Men in OB/Peds Nursing....Any thoughts?....
- 1I 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 starting in August....I am in the midst of my Maternal/OB course and have found that I really love this type of nursing....so fascinating and amazing to me.....until I actually have a rotation in my BSN program, I have no "real world" nursing experience in this realm, my experience is as a Dad of two boys and the shared birth process/pregnancies I had with my wife....I loved every minute of her pregnancy and studied up on all the details as a prospective Dad, I read numerous books on the subjects involved and was rivited....that was long before I considered nursing....
Now here I am in nursing school and I rediscovered my passion for this amazing event....but I have (maybe in my own mind) a problem....you see, I am a guy....and even though I am open minded and have a passion to pursue this specialty, I feel like it may be poorly accepted by my fellow female classmates, but most importantly my future patients....Is seeing a man in OB nursing really all that odd or out of place?.....be honest, would you have any concerns or modesty if I were to walk into your room to care for you?....or is this just something I need to get over?.....I have loved all my nursing experiences so far, but this is the one area that has really peaked my interest the most....so I open it up to all of you veteran nurses for some good advice, I m all ears.....
- 8Apr 25, '12 by RN in trainingI'm a nursing student, but I can say based on your wordsI'd rather have you at the end of the bed with a catcher's mitt looking at my lady parts exploding than a bored, uninvolved nurse. Good luck to you, keep up the food work. Go you!
- 0Apr 25, '12 by LollygaggerRNIt wouldn't be about modesty at all.....many babies are "delivered" by men. But, having a baby, as you are aware, is much more than the moment of the birth.
I hate to say it, I really do, but I would not have appreciated having a male nurse with the births of any of my children. I don't know how to say it, really, but having a baby is such a uniquely "feminine" experience. I can't put it into words, but for me it would have just been awkward. Pelvic exams by a male? No problem? Breast exams? Walk in the park. But that relationship that must be developed between a laboring mother and her nurse? I can only see myself doing that with another woman.
It would be interesting to hear what the dads-to-be would think of a male L&D nurse!
- 1Quote from LollygaggerRNThanks for your candor....yeah I agree, I would like to know how new Dad's might feel too....with my two boy's we had a male OB, but there was not a L&D "Murse" in sight....good thought Lolly....It would be interesting to hear what the dads-to-be would think of a male L&D nurse!
- 0Apr 26, '12 by trutuyuI am a dad with a wife who is in her second trimester. I went through L&D just like you, and like you I loved it too. But when it comes to the care of my wife, I hate to say it, but I always feel a little uncomfortable when another man (Dr. or Nurse) is caring for my wife. All things being equal I would want the best nurse (man or women) to care for my wife. And in the end it is up to my wife and whatever she decided I would support. But I distinctly remember going to some of the obgyn visits for our first child and not liking it when a male Dr. walked into the room. Just sayin. But I completely support you and hope you end up happy where ever you end up. Good Luck.
- 1Apr 26, '12 by Bortaz, RNIn my OB clinicals (6 of them, I think), I was never allowed to care for any of the pregnant women. In each case, either the woman herself or the father immediately kicked me out.
It worked in my favor, since I had NO interest in OB, in that I was sent to nursery or NICU (where I already knew I wanted to work...) most of those days rather than just hanging out at the nurses station.
My situation might be different than yours due to me living in a 95+% Hispanic community. A less familialy conservative populace might be more accepting of a male nurse in that situation.
- 7Apr 26, '12 by Esme12 Senior ModeratorI think you will have to expect that there will be some who will not allow your presence regardless of how patient, good, kind and knowledgeable your are. So when the request that you not care for their child or delivery you accept that choice with poise and grace. If this is your passion it will show in your demeanor....go for it!