I find that as a man in nursing, I encounter a lot of sexism from my female coworkers. When I am doing my shift in labor and delivery I'm always called out of my patient's room if one of the nurses wants help with lifting heavy patients or things and instead of helping me lift, they stand and watch as I do the lifting.
They make remarks about me being a "male nurse" which I find to be a sexist term. I don't call them female nurses.
The unit secretary also makes very sexually suggestive remarks to me constantly. I mean, if I said to her the things she says to me, I would be fired in a heartbeat.
I've tried to explain that some of their behavior and phrases are sexist and as such offensive, but my concerns are dismissed. The reason I was told is that, I am a man and men have been sexist against women for years. So I should be able to handle women being themselves.
Anyone else run into issues like this?
Mar 1, '14
by Mr. Murse, RN
Sure, other nurses and sometimes patients will talk about "male nurses", but really, why do you even care? I'm trying to think how to say this tactfully.........but grow some thicker skin man! It's really not that big of a deal. Do your job, joke along with them, don't take it so seriously. Have fun with it. It is, in fact, a predominantly female field so it's just factual to acknowledge that, not prejudice. Men are different than women, as you may have noticed, and if you're more physically capable than some petite female nurse to lift something, then who cares if they ask you to do it? If anything, that's one asset you have over your coworkers in what can be a very competitive field at times.
Take some pride in being a male nurse. I don't even understand why you're bothered by this. Loosen up, when someone says something just joke back with them.
Last edit by Mr. Murse on Mar 1, '14