I told my family that I want to be a nurse and my brother laughed and dissed at me.
Yeah, as a guy, some of my friends make fun of me and joke around (nothing too bad since we are good friends) but then I think of the pathways made in life and know that I settled for a good career with stability and decent pay. I am more mature than to be down and sad on what people have to say about me. I have a friend who said only women should be in nursing and I laughed but I did not say anything to defend myself because he works as a delivery driver at Hungry Howie's for the past few years and has no education (we are the same age) and I know I could have dissed him back but I decided to spare him .
Jul 19, '17
To be honest, nope. Of course, getting a nursing license in my mid-50's had something to do with it, I'm sure... :-)
If anything, I was surprised at the supportiveness of people in general - got fist bumps and high-fives from total strangers when I got my license. Having patients calling you 'Doc' doesn't hurt, either...
Jul 20, '17
This male nurse section is full of pointless questions like this. What answer are you looking for? Either yes everyone has siblings make fun of them or no we don't. Figure out what you want to do and do it. Im confused about what the problem is.
Jul 22, '17
Nope. All of my friends are supportive and even my coworkers are sad that I will be leaving to further my education.
I have many male colleagues who are nurses. My family is very supportive. In today's day and age, it's very common for men to pursue nursing.
You'll be okay. While your brother is laughing at you now, you will be laughing on your way to the bank when you're banking 60-100K/year.
Jul 26, '17
I'm a male nurse and I'm in nurse anesthesia school. How about that?!
Jul 27, '17
Grow a thicker skin and don't care what anyone thinks about your decision.
Aug 9, '17
My father did for a while...that is, until he had a stroke and I saved his life. Never in my life have I tasted a more bitter bit of schadenfreude.
He's on his way to a full recovery and we've never been closer. He even admitted to me that he had no idea that nurses knew and did so much before he had his stroke and started to take an interest in what I'm learning. The selfish part of me is happy but the greater part of me would give it all away if it would mean that he never suffered a CVA.
Anyway, other than my father, everyone has been extremely supportive. I field health-related questions at least twice a week. This ain't the 50's anymore!