Just curious....how do you guys feel about male nurses? - page 3

Also how do you think the public views male nurses? Might sound like a stupid question but I'm not in the field so I have no clue.... Read More

    Hmmm How do I feel about Male Nurses.
    Well they feel like any other male I have felt up. In or out of my career.
    Now why is it that we are talking about this again and why is this such a point to be sharpened on the grindstone?
    There should be No problem on anyone quailified as a Nurse to do the Nursing job.
    I could care less if a Cyclospe came in as long as it was quailified, I could care less what body parts were dangling.
    How many times will this topic be brought up? Can someone clean off the old memos from the 1970's with the sterotypes and the ways to keep your Dr happy , and post the new memos on 500 ways to increase nurses abilities with the 500 New medicare cut backs.
    Just a thought
  2. by   abrenrn
    I think it comes up cause, sadly, there are a lot of men who choose nursing just so a bunch of, whoever, will tell them how special they are. In general they are not very good nurses. They keep the term "male nurses" going.
  3. by   Gromit
    Hmm, abrenrn, sounds like some bitterness creeping in.

    The Male RNs and RNstudents out there that I've met while working or in class, certainly didn't seem to join because they wanted people to say how special they were. They enjoyed the profession, and seemed to have the same reasons I'm working in the field, and studying to get my RN.

    Anyone joining because they want some praise, would soon burn out and leave. Praise is short-lived. Feeling good about a job well done, and perhaps making a difference in someones otherwise low-point in life (hospital stay-especially in ICU), well, that lasts a lot longer. I don't need someone to say thanks, or a pat on the back to know I've made some difference.

    I usually manage to get a smile or 'hi JR' out of my patients, and that says it all for me. I've been in emergency services and in long-term services for more than 13 yrs, so I think I'm qualified to say my piece, as regards males.
  4. by   susanmary
    No male nurses on my med-surg floor -- they usually transfer to ICU or ER. Haven't had one for around 3-4 years now.
  5. by   P_RN
    Same here. If they do their work...they're OK male, female no matter.
  6. by   Navy1Nurse
    I am a Registered Nurse, who happens to be male, and I feel pretty good about it, thank you very much I work in NICU and love my Job.... And I get treated pretty fairly Just like any other RN in the Unit, Male or Female (I am the only male in the unit though...)... ...
  7. by   Teshiee
    I relish the idea of male nurses. I find it very refreshing. I too wish there was more of them as well.
  8. by   Agnus
    There is no such thing as a Male Nurse. There are Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses.

    The term Male Nurse implies that men are somehow differently qualified.

    I know and work with men who are nurses. RNs and LPNs.
  9. by   semstr
    No problem, as long as he works the way he should.
    But that's the same for male and female collegues.
    What I do notice though, is that my male collegues (and students) tend to spezialize sooner to ICU's (whatever kind), dialysis and anesthesia.
  10. by   donmurray
    Now female cops.........................LOL
  11. by   mattsmom81
    I think Anne meant *some* guys go into nursing to be a 'little prince'...(and they do ) just like *some* females go into nursing to meet docs. Most of us who have had long careers went into nursing for the RIGHT reasons I bet.

    There are minor prejudices and stereotypes everywhere to be overcome..it's the human condition. The pretty perky young blonde nurse may be stereotyped as a bimbo by some. The young male may be questioned as to sexual preference by some closeminded individual.

    As for me I enjoy working with 'good nurses' of all shapes, sizes, gender, ethnicity, etc....if they're good nurses they generally find they are welcomed into the fold. Dedication, team spirit and a sense of humor can eventually overcome most petty prejudices I've found.

    I believe the huge majority (95% or more) of nurses feel the same.
  12. by   shodobe
    I have worked in the OR for 25 years and this subject has been hashed and re-hashed so many times. I have no problem and if there was a problem with my co-workers with me being a MALE, who cares! That's their problem. Besides they love me and think I am the greatest! Just kidding. We get along very well and have known each other in some cases for 25 years. I am probably the longest employed "male nurse" in the hospital. I get along well with all the nurses throughout the hospital and with the MDs as well. If you have the skills, knowledge and respect for fellow employees and patients then everything else will be great. I think most of the other posters are right and this issue should be put to rest. It gets boring after awhile. Mike
  13. by   mario_ragucci
    Originally posted by abrenrn
    there are a lot of men who choose nursing just so a bunch of, whoever, will tell them how special they are. In general they are not very good nurses.
    I'm sorry, I have to agree with her, because she makes a good point. Male nurses usually think they are the cat's meow. Women are unique to nursing and caring, and men who attempt to dabble in PT care find out quick how unsuited they are. :kiss