Quote from wooden nickel
I hope there is someone else out there who is a male nurse and has trouble with the patients thinking your the doctor? I don't mind telling them I'm a nurse (proud of it!) But then you get the look as if "What couldn't make it in med school?" or what?!
And another thing why is it that all the nurses (female) always grab me for the heavy lifting, I used to be a EMT, my back kills me!
So far my answer to these questions have always been go with the flow, take the smart looks from patients (they don't know any better) and help with the heavy lifting (it's only my back- they still make 'Advil')--- If there is anybody out there with any other advice please let me know it would be helpful. Thanks
As my screen name implies, even as a (much older than my peers) nursing student, I am commonly referred to as "Doc" on the floor. It doesn't bother me at all. I politely correct the patient/nurse/doctor/whoever and let them know that I am in nursing. A few patients have asked why I chose nursing over medicine, but they asked in such a way that I honestly believe they were being curious rather than condescending.
As for the heavy lifting part of being a male in the hospital, I do draw the line there. I like my back in one piece. I let whoever assumes I should be able to bench press any patient on the floor know that I will be happy to *help* them with a move, but not do it by myself. That usually gets the point across. And then, of course, I help move the patient!
I am often the only male (at least, without MD after my name or an ID bracelet on my arm) on the floors I have worked and done clinicals on. I really enjoy it. Not one patient, physician, or other nurse has made a single snide or off-color comment to me. The most common response I get, in fact, when I let other nurses know that I am a nursing student is, "oh good, we really need more men in nursing." I couldn't agree more...