Did anyone judge you for being a male nurse?

  1. How did you react?
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  3. by   systoly
    if they have, i don't know about it
    maybe it's because of my strikingly handsome appearance,
    maybe because they think i'm from russia, which i'm not(but i
    get asked that a lot), maybe because of my size, but mostly
    i think, because of my good looks
  4. by   PsychGuy
    In a hospital setting men are often thought to be the doctor, and I was often asked by older people how much longer until I would "make a doctor," lol. I guess in a way that was harmless judgement.
  5. by   Nalon1 RN/EMT-P
    Quote from PsychGuy
    In a hospital setting men are often thought to be the doctor, ...
    I have all kinds of people call me "doc" even though I clearly introduce myself as a nurse, as well as look like all the other nurses, this is both ancillary staff members and patients/family/visitors.

    Other than that, I don't think I have ever been "judged" as far as I can tell.
  6. by   OldDude
    I'm not sure that being called on for heavy lifting or subduing a fighting patient is being judged in the sense you are talking about; that's fairly common still today. But in regard to this question, I do recall being judged by other nurses when I went through L and D rotation during nursing school. For whatever reason they didn't think it was appropriate for me and another guy student in my class to be in the room for the delivery. Consequently we sat in the hall until there were babies to feed or diapers to change in the nursery.
  7. by   exit96
    Quote from OldDude
    I'm not sure that being called on for heavy lifting or subduing a fighting patient is being judged in the sense you are talking about; that's fairly common still today. But in regard to this question, I do recall being judged by other nurses when I went through L and D rotation during nursing school. For whatever reason they didn't think it was appropriate for me and another guy student in my class to be in the room for the delivery. Consequently we sat in the hall until there were babies to feed or diapers to change in the nursery.
    Typical discrimination...though no one wants to admit it
  8. by   PsychGuy
    Quote from OldDude
    I'm not sure that being called on for heavy lifting or subduing a fighting patient is being judged in the sense you are talking about; that's fairly common still today. But in regard to this question, I do recall being judged by other nurses when I went through L and D rotation during nursing school. For whatever reason they didn't think it was appropriate for me and another guy student in my class to be in the room for the delivery. Consequently we sat in the hall until there were babies to feed or diapers to change in the nursery.
    I didn't even go into the nursery but once to see a baby with jaundice. For my postpartum rotations I actually went into the OR and watched hysterectomies and related female surgeries. On the nursery rotation, I mostly helped out with a couple of circumcisions and went out to pick up everyone's lunch order at a local restaurant. During the actual labor rotations, I was present in the room and was able to see all the activity. I don't think any of the women cared remotely about me seeing their genitalia or delivery.
  9. by   SierraBravo
    While I was in nursing school, the first patient that I saw during my acute care rotation asked me where my dress was when I told him I was a student nurse.
  10. by   akulahawkRN
    I'm still a student, and usually I haven't felt like I have been judged negatively for being male. Only during L&D/OB rotations have I felt like someone had an issue with me being male. Not that it bothers me that much... I'm not exactly considering that as a future job. Quite the opposite, lately I have noticed that many of my male patients tend to open up to me a bit and become "less difficult" with me around them. Have I been judged? Perhaps... but usually not negatively!
  11. by   OldDude
    Quote from sslamster
    While I was in nursing school, the first patient that I saw during my acute care rotation asked me where my dress was when I told him I was a student nurse.
    Good one!!!!! Thanks for the laugh. Yea, I lay awake at night worrying what other people think about me being a guy in a girls world. NOT!!!! As long as the checks contiue to cash I'm good.
  12. by   systoly
    Quote from OldDude
    I'm not sure that being called on for heavy lifting or subduing a fighting patient is being judged in the sense you are talking about; that's fairly common still today. But in regard to this question, I do recall being judged by other nurses when I went through L and D rotation during nursing school. For whatever reason they didn't think it was appropriate for me and another guy student in my class to be in the room for the delivery. Consequently we sat in the hall until there were babies to feed or diapers to change in the nursery.
    wow, sorry to hear that
    my experience was the opposite, i hated L&D, did not want to be there, but the floor
    nurses were very supportive
  13. by   AmyRN303
    The floor nurses during my L&D rotation were cheerleaders to the male students in my cohort. Many of the women who gave birth at our assigned hospital were teens, and did not feel comfortable with a male delivery nursing student....though the nurses went out of their way to introduce each of them first to a prospective patient. Several did get to witness births, and often did spend much time in the nursery, where they were referred to as Uncle Bob or Stan by our instructor.
  14. by   Grrrse
    My first day of clinicals I had to switch patients. She was an 18 yo acute ortho paying and didn't want a strange guy helping her with bedpans, bed baths, etc. Conversely the sweet senior lady I was reassigned to preferred working with a male student nurse. I think it's all in what the patient is comfortable with.

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