It's small. It's really small. It's really, really, really small.
And there's. . . let me count. . . uuummmm. . . .
one. . .
two. . .
three. . .
four. . .
maybe five???. . . .
of us male gendered XY chromosomed typed nurses.
To me it all boils down to preference. I spent the first 7 1/2 years of my nursing career working for a large. . . really large. . . quite big, actually. . . teaching, city, busy, busy hospital. Worked on a heme/onc/bmt unit. Still do, actually, but on a per diem basis (usually twice a month to get my big city, teaching hospital fix.
) Right now, I am thoroughly enjoying working full-time for a small, rural hospital. Work nights. When we're not busy, we have fun! Everyone knows everyone. We have hospital-wide birthday party celebrations (which is not hard to do when your hospital only has a total of 30+ beds including the ER and maternity!!). I float all over the place, which I enjoy doing: ICU/CCU (my home base), E.R., med/surg, PACU. Sometimes all in one night!!!!
I enjoy doing everything. I do my own EKG's, lab draws, mix my own IV medications (our one and only pharmacist works Mondays through Fridays, 9 to 5!), run my own codes (until our one and only night MD. . . the ER physician. . . comes up to help. . . usually within a few minutes or sometimes more. . . ), and spend a lot of time with the patients. A LOT of time with the patients. . . when they want it!
This is totally opposite working in my fast and furious big, city, teaching hospital. All the "tasks" are done by specialty staff (phlebotomists, EKG techs, etc.). I only see the nursing on the heme/onc/bmt unit. . . the hospital is too large to get to know anyone else. If I even try to go down to the E. R. to pick up my patient like I do at my small rural hospital, the E. R. nurses would shoot me!!! There is no such "happenings" at this large and teaching-type hospital.
The differences between the two hospitals are like apples and oranges. I like my apples. . . working for the small, rural hospital. . . more on a full-time basis. However, I do enjoy the challange of working for a large teaching hospital. . . my orange. . . where I see higher acuity and expose myself to new treatments which I might not see otherwise.
Given an absolute choice between the two, right now in my life I would pick the small rural hospital. Like I said, I thoroughly enjoy the "community" aspect of such a fruit.
I work in and ICU/CCU. One other male nurse works in an E.R.; another on the Med/surg floor; and still the other in the O. R. We all work on different shifts so we don't see eachother that much.
There's only one place where the issue of sex seems to make a difference for this particular hospital. And that place is. . . can you guess where?????
Let's all say it together:
The Maturnity Floor
Yep! For some reason, many of the maturnity nurses and its nurse manager does NOT want a male nurse to be exposed to vaginas with babies popping out of them. So. . . I do NOT float to the maturnity floor.
But I've gone there anyhow. . . to see the babies. . . those cute little babies! Oh they're so cute, aren't they??? And, on occasion, I feed the baby some formula. . . and burb it. . . and coo at it. . . and say, "Oh what a cute baby!"
And I'm able to do that because I work for a small, rural COMMUNITY hospital. Where "Community" not only applies to the hospital to its surrounding. . . where community not only applies to the nurses and their patients. . . but where a community ALSO applies to one hospital staff member to another, no matter what department they may work, and enjoy each other's friendship and help.
Hope this is helpful to you!