I'm in my last semester of nursing school
and I currently work as a CNA in a large, busy hospital; and I too am a "murse." I understand what you're saying about getting called upon in Q&A in nursing school more than the females, but I don't think it's because of any "power" element. I also believe that thinking this way could work against you in the long run.
I'm more inclined to believe that we men get called upon more often than women for two reasons. First, teachers and clinical instructors don't like to ask questions and not get answers. Obviously, they want to keep discussions interactive and dynamic for educational reasons. Males are thought to be generally less shy than females, and in the interests of keeping the discussions going, teachers may be more inclined to go to us first whether they are conscious of it or not. The second reason I believe this happens is because teachers know we are entering a profession where we will be the minority (national average is 6.5% male) and they may be calling upon us more to facilitate our assimilation into an all-but-entirely female culture. Along these same lines, this could also be a way to make us feel more comfortable and confident as the minority. Another possibility could be that they like the fact that more males are entering the profession and they want us to succeed.... It could be any one or combination of the aforementioned reasons but "power" is not one of them.
The word "power" has many implications but the one that comes to mind immediately in this context is what feminists have to say about it. Since there are several ways in which feminist theory and nursing theory overlap (i.e. social justice) its important to note here that the ways in which you talk about male power over females in nursing is pretty much in direct contrast to how nursing theory (and feminist) regard what "power" should be. It may not seem as though this will have any implications on you or your career but it very well may if you start talking and acting in the workplace like you have more power than most nurses simply because you are male. Remember these are core
value systems in nursing and all nurses, whether they are aware of it or not, have adopted them in some way. Even if you don't act that way and just think it you'll come off ignorant. - I mean no disrespect here man I'm just offering my opinion. I'm not saying that what you and some others on this thread has no validity. But I am saying that unless you've been living under a rock the world's changing and we are quickly moving away from how our culture regards women in society. The industrial revolution was quite some time ago.
One more thing - besides all the twaddle I just gave you - In nursing (like any job) it's important for people to like you. If you want to advance in nursing you have to be able to build relationships. What you've said may come off as arrogant (not one of the most highly regarded male traits) and it won't work for ya. You'd be better off being humble and working on the traits that aren't always associated with men in our western society but are held with high esteem in nursing culture (i.e. being empathic, nurturing, good communication skills, altruism). This will help build relationships, advance your career, become more self-actualized, and give all of
us other "murses" something to shoot for.