Ya man, welcome to nursing. There is very definitly a double standard as well as bias aginst men in nursing, I have been in nursing for 17 years and have observed it during that whole time. It's getting better. When I became a nurse less than 5% of nurses were men. Now it's 9-10% depending on whose numbers you belive.
I have never worked in any other female dominated fields so I can't speak for them. Jokes based on your anatomy are the norm and apperently acceptable. You making jokes based on female anatomy will likely be met with write ups and being fired. Being assinged to patient solely cause they are very heavy, or combative & violent, or patients who touch breasts on females will be normal and everybody will think that is appropiate. Everybody will take it for granted that that the male nurses should be assinged to those patients. You can also expect to be considered a sexual predator just wating to show his true colors. Have a young female patient? Naturaly a male will not be assinged to take care of her. This will be an assumption, not a result of patient request. I was once suspended when a crazy female, who was hospitalized after attempting sucide, claim I had groped her breasts. Well she didn't name me but she claimed "that big guy with the beard and blue shirt groped my tits" (I always wear royal blue scrubs
). Turns out I went off duty (and then left town on a trip) Monday morning, she was admitted Monday afternoon and discharged Thursday afternoon. I didn't return to the hospital (or to town for that matter) until Friday evening. She and I were never in the hospital at the same time, yet the nurse managers knee jerk reaction was to immediatly suspend me until an "investigation" could be done. That could have consisted of a quick peek at the schedual, but no, like 20 messages were left on my cell phone
telling me to contact the nurse manager immediatly while I was away. Then I had to have a "meeting" with the nurse manager and the risk manager where I was questioned for over an hour. the even checked into my background, talked to former employers asking if I had vere been accused of inapropiate behavior (never, never have). Not good for one's reputation and in this business our reputation is VERY important.
The bias is very dependant on hospital or unit culture. Some are much better than others. Bias and double standard might not exsist in all units and be extreme in others. Lucky for me I now work in a male dominated unit with a male nurse manager and it's GREAT!