Hi all. I'm planning on attending nursing school this coming summer. Currently, I work in a profession totally different then what my degree is in. I did work in the scope of my degree for a few months, but I found it to be not rewarding in the least. I was wondering what, if any reasons that there are not many males in this profession? Also how are males accepted? Do you think that the influx of males in nursing will bring about a reform concerning wages, hours, and increased respectibility to the general public? I really enjoy helping people and I hope this topic doesn't strike a nerve with anyone.
Nov 28, '02
I am currently wrapping up my first semester as an RN student after switching from a previous profession. Based upon my own experience, and that of others relayed to me, I can say you should prepare to be discriminated against by some RNs during clinical, by some instructors and by some patients.
The most common responses to a male nursing student: "Aren't you smart enough to be a doctor?", and "Couldn't you find a job anywhere else."
My personal favorite is "Are you gay?"
According to statistics, about 7 percent of entering nursing students are male -- but about three percent of those will drop out. Hang in there, with recent pay increases and RN ratios that improve working conditions, the nursing station could become a man's world.
Last edit by NMAguiar on Nov 28, '02