This is a sincere question and not an intention to flame.
Why are we seeing threads (yes, multiple) from male pre-nursing or pre-CNA students asking (in essence) how many advantages & benefits they will attain simply because they are of the male gender? These posts commonly carry an "what am I entitled to?" sentiment that just puts me over the edge.
Seriously, is it "out there" that all male applicants to an historically female profession can pretty much count on magical admission rates to school and rapid promotion rates while employed?
Adding to my distress at this trend are the nurses who respond positively to these threads:
"Yes, our elderly patients really have a higher respect for male CNA's/nurses. They always think they're doctors!"
"Yes! We can use you on the Lift Team!"
"Yes, we like working with male nurses more than we like working with female nurses because they don't gossip!"
"All the male nurses in my unit get promoted quickly to management."
I guess I've pretty much answered my own question. If we (current nurses) are encouraging male nursing applicants by promoting how "special" they will be, it's no wonder that the word is out there that the nursing field is ripe for male exploitation.
Which essentially.........depresses me.
I hear this a lot. In our clinical rotations, the girls wear cute uniforms with a little ruffles and pink or blue stethoscopes, but us guys wear serious-looking white uniforms with lab jackets and black stethoscopes (these are set by the hospital, not the school). When I asked the nurse supervisor at one hospital why this might be, she told me, "Because we don't want families mistaking the girls for doctors!" Aaaaaaaaaand . . . what about the guys? I held my tongue but wondered how she could be so biased against her own sex.
Last edit by JoseQuinones on Jan 18, '14
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