Do men and women go into nursing for different reasons? - page 2

by European

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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 childhood that nursing was for... Read More


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    you don't seem to see as many men who went into nursing as a "calling", and in my opinion that's a good thing! my husband became a nurse for the very sensible reason that, living in new orleans and working in highway construction, driving a tow truck or as an oil rigger, he became disenchanted with spending long hours in the hot sun. he wanted an indoor job with steady work, a dependable pay check and benefits. he's always been social, and he liked sciences so nursing sucked him in about thirty years ago. he was often the only male nurse around and yes, for the first 15 years or so, it was all about finding women. now it's about the dependable paycheck, indoor work, benefits and the chance to talk to people all day long. and the science.
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    Thx guys for participating. Glad to see that the men's forum is frequented by women as well. What I am getting from the replies is men choose nursing for job security, like science and are intrigued by the human body and women seem to have this feeling that they somehow knew they wanted to do nursing or something happened in their lives which convinced them to go in this field. I think this is a good research topic
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    Im not a guy but the reason I want to go to nursing school is for the job security, the sciences, and I would love to help people as well.
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    Another female here. If I hear another impassioned "I want to help people!" from a starry eyed 20-somethings nursing students, I'll puke. No offense intended, but really, there are many ways to help humanity. Come up with something better than such a cliche.

    Guys, don't think having a penchant for medical science is a male thing. It's my main reason for being in medical field too. And I choose nursing over any others in the field because I like the instant gratification of taking care of problems with my own hands, i.e. clean up the poop when my patient is lying on it and uncomfortable. MDs don't get such honor, Nursing is a perfect job for people who draw satisfaction from both brainy stuff and menial work.
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    I'm a male in nursing school. I'm becoming a nurse because my experience as an emt has seen the worst and the best of nurse some are

    just uninformed and negative and some are positive and know everything they need to know sadly there are more negative mean nurses

    than there are happy. I'm becoming an RN because I want to instill that positive energy into the worlds most negative enviroment to help

    with patients coworkers and family. Because a positive rn is hard to find these days.
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    For me, I wanted to do nursing because it is a job that I can see myself waking up to and wanting to go to work and not dreading every minute of the day and counting down till I go home. I enjoy doing IVs, talking to patients, and even doing cath's lol. Everyday is different and everyday I get to do something different. Not many 23 yr olds can come home and say that they got to start somebodys chemo drip or got to see an organ transplant.
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    I had a terrible end to what should have been the best 9 months of my life- I carried a baby boy who would be born at 19 weeks premature without a fighting chance to live. I watched the nurses all around me, their professionalism and compassion touched me so much that from then on I wanted to do for others what they did for me- Life moves fast and time has passed but I am finally realizing my dream to help others! I have been accepted into Nursing School starting Fall 2012! YAY!
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    European,
    I am a man, and was formerly a teacher. I graduated this last Saturday, so what follows will probably seem painfully precious to the more jaded readers. I was being promoted out of the classroom, which was not what I wanted, and I realized that there are not very many opportunities to move laterally as a teacher. You can be made the head of a department, and have fewer hours with the kids, or become a principal and have no classroom time at all, or you can get a Masters and be even more underpaid than before. Nursing appealed and appeals to me for its wealth of technical knowledge that demands that one be a lifelong learner, as well as the fact that one can continuously grow and change without having to begin your career path all over again. Tired of Level III NICU? Come on over to Pediatric Oncology, maybe part-time hospice nursing. Want to get out of bedside care for a while? Maybe Nurse Education will appeal. And so on. Indeed, growth and change are positive attributes in nursing, as far as I can tell.
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    Hear, hear tokebi!
    Last edit by bdyeamans on Aug 7, '12 : Reason: clarity
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    Don't know where you are Deuces, but I'd like to hear more of your story on why you perceive the RN's in the area to be so negative. Mind you, I'm certainly not saying you aren't correct in you evaluation, I would just be interested in learning more about your situation. Having been in similar surroundings before, and survived, though not as a fresh grad, I, or others on the board may well be in a position to assist you so you don't have to go through this alone. If conditions are as dire as you make them sound, you will need some help and that is what this board is all about. Do one more post and you will be eligible to use the private messaging, if you would rather do this in private, you could use my mailbox, and I would be happy to help, at any rate, please do reach out.


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