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As a new LPN graduate I constantly here "Congratulations, we need more male nurses." & "As a man most employers will hire you on the spot!"..... But it has been my clinical experience that there was no one specific thing that could have been done better by a man than a woman. In fact I have been refused three times during my maternity rotation and was finally allowed to assess a woman who was post c-section, that happened to be a nursing instructor. (which was a better experience than the other students got but thats beside the point. Anyways, where is this big major need for more men in nursing? any ideas??
I heard the same thing when I graduated 7 years ago, not sure what the big need for men is neither.
However, I now take comments like that as a red flag and try to look for some male presence on the floor when I apply for a new job because......
a couple of times when I was the "token male nurse" on the floor their was a mentality of "Oh look, a man on the floor, he can take all of the heavy lifting and combative patients" and you need to remember and sometimes remind them that you do not get paid more than a female nurse so the load should be distributed accordingly.
Let me point out before I anger anyone that most of my present and past female co-workers do not have that type of attitude, they share the workload. I'm just warning you that the mentality is out there and particularly if there are very few male nurses on the unit, it can be tempting for them to try to take advantage of you, especially as a new grad so eager to please.