Discrimination of Men as nurses?

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    I have seen a post or two or more that talk about Men being treated differently than women in Nursing.

    I am just wondering. Does this really happen that often? Is this really a problem?

    I have bee in and around nursing for about 3 years now and I have not once experienced this to myself or anyone else.

    My question is. Are you being discriminated against because you are a man or because of the old stereotype of Gay men being nurses? Which one is causing the discrimination.
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    Yeah... Im always sucked into lifting fat patients
    tenjuna, Humando, Sugarcoma, and 3 others like this.
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    It's not just male nurses who arediscriminated against,it's malepatients as well
    Humando and LexRaven like this.
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    I ran into "The last of the old guard" in nursing school. A 20 year CNM who taught OB. I cant prove it but I never met a male who aced her class and group projects somehow had different grades sometimes....

    Haven’t seen it since.
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    Quote from aleandwhores
    I ran into "The last of the old guard" in nursing school. A 20 year CNM who taught OB. I cant prove it but I never met a male who aced her class and group projects somehow had different grades sometimes....

    Haven’t seen it since.
    An instructor in my nursing school was caught altering the test responses of male students so that they would not pass. Amazingly, due to tenure she was still on the faculty when I came through school several years later.
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    The school recruiter seemed as if he (yes, he) was trying to talk me out of going into Nursing when I went in for some advice. He kept saying "I don't know that you'd enjoy it" or "Are you sure you're really cut out for a non-traditional career?" and then would ramble on about firefighting, auto mechanics, welding, or other "manly" stuff. I don't think he works there anymore.

    I'm not in Nursing School yet, but in the prereqs. I'm so close to being finished with the prereqs that by now almost 100% of my classmates are also nurses-to-be. Surprisingly, there are plenty of young women who have the "Men don't belong in Nursing" attitude as well. One even made the comment that "Only perverts become male nurses".

    I have run into a few older women (some nurses, some not) that have indirectly expressed disdain about my choice or men in general going into nursing. Some of them will make comments like "well, you'll be good for lifting and cleaning, and fetching carts or blankets" and such. I don't think they mean to do it, but it really comes off as "You'll be good for doing all the support tasks and grunt work so the real nurses can do the real nursing work". Bless their hearts.

    That said, I've heard a majority of folks say "we could use more men in nursing", and I feel that it is sincere and not for the above reasons. Aside from the handful mentioned above, most of my classmates are unfazed when I say I'm going into nursing, and it's not a big deal at all to them.
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    Quote from mofomeat
    One even made the comment that "Only perverts become male nurses".
    I would fear for my career if anyone ever said that to me. I have no idea if I would be able to make my response civil. It would probably be something along the lines of: "Yes, my hot 22-year-old girlfriend really isn't cutting it for me. I only like women with breasts that are tucked into their elastic waistbands."

    Only ignoramuses state that only perverts become male nurses.
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    Quote from kabfighter
    I would fear for my career if anyone ever said that to me. I have no idea if I would be able to make my response civil. It would probably be something along the lines of: "Yes, my hot 22-year-old girlfriend really isn't cutting it for me. I only like women with breasts that are tucked into their elastic waistbands."

    Only ignoramuses state that only perverts become male nurses.
    This is either:

    1) a funny coincidence because I too have a hot 22-year old girlfriend,

    or

    2) proof that the ignoramus is actually right, because my girlfriend is 22 and I am shall we say some amount of years older and wiser. I guess that makes me look like some sort of pervert.

    However, said person did a pretty good job of alienating everyone in the room by time the semester was done. She was very opinionated, strong-headed, self-absorbed, self-convinced of her right to exist and would often spout out stuff like this (or worse). She routinely offended people and didn't ever seem to notice or care. She'll have a lovely time in patient care, I'm sure.

    I wanted to say something to her at that time, but when several other people in the room turned to look at me (the only guy in the place) I just gave a goofy smile, a wink and two thumbs up.
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    Who's to say the two are mutually exclusive?

    Sounds like she was just stupid. She's going to get eaten alive once she hits the floor. I'd suggest that you start calling her 'Nurse Ratched', but she hasn't earned the title yet.
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    Quote from bonestAx
    My question is. Are you being discriminated against because you are a man or because of the old stereotype of Gay men being nurses?
    The funny thing is, the first two male nurses I ever met were not only gay, but flagrantly so. This was in the early 1970s.

    I'm in upper management, so I can't say that it has hurt my career to be a male in this field.


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