1) No I don't, have been an RN for 20 yrs and there was a little when I was in
2) No again. I have related well to my patients regardless of whatever
setting that I have worked in previously as well as currently simply due to
having excellent people skills and being able to make a rapid assessment of
my patients so I know how I need to speak to them. I believe a truly
necessary component of being a good nurse is quickly figure out your pt's
so you can "talk the talk and walk the walk" whether they are PhD level or
average people to the common street junkie. I don't think this a is a
gender based issue and can be accomplished by all of us.
3) Yes to a point because the majority of physician's tend to be male so the
"good old boy" thingy does play into it. Also some of the foreign born docs
come from countries where there already exists a male holier than female
type culture. The best way to become noticed by the docs is to be very
good at your job, care about your pt's, and show them you are a part of
their healthcare team to effectively treat their patients.
4) Not necessarily, during my career I worked for both men and women in
leadership positions that some are very good at leadership and sore are
sorely lacking. Leadership is an aquired trait that comes through exper-
ience and patience, sometimes one needs a little trial and error when first
in a leadership role to what works and what doesn't. Number rule is to
remember what your title is and to maintain enough of a seperation so as
to not let your friendship/kinship with your staff to allow yourself to be
swayed from doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. As
an Administrative Nursing Supervisor I have great rapport with pretty much
everyone at work and have been approached in situations where someone
wants you to "hook them up"(have been asked to allow staff into medical
records on a weekend to look at their charts, or allow another co-worker
to use their computer accesses-all of which are unethical and disallowed
at most facilities).
5) Am not sure what you asking as to increased performance pressure, being
a nurse(and male) should have no more increased performance pressure
than being female. The only performance pressure there should for all of
-am I doing my job correctly and to the best of my ability?
-am I practicing safely and within my accepted scope of practice?
-am I treating my patients with caring and dignity that they deserve?
-am I capable of doing my job?
-am I maintaining the professionalism that goes along with my title?
If any of the above are not possible or acheivable than you need to not be
doing the job and defaming the good name and practice of being a "Nurse"
and need to go away before you hurt someone.
6) Maybe it depends on how a guy was raised or grew up, for me I grew up
hanging out on street-corners with gang-fights, stealing, the whole nine
yards and saw a need to want to help out my fellow man before we all kill
each other and become as extinct as the dinosaurs are. Maybe if nursing
salaries came up to better standards it would help, since programmers can
make a whole more money and not have with some of what we as nurses
have to deal with. Aslo it might help to get more people out into the
middle and high schools of this counrty(currently Johnson & Johnson Co is
encouraging this here in the US and even providing free materials to enable
us to do so) to bring nursing out to the students. Get more nurses to work
in the schools that have Medical/Nursing type programs and get these kids
involved(active programs in the HS here in Central Florida), and more of
current male nurses involved in mentoring students and new nurses.
Well, sorry if I got too long-winded on any of my answers but after 20 yrs on the job I can't think of anything else I'd have ever wanted to do or trade any of my experiences for anything in the world. I am what I am, "a Nurse".....
Paul P Ayres RN/flaerman