Less men in pediatric nursing?

  1. 0
    Are there less men in pediatric nursing than other specialties?

  2. Enjoy this?

    Join thousands and get our weekly Nursing Insights newsletter with the hottest, discussions, articles, and toons.

  3. 14 Comments...

  4. 1
    There are definitely less where I work!!! Currently out of our entire nursing staff, we have only one man. This includes both shifts! And it's sad, because WE NEED more men. Teenage boys need men. What 16 year old boy wants some woman in Bambi scrubs putting in his foley?
    RunnerRN2015 likes this.
  5. 0
  6. 0
    Not in my experience. The children's hospitals I've worked at have many male nurses on staff. Definitely still a minority, but a sizeable one.
  7. 0
    Thank you
  8. 0
    On my floor, we had two men. The ER, the ICU, Psych and the PACU had significantly more.
  9. 3
    Men will choose areas like ER, ICU, PACU and psych because those are areas where nurses have the greatest degree of autonomy. In general peds, there's very little of that. If you're not being directed by more senior nurses and physicians, you're getting it from the parents. Men are also more solution-oriented and interested in seeing the effects of their actions right away, which are not readily apparent on general care floors. That's not to say that there aren't men who are quite happy on a general peds floor but they're not plentiful.
    bethm214, smurfynursey, and KelRN215 like this.
  10. 0
    Very insightful. Thank you.
  11. 0
    There are definitely fewer men in peds, but they are out there! I've worked with some really excellent male nurses in pediatrics. And the previous poster is right - the younger boys really appreciate having a male nurse once in awhile.
  12. 1
    This thread reminded me of a video for Johnson and Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future and I think it's fantastic if more men worked in peds...the guy in the video is not an actor but an actual peds nurse

    Last edit by edimo on Feb 11, '13
    HeatherGurl84 likes this.

Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.