How do you feel about male nurses in OB/GYN/NICU? - page 3

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Hello, I just finished my preceptorship and will be graduating in December. I really enjoyed my clinical rotations in OB/GYN, but there are no male nurses. My longterm goal is to be a NICU nurse. I was hoping to get some... Read More


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    Quote from caregiver1977
    Well, many OBGYNs are males, why can't there be male nurses in this field? Doesn't make sense for there not to be male OBGYN nurses.
    Where I live male OB/GYN's do not go in and do a vaginal exam on a patient without a female nurse in the room with him. Male OB nurses would not work because they wouldn't be allowed to examine a woman without another nurse present, so what's the point? I think male nurses would be fine in Peds and NICU, most just seem to be drawn to ER and ICU in my experience. I may be old school, but an L&D nurse is bonding with a laboring woman in a different capacity than the MD is, I think it would be weird and inappropriate for the nurse to be male. It would be like having a male midwife. I think birth is mostly a domain where women should support other women.
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    Quote from holisticRNcoach
    Where I live male OB/GYN's do not go in and do a vaginal exam on a patient without a female nurse in the room with him. Male OB nurses would not work because they wouldn't be allowed to examine a woman without another nurse present, so what's the point? I think male nurses would be fine in Peds and NICU, most just seem to be drawn to ER and ICU in my experience. I may be old school, but an L&D nurse is bonding with a laboring woman in a different capacity than the MD is, I think it would be weird and inappropriate for the nurse to be male. It would be like having a male midwife. I think birth is mostly a domain where women should support other women.
    There ARE male midwives. I think I read 2% of midwives are men?
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    Quote from holisticRNcoach

    Where I live male OB/GYN's do not go in and do a vaginal exam on a patient without a female nurse in the room with him. Male OB nurses would not work because they wouldn't be allowed to examine a woman without another nurse present, so what's the point?
    This isn't so much for the pt's protection as for the male performing the exam- protection from any possible false accusations and litigation.
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    My FEMALE OB always had another staff member present whenever she would do invasive exams in the clinic. So it's not just male OBs.
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    Quote from holisticRNcoach
    Where I live male OB/GYN's do not go in and do a vaginal exam on a patient without a female nurse in the room with him. Male OB nurses would not work because they wouldn't be allowed to examine a woman without another nurse present, so what's the point? I think male nurses would be fine in Peds and NICU, most just seem to be drawn to ER and ICU in my experience. I may be old school, but an L&D nurse is bonding with a laboring woman in a different capacity than the MD is, I think it would be weird and inappropriate for the nurse to be male. It would be like having a male midwife. I think birth is mostly a domain where women should support other women.
    I'm curious where you are located? Is it in the US?
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    You totally have a right to your opinion; however, I happen to think it is wrong lol. I was in the army for 10 years, just got out in sept. my last 3 were spent as an RN in an LDRP. We had male Soldiers ( very manly men, mostly were medics who went to m6 school) who worked with us and while mot didn't choose to be there ( you know how the army is) they were still great nurses on our ward. We also had male civilian nurses who worked in the ICN and thy were some of the most passionate, caring, amazing ( and not at all feminine) nurses I know. No, our field isn't for everyone, but of you truly have a passion for it then you should pursue it with all your might. Someone saying a Male shouldn't because its "feminine" is like saying a woman shouldn't be in politics ( or bodybuilding or attorneys or whatever else) because it is " masculine"
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    Quote from lovemyjoblandd
    You totally have a right to your opinion; however, I happen to think it is wrong lol. I was in the army for 10 years, just got out in sept. my last 3 were spent as an RN in an LDRP. We had male Soldiers ( very manly men, mostly were medics who went to m6 school) who worked with us and while mot didn't choose to be there ( you know how the army is) they were still great nurses on our ward. We also had male civilian nurses who worked in the ICN and thy were some of the most passionate, caring, amazing ( and not at all feminine) nurses I know. No, our field isn't for everyone, but of you truly have a passion for it then you should pursue it with all your might. Someone saying a Male shouldn't because its "feminine" is like saying a woman shouldn't be in politics ( or bodybuilding or attorneys or whatever else) because it is " masculine"

    Well said!
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    I say go for your passion, I have been in postpartum for over 6 years, and love it!!!! Most women obviously don't mind their male OB/ GYN why should they mind a male nurse? At the end of the day a nurse is a nurse and your there to do a job!!!!! Good luck in whatever path you choose!
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    We have 2 male techs on our L&D and the patient's have no issues. They work in the labor room, OR and we have never had any issues. Go for it NICU is totally open as well!
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