I am a nursing student and have been working as a Nurse's Aide for just over one year.
To date I have helped care for just over 500 patients.
A grand total of three (3) have specifically asked for a female aide to help with "personal hygiene."
However, I've had six family members say that their loved one would prefer a female, and after said family member has gone home, the patients all profusely apologized.
I have had around 15 patients (both male and female) inform me that they actually prefer a male (I don't ask why, so don't ask me).
The vast majority seem to be oblivious as to the gender of their caregivers, they seem only concerned that they are getting proper care. This is how it should be.
Quote from Draken
I dont look like a male nurse.
Mind you im 5'10 240 and im not fat, im not cut but i am a very big guy and i dont mean height.
so she proceeded to take my wifes picture and ignore me, she asks her name to write the info down and my wife goes he is the student. they have 5 men in her class and there about 5 in mine but she was I guess intimidated by my looks and assumed I could not be a male nurse.
I am curious how it will affect me in my career, I am good looking and muscular not something you see in straight male nurses. every other male nurse i have met noit in the army seemed a little fem but this cannot be the rule can it be?
Most males aren't 5'10 and 240 lbs., much less male nurses.
It's nice that you consider gay male nurses good looking and muscular, but I've seen plenty of good looking and muscular straight male nurses. I guess too it depends on what you mean by a "little fem", but by my definition, it's not the rule.
I'm not sure how such a straight acting good looking musclar man like you is going to fair in nursing, but my guess is that if you keep a professional, hardworking attitude that respects yourself, your patients, and your fellow coworkers, including the not-so-masculine ones you'll be fine. Concentrate on blowing us away with your skills and professionalism, hopefully people will look beyond the surface of your good looks and "big" non-typical male nurse body.
People judge a persons insides by their outsides, you're doing, everyone does. Try not to let it bother you when people do it do you.
Last edit by Tweety on Jan 15, '07