Why are male nurses looked down on? - page 5

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   Roy Fokker
    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!!!
    Please thank your classmate for me and tell him that I TOO plan on using this when asked that same question!


    cheers,
  2. by   gitterbug
    I like male nurses, never have to look down on one here, heck, never met one here less than 5'10" and that sure beats my height. NO really, most of the guys I have worked with have been just great, good to the patient and other team-mates, sharp when there was a problem and dependable. I think nursing needs more men, and I am glad more guys are answering the call to join the ranks.
  3. by   gitterbug
    P.S. My 6', red-headed, hazel eyed grandson and his green-eyed, blonde, 6" brother call me "weird Mommaw" anyway. The other 3 grandson don't even bother to comment anymore. I am working on the youngest one of them to get into nursing, so who knows?
  4. by   lpn2b0884
    i'm currently enrolled in an lpn program...and one of my worries was that there wouldn't be ENOUGH males in the class....we have 7 out of 28 students...i respect every single one of them....they're great guys and will definitely do amazing things

    plus i dont know any other women in the nursing field that don't think male nurses are(for lack of a better word) hot...dreams of marrying a doctor are so 1997...male nurses are in...

    keep up the good work guys!
  5. by   Annointed_RNStudent
    As a young male nursing student who is about to graduate, that is minority and very young, I am going into L&D, and I have had no problems with patients, but while i have been interning in my last semester, the older majority nurses have given me a very hard time, and I am just slowly earning their respect, so I think that in some areas men have to definetly prove themselves harder, but I am ready to prove myself because I love L&D~
  6. by   jonb1213
    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!!!

    OMG HAHAHA i have never laughed out loud by myself in front of the computer this hard. That guy is a genius.... can't wait to use it.
  7. by   leemacaz
    Quote from RN34TX
    Heck no.
    They'd be laughed at right out of the room upon requesting such a thing.

    Men aren't supposed to feel things like modesty and most certainly aren't supposed to feel intimidated or threatened by women seeing them exposed.

    In fact, they shouldn't complain and should instead be enjoying the attention according to our current cultural standards.
    I assume this is tongue in cheek.
    Guess I am just a killjoy.....not really impressed by our current cultural standards.
  8. by   EmBeMap
    i am new to this whole (7 months) field but so far i have been very happy with reponses from docs and even the female nurses. Seems like male docs are even nicer and more obliging to me than to my female counterparts. I am looking forward to finishing and working in my same dept as an RN. the only thing i can think of is every once in a while i have seen a woman act out against a male nurse or tech but 9 out of ten times she was in the er from being abused by a guy.
  9. by   Asklepios
    I'm halfway through school, and I work at a hospital where I've told some of the nurses about being in school. Haven't heard one bad thing about it yet.

    Also, during our psych rotation, I told my clinical instructor I thought it was a field I might be interested in going into after graduation. She was very encouraging,and told me most psych facilities would be thrilled to hire more guys as RNs, and the female staffers would also appreciate having guys on their team as well.

    As an assistant, I've been questioned by some patients and/or their families about why I'm doing the job, or why I don't want to be a doctor. I tell them the truth - I want to help people and work in healthcare, and nurses do much more with the pts than most doctors. Also, I have no interest in spending all that time in medical school and incurring $100,000+ in debt to pay for it.
  10. by   Hope1978
    I am not sure where the idea that male nurses are looked down came about; but I can tell you from my personal experience they are wonderful. When my dad was in the hospital (ICU) he was so glad to finally have a male nurse that he could talk to about guy things or else he would have probably went crazy. Also, I personally enjoy working with males exspecially as charge nurses because most the time they handle stress very well and can help in physical situations because they are naturalluy stronger. I say if you are a male and you are thinking about nursing school, go for it!
  11. by   Batman24
    Don't be discouraged because most male nurses I've found to be beloved and welcomed. I graduated with 3 male nurses and they were treated like gods by all. They even did their OB/GYN rotation without a problem. Keep your chins up...we needs more good nurses on our side and you will see the vast majority of us will welcome you with open arms.
  12. by   Biol20fan
    I have three males in my class (I'm female, btw), and all of them are going to be outstanding nurses. I'd rather have them taking care of me than some of the other female nurses I've had in the past! I don't think I'd want to see them in the little white dresses and caps, though. :chuckle
  13. by   MassED
    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 never even heard of that - if anything, they are looked up to for many thinking they're the doc.... never looked down on... in my experience.

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