So, a question has arisen in my mind since I have been in CNA class waiting for nursing school to start.
There are only 2 guys in my class of 25, and the other guy is married and I'm gay. After doing clinicals in the hospital, I have yet to see another gay male CNA or nurse.
Where does this stereotype come from? I am not seeing it at all.
I think the stereotype comes from people's perception that nursing is a career for females and why on earth would a male want to do it. "He must be gay".
I imagine women truck drivers have to contend with the same stereotyping.
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Jan 18, '08
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I find my experience to be quite a contrast from al7139's. It was usually some of the female patients who had a problem with me doing EKG's, starting foleys or helping them with elimination tasks (I'm male). I can understand why they might feel uncomfortable- especially if they're younger or closer to me in age. I never, however, ran into a male patient who wouldn't be exposed in front of me because he somehow thought I could be gay. I think the stereotype of "male nurse = automatically gay" still exists. Other than the stereotype of nursing only being suitable for females, I don't get why people would think someone's choice of profession would automatically be equated with their sexual orientation. By the way, none of the male nurses I worked with at my old hospital were gay (not that you can really tell all the time, anyway). There was one PCT who was gay, but he was a stellar tech, and I don't think any patients ever had a problem with him simply because of who he loved. His sexual orientation was quite beside the point, to both staff and patients alike, and that's the way it always should be.
Last edit by edogs334 on Jan 20, '08