Do men and women go into nursing for different reasons? Do men and women go into nursing for different reasons? - pg.3 | allnurses

Do men and women go into nursing for different reasons? - page 3

Just curious. When I speak with female nurses the main idea is that they are compassionate and want to be there for people blah blah blah and they seem to have the perfect story that they knew from... Read More

  1. Visit  Nursewithswag2010 profile page
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    Well I can talk from my experience I was a cna for 6 years prior to becoming an lpn but just by doing that I knew that I wanted to become a nurse. I knew that helping people was for me. I loved the way it made me feel to know that I was helping someone in need. Just by getting a thank you before my shift was over made a world of a difference. So I decided to further my education. I plan on going back to be an rn in the near future. I've been in the nursing field since I was 18 so back then my guy friends would be like there's plenty of females to date and whatnot but that was not my reasoning for it. I just knew I wanted to help people on a different level.
  2. Visit  jethrosledgarden profile page
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    ‎"to help people" or "i was called to it" really is a trite answer..if you wanted to help someone you could volunteer at a soup kitchen or start a charity or help an old lady cross the street...what about the broad generalist education we get on so many medical specialties and diseases? the pathophysiology? the human response? all the psychology and sociology? it truly combines so many disciplines into its own unique profession.......plus theres lots of chicks. :-P
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    Quote from jethrosledgarden
    ‎"to help people" or "i was called to it" really is a trite answer..if you wanted to help someone you could volunteer at a soup kitchen or start a charity or help an old lady cross the street...what about the broad generalist education we get on so many medical specialties and diseases? the pathophysiology? the human response? all the psychology and sociology? it truly combines so many disciplines into its own unique profession.......plus theres lots of chicks. :-P
    Volunteering does not pay. Regardless of any other criteria, most people like their jobs to end with a paycheck.
  4. Visit  Nursewithswag2010 profile page
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    What I do know is that I love what I do and I wouldn't change it for the world. I learn different things on a daily basis from experienced nurses, doctors and even patients. Yes the medicine, disease processes, pathophysiology and everything else is interesting as well.
  5. Visit  jethrosledgarden profile page
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    Quote from Stephalump
    Volunteering does not pay. Regardless of any other criteria, most people like their jobs to end with a paycheck.
    how can you say your motivation is an altruistic desire to help people if you won't do it unless your paid? it is a rewarding job on many levels and it is nice to get paid for it. I was really just playing devils advocate. Didn't mean to offend anyone!
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    Quote from jethrosledgarden
    how can you say your motivation is an altruistic desire to help people if you won't do it unless your paid? it is a rewarding job on many levels and it is nice to get paid for it. I was really just playing devils advocate. Didn't mean to offend anyone!
    Mmmm, I don't know about altruistic, but I think the idea that we work to get paid goes without saying. If you love math and science, you could find lots of free reading at home as well, no?

    Of course some people do work JUST because they love what they do and like to help people (like volunteer doctors and nurses), but I don't think that's usually the case. I think most people work because they want/need money AND _____.

    Personally, while I do enjoy helping people, I wouldn't list it as a reason I chose nursing. I love the science, education, and prior-orientated aspects of things. I prefer to be on my feet all all day interacting with people rather than sitting around in an isolation cubicle. I don't like getting dressed up every day, so scrubs are great. An frankly. I really enjoy the freedom of my dated off, so 3 12s is great. And I'd also like a decent wage and something intellectually stimulating.
  7. Visit  nursingstudent2458 profile page
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    I'm a female, and I think I'm a compassionate person. However, my interest in nursing is more of the science and medicine behind the profession as well just like you.
  8. Visit  European profile page
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    Bottom line there are more females than males in the men in nursing forum lol...
  9. Visit  Lukes089 profile page
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    This is the first time I post here, but I had to give my own opinion.
    Having been toying with the idea for the last year or so about pursuing a career in nursing, I believe the
    main factors driving my decision ( in no particular order) are job security, decent pay, critical thinking, technology, and a desire to do
    something meaningful in life like care for others.

    This fall I will begin to work on my prerequisites to be accepted into my local community college's Nursing Program,
    and I couldn't be more motivated. I will make this happen no matter how much work I need to put in.
    Oh, and I'm a 23 year old male.
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    Quote from Lukes089
    This is the first time I post here, but I had to give my own opinion.Having been toying with the idea for the last year or so about pursuing a career in nursing, I believe themain factors driving my decision ( in no particular order) are job security, decent pay, critical thinking, technology, and a desire to dosomething meaningful in life like care for others.This fall I will begin to work on my prerequisites to be accepted into my local community college's Nursing Program,and I couldn't be more motivated. I will make this happen no matter how much work I need to put in.Oh, and I'm a 23 year old male.
    Good luck Luke, welcome to nursing
  11. Visit  Anoetos profile page
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    Quote from ruby vee
    ah yes, "the calling." personally, i think it's a load of hogwash. someone can have the calling and be totally incompetent, and personally i'd rather have competent coworkers and, when i'm sick, a competent nurse. enjoying science, technology and critical thinking are all good reasons to be interested in the profession. so is decent pay, flexible scheduling and indoor work. (dh was a towtruck driver and construction worker before nursing school.)

    when talking to all those "calling" folks, bear in mind that some of them don't even believe what's coming out of their mouths . . . they say it because everyone else is.
    this!
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  12. Visit  Anoetos profile page
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    I am in it because I lost my job and had to do something.

    Good thing for me I like people and science. Nursing has been a great fit and I seem to be pretty good at it.

    Like an earlier poster, I have always been fascinated by how the body works and how disease processes come about, how they progress, how they can be arrested and, if possible, reversed.

    But a "calling"? Nope (another thing that irritates me is the "Nurses are Compassion in Scrubs" crap...please. A lot nurses I know are the most cynical, darkest humored, clutch people I have ever met. "Compassion" is very secondary to them. Efficiency, time management and critical thinking came well before it. The "Compassion" thing, like the "Calling" thing are words nurses like to use with themselves mainly as in-group language cues).
  13. Visit  SweetPEI profile page
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    I've already replied, and although"a calling" is not my reason like love of science is, I don't doubt that some were made just to be nurses. For example, I have a friend who was going to school for her degree in speech pathology. She told me she didn't know how I could do it (nursing) because she couldn't stand the sight of blood/body fluids, etc. As she continued school she realized that she wanted to actually help people get better and she prayed about it, recently graduated, and is a licensed nurse. Calling? Im not sure (methinks it was quicker), but she did give up a guaranteed position of speech pathologist, great great pay, great hours, low stress to nurse it on up.

    As far as the "compassion" thing, I think some of that is important when you consider that customer service is the sauce. You don't smile, your name might be reported to administration. We can become rough, rude and crazed when we are filled with fear. As patients we have no concern for the next person. Nurses really have to learn(or some have it naturally) to work around this negativity and still provide "customer service with a smile." Going by just that, some people have a gift when it comes to making people feel good, while others do it for a bigger reason
    Last edit by SweetPEI on Aug 12, '12

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