Why are male nurses looked down on? - page 4

I am a female nursing student but I dont understand why male nurses are looked down on. They are human beings too.... Read More

  1. by   bearsden
    My wife and I are both nursing students. My wife thinks it is great that we will both be in the same field one day. She works in an emergency department in a hospital as a tech. All her friends (docs, nurses, and techs) think it is great that I am making this transition in my mid-life. I even get some tutoring from a doc friend and his RN wife.

    There maybe some with the "old school" attitude towards male nurses, but I haven't run into it...yet.
  2. by   emmycRN
    I have noticed just the opposite. Seems that they have an even better shot at the great positions (specialty units, management, ect). And I have seen statistics that show males in nursing often make more money than females.
  3. by   nursing student 101
    well i dont think everywhere male nurses are looked down upon, but at my university it seems that the instructors seem to favor the girls most definetly.
    i have my reasons but one thing that kind of stood out is this
    i was in my seminar group and the instructor said of "thats fine if some times things are late ladies, i know some things happen, maybe you broke up with your boyfriend."
    they basically talk like i am not even there.
  4. by   ewattsjt
    Quote from nursing student 101
    well i dont think everywhere male nurses are looked down upon, but at my university it seems that the instructors seem to favor the girls most definetly.
    i have my reasons but one thing that kind of stood out is this
    i was in my seminar group and the instructor said of "thats fine if some times things are late ladies, i know some things happen, maybe you broke up with your boyfriend."
    they basically talk like i am not even there.
    From what I have seen, it also goes into the workplace. It may be more habbit then anything else. Usually they catch themselves and say, "...all you ladies..........oh, and you too!"
  5. by   RN34TX
    Quote from nursing student 101
    one thing that kind of stood out is this
    i was in my seminar group and the instructor said of "thats fine if some times things are late ladies, i know some things happen, maybe you broke up with your boyfriend."
    Now that's a great reason to be late!
    Especially for the very young and/or immature for their age students who might be completely devastated and think it's the end of the world after breaking up with a boyfriend after a grand whopping 2 days or 6 weeks of dating.

    That should go over real well after graduation and they call into their employer saying they are not coming in because they just broke up with their boyfriend.

    Great instructor.
  6. by   ewattsjt
    Quote from RN34TX
    Now that's a great reason to be late!
    Especially for the very young and/or immature for their age students who might be completely devastated and think it's the end of the world after breaking up with a boyfriend after a grand whopping 2 days or 6 weeks of dating.

    That should go over real well after graduation and they call into their employer saying they are not coming in because they just broke up with their boyfriend.

    Great instructor.
    I have to combine two threads on this one. What if they couldn't make it to their pinning ceremony because of a break up? lol
  7. by   NeosynephRN
    One of my male classmates had the greatest comeback...to the "Why would you want to be a male nurse?" He looked the patient square in the eye and said...well I wanted to be a female nurse but the wait list was just too long!! OMG i about pee'd my pants!!! I am not sure if he had heard that somewhere or if he made it up, cause he is really quick on the comebacks...but it was great!!!
  8. by   RN34TX
    Quote from emmycRN
    I have noticed just the opposite. Seems that they have an even better shot at the great positions (specialty units, management, ect). And I have seen statistics that show males in nursing often make more money than females.
    I've seen stats like that as well, but it can be a deceiving number because you need to keep in mind that men also tend to gravitate toward the better paying nursing jobs.

    For instance, I rarely, rarely, see men working in doctor's offices (lower paying nursing jobs) and most outpatient settings.

    The only settings I've ever seen men equal or even outnumber the female nursing staff in a given shift is in ICU or ER settings. (Higher base pay than in other settings, shift diff's, bonus pay for extra shifts, tons of OT).
    It also seems like men have fewer childcare issues and are more freed up to work the erratic hours and off shifts in the critical care areas.

    I know some female nurses who take 9-5 outpatient setting jobs simply because of childcare issues/expense and would rather take the lower paying position with better hours because the higher pay in other areas just gets eaten up in childcare expenses.
  9. by   ewattsjt
    Quote from calla2114
    One of my male classmates had the greatest comeback...to the "Why would you want to be a male nurse?" He looked the patient square in the eye and said...well I wanted to be a female nurse but the wait list was just too long!! OMG i about pee'd my pants!!! I am not sure if he had heard that somewhere or if he made it up, cause he is really quick on the comebacks...but it was great!!!
    I like that one. Given the opportunity, I will use it.

    I also agree with you RN34TX. Stats can be very deceiving.
  10. by   jimthorp
    Quote from USCUAmber
    I am a female nursing student but I dont understand why male nurses are looked down on. They are human beings too.
    I have not seen this at all. In fact, my cycling buddies (some of the most macho men I know) have commented that now they will have a healthcare professional amoungst them the next time someone makes a bad move and takes down the train @ 35MPH! Just hope I'm leading the train and not the one screwing up a great ride!

    I have also gotten nothing but praise and admiration from the women I know.
  11. by   Trav
    I don't male nurses are nessacary look down on. It just the stigma of the past that other feel awkard around us. Remember that in the 70's is was thought that male nurses unless employeed in the sservice were homosexual. Thus making it awkard for many.
  12. by   RN34TX
    Quote from Trav
    I don't male nurses are nessacary look down on. It just the stigma of the past that other feel awkard around us. Remember that in the 70's is was thought that male nurses unless employeed in the sservice were homosexual. Thus making it awkard for many.
    I don't know about that.
    We're a long way from the 70's.
    I live in ultra-conservative Texas and even down here that stereotype is long dead and outdated.

    The vast majority of men I've worked with on any unit in any hospital are straight as an arrow and I fail to see any assumption from anyone that they are gay because they are nurses.

    Maybe in some podunk backwoods hospital, maybe....but that same mentality would go along with believing that you are gay just because you don't like hunting or football, so consider the source.
  13. by   Trav
    Interesting thought, RN34TX, but I do work in the a poduk backwood hospital. And alot of my patients are strong church going people that have stong views about what jobs are correct for each sex. Nursing has been as female dominant world such like law enforcement,fire fighting as been a male dominat world. Now granted the world is changing, I am glad that in your part of the world male nurses are welcome. Even as an nurse's aid I have patients male and women refuse cares becuase of my sex. So the stigma of the battle are the sex is still out there.

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