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Do you think Patients would confuse me for a doctor if I'm South Asian and male?

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I'll keep it brief: I'm male and South Asian (East Indian), and I applied to a few nursing programs already.

Hopin' I get some fat letters in early February! :D

I actually volunteer at a nearby hospital, and it's really a simple job.

I just end up sitting in the ICU Waiting Room and do homework, and escort visitors during visiting hours.

But one thing that always gets me is HOW often visitors will come up to me and ask me if I'm studying to be a doctor.

GRRR!!!

I tell them I want to be a nurse, though :)

I can't help but wondering... if I were in the scrubs and working in a hospital as a nurse, do you think folks'd assume I were the doc? :-/

CVmursenary

Specializes in Cardiothoracic ICU. Has 1 years experience.

i'm a male and white and its usually the old men that ask if im studying to be a doctor.

thmpr

Specializes in ED. Has 19 years experience.

I'm female & Irish/Scottish American. I am sometimes mistaken for a doc. When they ask I tell them I am just an astronaut.

Good luck with nursing school! Being a nurse is GREAT.

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 45 years experience.

Not sure how being South Asian (East Indian) plays into the equation but yes, it's very likely people will assume you are studying to be a doctor.

BabyNurse1969

Specializes in NICU, M/B, PEDS.

I don't think South Asian has anything to do with it.

Sometimes it depends on the culture or age of the patient. Sometimes if a patient is older they will assume you are the doctor, just because you are male. Here in Miami we have a huge Spanish population, and they always tend to assume all male nurses (or in my husband's case EMT) are doctors.

Just old chauvinistic assumptions. Woman = nurse, Man = doctor. Pffttt!!!!:uhoh3:

W. :o)

Sarah010101

Specializes in Med-Surg.

We have a couple males in my nursing program who get mistaken for doctors. As well, the oldest person in our class is a male who is 46 years old. He is mistaken by nurses, doctors, AND patients :) hahaha... he is a close friend, we giggle about this every now and then.

diane227, LPN, RN

Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience.

Men often get mistaken for doctors because we still continue to experience the same old prejudices: men are doctors, women are nurses.

I'm a white female in my early 50's working in the ED, and patients will occassionally assume I'm a doctor. I think that it's sometimes just the way you come across when you first come in contact with a patient.

only one way to find out

good luck in school

Here in Miami we have a huge Spanish population, and they always tend to assume all male nurses (or in my husband's case EMT) are doctors.

Just curious...did you mean to say Hispanic population? Because in Miami, I would assume that the Hispanic population is more Cuban/Puerto Rican/Dominican with few Spaniards.

Yes, they will!

p.s. I know 2 Indian male RNs and they like their jobs

Mags_RN, BSN

Specializes in Telemetry.

i once wore my light green scrubs and happened to be in the elevator with a family with 3 small children who kept on asking me if im a doctor. I said no and told them im a nurse. and then the girl told me " no you're not, you're wearing green and have that thing on your neck" - my stethoscope :) it was so cute

GooeyRN, ADN, BSN, CNA, LPN, RN

Specializes in Psych, Med/Surg, LTC. Has 21 years experience.

You would be confused for a doctor here at the local hospital. ALL of the doctors here are from India AND male except for one.

I hope you enjoy nursing! :D

For my job, I have to gather a lot of patient history. Because providers are usually known for doing patient histories (in the publics eyes at least) I always just introduce myself as a nurse to prevent any confusion.

MassED, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

I'll keep it brief: I'm male and South Asian (East Indian), and I applied to a few nursing programs already.

Hopin' I get some fat letters in early February! :D

I actually volunteer at a nearby hospital, and it's really a simple job.

I just end up sitting in the ICU Waiting Room and do homework, and escort visitors during visiting hours.

But one thing that always gets me is HOW often visitors will come up to me and ask me if I'm studying to be a doctor.

GRRR!!!

I tell them I want to be a nurse, though :)

I can't help but wondering... if I were in the scrubs and working in a hospital as a nurse, do you think folks'd assume I were the doc? :-/

probably. Our society equates a male in scrubs/stethoscope as a doc and the female in the same getup as the nurse. Eh, whatcha gonna do.

Not_A_Hat_Person, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Home Health. Has 10 years experience.

At least you're mistaken for a doctor. I'm a black female nurse, and I'm usually mistaken for a housekeeper, dietary worker, or an LNA. :(

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clarity

MassED, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

At least you're mistaken for a doctor. I'm a black female nurse, and I'm usually mistaken for a housekeeper, dietary worker, or an LNA. :(

I'm cute and blonde - I'm mistaken for an idiot. Not smart enough to be a nurse, doctor or other hospital worker. heh!