I just completed my CNA course (no work yet, I'll be posting about that soon), and I am waiting to take my state test. You might have guessed it but I'm a male as well.
It was sort of....odd around the female patients during my clinical. Most were ok with a male dressing them, bathing them, etc but some were very, very objective toward me. One was just outright rude but you have to consider the time they grew up in (she was 94 years old!). Don't take it personal.
I almost lost it a couple times helping patients use the restroom, clean up a colostomy bag, etc. Sort of got used to it but I don't think I ever will. I do feel bad about that since it can be degrading toward the patient.
But for the most part I'm fine with it. My friends pick on me for going to school to "wipe butts and get crap pay" (nice pun there eh?) but it doesn't bother me. If I have to do that for two years until I get my R.N. degree, ok! I'll be the one laughing then.
Males are in demand from what I'm told (my mom has been a RN for....years). You wouldn't believe how many times I was asked to come in and help with a transfer and such. I was only there for three days and had a blast doing it though, feeling needed as a lowly student with STNA's that have been doing this for decades (I worked with one woman who had done that job for 20+ years).
Really I think ALL nursing schools
should require someone to be a CNA/STNA before entering the main program. It gets you a hands on idea of what you will be doing and watching over. RN's are not exempt from the butt wiping either!
You should be proud to be a CNA/STNA. You might be the only family your patients have and you will be there to help them. In three days I got attached to this very young woman who was bedridden with a stroke. She wasn't much older than I am. Her family lived a distance away so I was her family for three days. Apparently she rarely spoke to anyone in the facility but to me she was very vocal and smiled a lot. Is there shame in that? I don't see it. As I said, it was only three days but the patients were crying when we left. My friends crack on me for it but you know what, patients are much more important.
Good luck in your studies. I've been through three different majors before settling on nursing. I finally feel like I "belong" in career field I chose.