Quote from sevenup0307
Hey guys, I will soon be starting my 1st rotation in nursing school. I want to mentally prepare myself for what is to come. I will be honest, I am a little concerned how I will be treated in the hospital by my female instructors.
Except for L&D, I wouldn't worry about it. Many, many men have preceded you; don't look for discrimination where none exists.
I don't want them to fail me just b/c i'm male.
Think about it... if men were being failed just because they're male, you wouldn't see many of us around and yet, the ICUs and the ED are full of dudes... 30% or more at my joint.
Also any specific rotations you faced discrimination?
For us, we were excluded during L&D... made to stand at the nurse's station and "wait for something appropriate" which never came.
If so, what did you do about it?
Reveled in it... and swapped a couple shifts with one of the gals so I could get more baby time.
And how did it effect you?
Not a bit... have no interest in L&D but still know what to do in the event of a precipitous delivery in my ER.
I know statistic wise, at least 10% of nurses are male, so i'm sure i'll encounter male nurses.
Undoubtedly... men are all over nursing these days... much more than 10% in the three hospitals that I've worked at (small, medium, and large).
I know that the nursing profession is trying to attract more males into the field but how can you really if you don't resolve the discrimination concerns?
1. I don't think "the nursing profession is trying to attract more males" particularly... rather, I think more males are migrating to the profession due to its many plusses. 2. The "discrimination concerns" reside more in your mind than in reality, I think.
I think many of male friends would pursue this profession if the stereotypes weren't there
I don't think there are too many stereotypes persisting these days... just my experience and my opinion.