Men in OB/Peds Nursing....Any thoughts?.... - page 4

by Wild Irish LPN 9,870 Views | 73 Comments

I remember seeing something posted along these lines a while back, but it never really "got going" so I thought I would open it up for one more try....I am about to finish my LPN Program, and then will be in pursuit of my BSN... Read More


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    I am a male nurse and I think part of the difference is a male Dr. has usually had the chance to build a relationship with the pt over time (appointments, etc.) A male nurse involved in delivery is more likely than not a complete stranger. Being a male AND a complete stranger isn't a favorable combination to pts.
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    I work in the field and have been a patient. I don't care who my nurse is, or what their chromosomes are, as long as they are caring and know what they're doing. I've had male and female OBs, and it honestly didn't make a difference to me. Both my labors, the CRNA who did my epidural was male, and by the time it was all said and done they had seen all my junk too and it didn't matter. I'd welcome a male nurse on my unit with open arms if (again) he is a caring individual and knows his stuff.

    You will have the occasional patient who just doesn't want you in her room because you're an XY, but plenty of XX nurses have been 'fired' by patients as well. It's not just you, and don't take it personally.
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    While serving in the army,I was assigned to a MBU at an large military hospital. I worked with 2 great military LPNs that were males. Yes, they were assigned/ordered to work on the MBU but feel in love with OB nursing. Only a handful of women refused to have them as nurses and that was over the course of a year. Most patients loved their nursing style, and I think having one male nurse attend to you out of the 3 or 4 nurses you will have during your stay brings great insight into the parenting/teaching aspect of OB nursing. Maybe the father won't feel so left out. I say go for it!
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    I am a labor and delivery/postpartum/newborn nurse (we do it all on my floor), and we have an all female staff. However, they did just hire a male tech. He hasn't started yet, so it will be interesting to see how it goes. Of course, a tech is different than a nurse, but I think it will pave the way for male nurses later. I don't really see it as a big deal, although we do have a lot of breastfeeding issues on my floor. It is a little hard for me to picture a male nurse helping a new mother breastfeed, lol. And I can't really picture a male teaching peri care. But I guess it's just because it isn't common practice. I don't think most of the mothers would care if their L&D nurse was male, however I think the husbands/boyfriends would have more of a problem with it. I say if you want to do it, go for it. Like someone said, patients have fired female nurses.
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    Quote from KareBear0609
    I would refuse any male being in a labor/delivery room with me except my husband.
    Including a male doctor?
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    It's fine to discuss how patients might or might not feel about a man taking care of them. It's also fine to encourage the OP to "go for it". However the only thing that really counts are the nurse managers who will, or far, far more likely, will not offer him a job in OB. I guess it wouldn't hurt to apply, all they can do is say no and who knows? You might just get lucky and apply with one of the tiny minority would would even consider hiring you. The rest will discriminate aginst you based on gender.
    As far as peds goes, well that is very different. Men kick butt in peds and are very well reguarded. Men doing peds face only the normal anti men in nursing bias that is persistant throughout nursing, not the especialy virulent bias faced by men wishing to do OB.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    It's fine to discuss how patients might or might not feel about a man taking care of them. It's also fine to encourage the OP to "go for it". However the only thing that really counts are the nurse managers who will, or far, far more likely, will not offer him a job in OB. I guess it wouldn't hurt to apply, all they can do is say no and who knows? You might just get lucky and apply with one of the tiny minority would would even consider hiring you. The rest will discriminate aginst you based on gender.
    I'm not saying you're completely wrong; however the trend is shifting in my neck of the woods (a conservative part of a conservative state). It's far more likely than it was even ten years ago to find a man working either in L&D or mother/baby. We've had men on mother/baby and right now there is a male L&D nurse on L&D.
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    I just thought of another angel.. If for some reason their male partner could not make it, your strong manly hands would be awesome for squeezing the hell out of .

    In all seriousness though, I think it is awesome that you have such an interest in women's health and maternity. Right now we do not have enough men who are passionate about health care, especially women's health care, and it is fabulous to see a man who wants to be an advocate for women.
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    I think the nurse manager where I work would hire a male. But she is younger. It might be the older ones who might object. But like someone else said, a lot of women now having babies don't always have a man with them, so they might welcome a male nurse.
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    I'm not saying you're completely wrong; however the trend is shifting in my neck of the woods (a conservative part of a conservative state). It's far more likely than it was even ten years ago to find a man working either in L&D or mother/baby. We've had men on mother/baby and right now there is a male L&D nurse on L&D.[/QUOTE]

    *** I have been in nursing for about 16 years. I have observed an anti men in nursing bias during all that time. I would agree it is getting better and I think it will continue to do so. That's great there is a male working in your L&D. I have known a very few men who managed to get jobs in L&D but only a few. I wish we could talk to him and get his perspective. I have heard stories of men who were hired into L&D only to be chases out later.


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