Quote from flimbar
I was wondering how male nurses are treated at hospitals. I know the media makes fun of male nurses. Do patients request female nurses or doctors treat you different? Any info you can spare please!
The media makes fun of male nurses? I haven't seen that. I agree that the nursing profession on the whole has lost some respect over the years, but that began happening long before so many men began entering the field and way before my time.
I find that MD's really don't care whether you're male or female as long as you know exactly what you're doing and you can give them intelligent answers to their questions. However, in my experience, some docs are more partial to the men because they don't speak to us or treat us the way they sometimes act towards the women.
Its a similar thing with the pts. Wearing a white labcoat is a part of our nursing uniform, and it never fails that whenever I walk into a pt's room for the first time he or she always assumes that I am a doctor, and the only reason for that assumption is because I'm a man wearing a white labcoat with a stethescope around my neck. Even after I explain that I am a student nurse, most of them tend to be more respectful to me that they are to the female RNs who are taking care of them.
I was totally freaked out back during GIGU, when I had to catheterize a female patient for the first time. But most pts don't care, as long as you are professional in everything you do and treat them with respect. I've never had a pt tell me they would prefer a female nurse, but if that happens its no big deal.