male ob nurses

  1. I'm a RN student in my ob/gyn clinical rotation and I'm just wondering, are there any male OB nurses around. Or would I be the only one?
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   kewlnurse
    Good luck, i hated ob, luckily i only had to go to clinical 2 days (long story). I don't think there are many male ob nurses. As much as i love women, wouldn't want to see them in that way all day.
  4. by   valene
    as a female ob nurse with 13 years of experience, i say go for it. i have seen many male student nurses rotate through our department which i would love to have work with us. many of the physicians are male. i think male nurses react great in emergency situations, they would be an asset in ob. when i researched midwifery, i found a male midwife online. seek him out, i think he has a web page. he would be great for you to talk to. incidentally, many male nurses work in the er where many "delicate" female situations occur.
  5. by   funnynurse
    ha ha! (I am cracking up) very funny response. Just go about it in a matter of fact way. I just had a baby 10-24 and would not have minded a male nurse (but then I am a nurse). If you are having excruciating pain you should not care who is your nurse!
  6. by   funnynurse
    kewlnurse reply was funny I mean, not Valene's!
  7. by   mark_LD_RN
    I think you should look into working in OB if that is what you really want to do. I am a male labor and delivery nurse, my patients love me almost all the doctors have been great to me. the only problem I have ever had is conviencing some of the older nurses that males can work in this area. you will more than likely that run in to a few people mostly nurses that will not accept you at first. but stick with it and maintain your professionalism at all time. I truely love my job, the good and the bad ,. if you want to talk more write me back.good luck mark
  8. by   pdziwulski
    BRIAN
    I AM A MALE NURSE AND HAVE WORKED IN LABOR AND DELIVERY FOR 3 YEARS. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT AND CONSIDER MYSELF FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD A TEACHER WHO PUSHED ME IN THAT DIRECTION. I AM NOT FARMILIAR WITH ANY OTHER NURSES IN MY POSITION BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT I HAD TO DO MY TIME ON A REHAB/MED-SURG FLOOR WHEN I GRADUATED SO I WOULD HAVE SOME NURSING BACKGROUND. THAT WAS 3 YEARS AGO. TODAY, NURSING STUDENTS SEEM TO HAVE MORE LEEWAY BECAUSE OF THE SHORTAGE.
    IF YOU LIKE THIS CLINICAL AREA AND WANT TO PURSUE IT, TALK TO YOUR TEACHER. I HOPE HE OR SHE WILL BE AS SUPPORTIVE AS MINE WAS.
    ALSO, THE NURSE/PATIENT RATIO IS 1/2 IN MOST CASES, AS DETERMINED BY AWHONN.
    GOOD LUCK
    PAUL
  9. by   kennedyj
    Hey if you find an area you like persue it.
    I am on OB/gyn nurse and am currently working on my Midwifery degree and possibly a perinatal nurse practitioner so I can do more high risk and ultrasounds.
    At our labor and delivery unit there is also another guy.

    best of luck,
    Jared
  10. by   ERNurse752
    What's the difference between a midwife and a perinatal NP? Just curious...

    I think male nurses in OB are a good thing. It always strikes me as a little strange, b/c there's just such a double standard; no one thinks twice about a male ob doctor, but mention a male ob nurse, and all hell breaks loose!

    I'm with the others here and say, if you like it, go for it!
  11. by   zinker35861
    We need more male OB nurses to break up the female menotony in L&D. It just takes the right attitude, compassion, and confidence and you will be accepted by your peers and your patients.
  12. by   short1978
    I would be fine w/ a male L/D nurse.
    Unfortunately I can tell you I had 2 males in my graduating class and they were basically told not to come on the floor. They did extra days in Mother Baby. Not sure why....more the staff than anything I am sure. I just dont see how you cant find 1 pt that day that would be ok w/ a male student nurse.

    I loved my instructor but honestly she should have went to the supervisor or something bc it is a "teaching" hospital.

    Good luck to you.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have worked with male OB nurses; most of us love doing so and the patients tend to adore them. They often are very gentle and respectful as well as bring great energy to break up the all-female energy on many OB units. I would be glad to have a dedicated OB nurse at my side, if he happens to be male, that would not matter!
  14. by   ElvishDNP
    I love our L/D staff as it is, but would gladly welcome anyone else who cares about people, male or female.

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