I'm aware that the words 'Gay' and 'Nursing' may somehow go hand-and-hand for some, and others may find it comical, but I've found it quite uncomfortable being gay and a male, nursing student simply because people tend to treat you differently-whether that is not being taken seriously or socially treated like one of the women nurses and/or techs.
Although I keep my personal and work life separate and I have a passion for nursing, but many people still seem to pick up that "vibe" then judge me accordingly. Sometimes I feel like I have to work harder than the other students simply because many people tend to associate gay men with a long list of stereotypical humor and cruelty.
If there are any other gay, male nursing students OR Nurses out there, share your coping mechanisms while in class and/or on the job.
May 24, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN
As a nurse of 34 years.....the sexual preference of any of my co-workers has ever been apart of any discussion or consideration. If however your mannerisms are......overtly flamboyant like Mario Cantone, Carson Kressley or one of Ru Paul's drag queens (which by the way is one of my guilty pleasures). I would suggest that you try to maintain a more professional demeanor when in clinicals or at work.
I am sorry you are experiencing this kind of behavior....
.One would think we have progressed in our evolutionary process past this petty stuff. Nurses have been the stereotype brunt of jokes for years.
If I heard one more "do you know why nurses have dirty knees" joke or "how do you tell who the head nurse is.....by the dirty knees"or one more reference about the latest adult film about the dirty little nurse......I swear the next time will stab their eyes out.
I actually hear the music from psycho and fantasize about stabbing the moron to death.
But I don't.....sigh........
I just pity them in their ignorance and feel sorry that they are so emotionally crippled and mentally deficient that I can only feel pity with wisps of disgust.
Consider the source....move on and be the best nurse you can be.
Last edit by Esme12 on May 24, '12