I worked one weekend in our stepdown unit with two other guys and it was awesome! Distinctly different vibe--although I have no complaints about my female colleagues and love working with them, too. Of course, our little stepdown sub-unit is sort of a treat, anyway. Three pts, max, instead of 5-6, and while they are typically sicker, a lot of floor-status pts are pretty high acuity. A very stable stroke patient can run you ragged. A recovering pneumothorax might be more at risk, but might not be on the call button q5min. Best of all--less charting. Well, you might write more notes, but still, on fewer charts.
Anyway, most of the guys (and gals) I've worked with have been agreeable. On our "guys nights," we joked about passing all of our meds by 2300 and slipping out for a couple of beers, but it isn't like the women I work with would be less supporting of that concept, or less likely to actually do it. Thinking back, I think the biggest difference was that any conversation not directly related to the job had almost nothing to do with the job. That is, you might still ask whether a co-worker had any extra Zofran, or could you add some volume to my MIVF until I can put up a new bag, but if it wasn't that, it was home improvements, or sports, or how hot the new aide was. Topics like our NMs dementia or why doctors don't answer pages didn't come up.
Mind you, I don't object to a little shop talk, or even a little non-malicious gossip. I've learned a lot of good nursing practice from some of the extraneous comments that go with face-to-face report. In fact, I'd say I spend time on these boards as a way of getting more of that sort of thing. Still, I thought working in our own little hole, away from some of the occassional drama, was kinda refreshing.