to do? And do you feel that it gives you a disadvantage in progressing in the nursing field?
I've heard that men might face challenges in OB due to the personal preferences of some laboring women (though it can be done). However, we love having guys in Peds and NICU, if that floats your boat.
The only skills-related challenge I can think of is that you could need a second observer in the room when placing urinary catheters depending on policy (it's kind of nice to have a second set of hands in there, anyway). Otherwise, you should be golden.
OB is probably the only unit that it may be difficult to get into, although there are men who have worked many years in OB. I have had no issues with getting hired into NICU and families could care less that I am male, all they care about is getting their baby healthy and go home.
OB is just about the only field/unit that I have ever known for men to
have a hard time being able to work. In fact the hospital where I started
my career, had a rule prohibiting male nurses or aides from working
that unit. If I remember correctly anyway.
That moment when you want to go into L&D and possibly pursue midwifery afterwards, but your a male...
Typically speaking, no. However I always think about my patients, their privacy and include them as drivers of their care when Im able to. If a patient requests a female to help them toilet, etc then I dont take offense to that and help.