Are you man Enough to be a OB nurse?

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    As I was looking at the billboard promoting men in nursing, It read Are you man enough to be a nurse, none of these male examples however worked in Maternal-Child Health, they all worked in generic men "safe" areas?

    SO I'm honestly asking:

    DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MAN ENOUGH TO WORK OB (L&D)?

    WAITING TO HEAR INPUT~
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    ummmm.......no.
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    I am not ready for that either.....I guess you ask that to a male ob-gyne doctors. if they can do it as their specialty in medicine. i think they can also do that as their specialty in nursing.I guess many of us are man enough to be an ob-gyne nurse. There are a lot of ob-gyne doctors nowadays, surely, there will also be a lot of male ob nurse soon. It is just that there are a lot of nursing specialties and most of us would just rather specialised on some that when ask if they can do it they can easily answer yes without a little hesitation.
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    For men interested in maternal-child, NICU and NBN are good options, IMHO. There still aren't all that many of us though.
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    I have two kids at home and I can't imagine why anyone would choose to spend more time around someone elses kids!
    Just kidding, but no OB for me. I'd rather work in an area without the constant question of how I'll be received by patients. Not my problem per se, but a problem nonetheless.
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    I'm man enough.
    Some say too much.
    Expressing interest in that area raised eyebrows and wrinkled egos.
    Yet, on the flip side, this time around (my second time rotating through OB), I kept my mouth shut the whole time and got nothing but comments about how I seemed to be so comfortable in that area, "you know, for a guy". I just politely grinned and kept my opinion to myself. People can keep the backhanded remarks coming. I don't care.

    I *used* to want to go into OB. Not any more. Wrong place for me.

    I don't want to get into an area where people will tell me they don't want me as their nurse because of my gender. It happened one day, and it did not bother me much, but I don't need that kind of thing hindering my work, or my progression through the field, and adding to the interpersonal co-worker problems that could arise as a result of people having to do stuff my patient does not want ME to do. That would get old quick.
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    Quote from NurseDaddy2006
    I'm man enough.
    Some say too much.
    Expressing interest in that area raised eyebrows and wrinkled egos.
    Yet, on the flip side, this time around (my second time rotating through OB), I kept my mouth shut the whole time and got nothing but comments about how I seemed to be so comfortable in that area, "you know, for a guy". I just politely grinned and kept my opinion to myself. People can keep the backhanded remarks coming. I don't care.

    I *used* to want to go into OB. Not any more. Wrong place for me.

    I don't want to get into an area where people will tell me they don't want me as their nurse because of my gender. It happened one day, and it did not bother me much, but I don't need that kind of thing hindering my work, or my progression through the field, and adding to the interpersonal co-worker problems that could arise as a result of people having to do stuff my patient does not want ME to do. That would get old quick.
    I wouldn't give up on OB just because of a few wrinkled egos, and patients request. What male nurses dont' seem to understand is that these things can happen with patients on any floor, and they happen on all floors, I have seen it happen on Med-Surg, ER, OR etc. Now with that being said, someone has to pave the way and change the stereotype about men in OB nursing, which is why I'm going full force. However I will say this, after doing mentorship at Community Hospital, I would NEVER EVER consider doing OB in a small rural or community hospital....~ Sorry you had that experience~
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    I had OB clinicals at two different facilities. At the first, staff was reluctant to let me do almost anything. At the second, I had no problems, assisted in two vag deliveries, and was recruited heavily by staff. One of the staff nurses commented on how comfortable the patients were with me. However, I don't plan on going into OB because I hate that our society requires a chaperone if I do a vag exam. Female nurses aren't required to get a chaperone when they cath a male but to protect myself I'd better have one when I cath a female. Oh well, there are lots of areas of nursing where I can make a difference.
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    Sorry. Never had the slightest interest to want to be in OB.
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    I found my OB clinical to be both fascinating and incredibly productive. First (and only, to date) IV, first (and only, to date) two foleys, assessments for both adults (mothers) and infants, observed a c-sec, etc. Didn't get to see a birth (vag) unfortunately.

    I give a huge amount of credit for this great experience to there being two fantastic nurse mentors to work with in that L&D dept. They made no bias against my gender, and clearly expected that I didn't, either. I wish I had such great educator-nurses in all of my other clinicals!

    I'm really leaning towards NICU, so I guess I will still be involved with L&D to some degree.


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