Male Nurse and OB/GYN ? Is this okay ?

  1. I am a Male student nurse . Is it okay for Male Nurse to specilize OB/GYN ?
    How Patients feel about it ?
    Will it be difficult to find job and patient ?
    Will male nurse be marginalized being ob/gyn ?
    I am very curious ...please give some feedback
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  3. by   z's playa
    Quote from earthlover123
    I am a Male student nurse . Is it okay for Male Nurse to specilize OB/GYN ?
    How Patients feel about it ?
    Will it be difficult to find job and patient ?
    Will male nurse be marginalized being ob/gyn ?
    I am very curious ...please give some feedback

    Didn't you post this question already?
  4. by   athomas91
    i will be honest - as a female patient i wouldn't be comfortable at all. on top of that you may find it difficult because if the MD is male a female must be present for exams - that means that you would be an extra hand - which is not economical.
  5. by   HealthyRN
    I say go for it! Look at it this way...there are plenty of male physicians who choose to specialize in OB/GYN, so why should nursing be any different? There may be some females who prefer to have a female MD or nurse as opposed to a male, but there will be some who don't have a preference. Your ability to do well as an OB/GYN nurse has nothing to do with your gender! I have a male friend who has been doing OB/GYN nursing for many years and he loves it. Patients generally respond quite well to him. Good luck with your decision!
  6. by   germain
    It would depend on what kind of a guy you are. I would probably be cool with it
  7. by   Sis123
    non-PC post eliminated.
    Last edit by Sis123 on Apr 16, '05
  8. by   USAFRN 13
    How does the hospital have the right to decide they don't want to employ male RNs in labor and delivery? If a doc orders that none of his patients will have female nurses, does the hospital bend to that as well? How about Jewish nurses? Blacks? Nope, can't have them either.

    I am currently taking law classes and when I finish I may just move to Oregon and sue the hell out of that hospital. That is a clear case of discriminatory hiring practices.

    Earthlover, go ahead and go for it. You'll probably get bored with it though. I did it for about 2 years and it's not that much fun, IMO.
  9. by   Sis123
    Non-PC post eliminated.
    Last edit by Sis123 on Apr 16, '05
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from earthlover123
    I am a Male student nurse . Is it okay for Male Nurse to specilize OB/GYN ?
    Sure it is.

    How Patients feel about it ?
    Most will be OK. You might run into a few where it might be a problem, because of cultural beliefs.

    Will it be difficult to find job and patient ?
    Wouldn't think it would be difficult to find a job, unless that hospital just doesn't have any openings for nurses in their OB/GYN dept.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I know of one hospital in Oregon where no male nurses are employed in L&D. Reason? One doctor has ordered that all his patients will ONLY have female nurses.
    I'm surprised they haven't been sued for discrimination.

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