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African Americans as nurses.

  1. 0 Hey everyone. I would just like to know if it is ok to work as a nurse as an african american and do many do it? Are there any drawbacks to this or will everything be alright? I thank you for all answers!
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  3. Visit  UpstateNyDollCna profile page
    #1 13
    Is it ok??!! Of course it's ok, just like it is ok for Caucasians, Asian Americans or Latino Americans or anyone else to be a nurse. If it's what you want to do and you really have it in your heart to be a nurse then go for it and don't let anyone stand in your way.
  4. Visit  LACA profile page
    #2 48
    Seriously??? This question is ridiculous and unnecessary. Your ethnicity has nothing to do with your ability to be a nurse. Sounds like someone is trying to start some drama or an argument about race.
  5. Visit  roser13 profile page
    #3 17
    What year is is? Oh, that's right! It's 2011, not 1811.

    The answer is yes.
  6. Visit  Gem0607 profile page
    #4 8
    Um yes it's okay I'm Black and I'm a nurse I get treated the same as any other race.
    Last edit by Moogie on Mar 10, '11 : Reason: Edited out unhelpful comment
  7. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
    #5 45
    I am not sure that I fully understand your question, but I will give it a shot. I am a black nurse, and yes, it is fully okay to work as an African-American nurse.

    Do many African-Americans do this job? Well, the answer to this question is dependent upon the region in which you live. Some areas are full of black nurses and other regions do not have any as the result of population trends.

    I would be telling a boldfaced lie if I said that there were no drawbacks and that 'everything is going to be alright' if you enter this profession. A small number of patients and families are bold enough to use the N-word and other racial slurs when referring to black staff members. A few patients will refuse caregivers based on racial/ethnic background, bluntly stating that "I don't want a black nurse." And, as always, you might even deal with demented elderly patients who will call you every name in the book because they have lost every ounce of tact.

    If you are a people-person, there are plenty of positive aspects to nursing. I'd much rather focus on the beneficial stuff, although I am not the type to put the rose-colored glasses on anyone's face when they ask a question that deserves an honest reply. Good luck to you!
  8. Visit  BluegrassRN profile page
    #6 0
    There have been a couple of threads on this site over the years regarding the experiences of minorities in nursing school and as a professionals. Perhaps you can use the site search option to find some of these discussions.

    Welcome to nursing!
  9. Visit  Meraki profile page
    #7 3
    Hi Op. I think it would be helpful to have a little background from you about why you asked this question. I am guessing perhaps there is something about your personal situation that makes this a question for you? Maybe you are younger and have had very limited exposure to the nursing field? What were you worried about?

    I am sure there are many communities where a young black male hasn't had the opportunity to meet many black male nurses prompting his question. (I don't know - speculating here!)
  10. Visit  lkwashington profile page
    #8 0
    I am afraid to even comment. The only words I am going to say is Verniece Ferguson.
  11. Visit  noahsmama profile page
    #9 7
    For those who are wondering where the question is coming from -- the OP is a 17 year old African American male who is considering nursing as a career (he started a thread yesterday about men in nursing).

    Where I live, in the SF Bay Area, there are many African American nurses, some of whom are also male. Many of our patients and their families are also African American. In the year and a half that I worked in a peds hospital, I never heard of a case of a family requesting a nurse of a specific ethnicity. It did sometimes happen that male patients, or their families, would request male nurses, or female patients would request female nurses. To the extent possible, these preferences were accomodated -- of course it was easy to always assign a female nurse when requested, and not as easy to always assign a male nurse, but when possible it was done.

    OP, my advice is, if you want to be a nurse, go for it! You definitely will not be the first African American male nurse in the history of the world, I promise. Good luck with whatever decisions you make about your future career!
  12. Visit  LPNweezy profile page
    #10 6
    A nurse is a nurse. race has nothing to do with it. it bugs me when people say "male nurse" or "black nurse" is there a difference????? no.

    go for your dreams and don't consider race as an issue
    Last edit by Moogie on Mar 10, '11 : Reason: Edited out unhelpful comment
  13. Visit  P_RN profile page
    #11 1
    As long as you have that Nurse after your name and are willing to work diligently it's OK. It's been OK everywhere I have worked and I hope it gets more OK when you graduate and join the best job in the whole world!!!
  14. Visit  freebirdRN86 profile page
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I am not sure that I fully understand your question, but I will give it a shot. I am a black nurse, and yes, it is fully okay to work as an African-American nurse.

    Do many African-Americans do this job? Well, the answer to this question is dependent upon the region in which you live. Some areas are full of black nurses and other regions do not have any as the result of population trends.

    I would be telling a boldfaced lie if I said that there were no drawbacks and that 'everything is going to be alright' if you enter this profession. A small number of patients and families are bold enough to use the N-word and other racial slurs when referring to black staff members. A few patients will refuse caregivers based on racial/ethnic background, bluntly stating that "I don't want a black nurse." And, as always, you might even deal with demented elderly patients who will call you every name in the book because they have lost every ounce of tact.

    If you are a people-person, there are plenty of positive aspects to nursing. I'd much rather focus on the beneficial stuff, although I am not the type to put the rose-colored glasses on anyone's face when they ask a question that deserves an honest reply. Good luck to you!


    THE best response thus far. Mature and honest.

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