Women or girls ? - page 3

As a male going into a predominently female profession, it's important for me to use the right words. Is it okay for a guy to refer to women as girls? If you hear a male nurse saying "girls" when... Read More

  1. by   BrandyBSN
    I too prefer the collective term "guys".

    Women sounds standoffish, Ladies can be nice, but often it tends to add to sexism.

    Personally, I prefer to be addressed as Brandy I HATE when someone calls me "Nurse Brandy", as it reminds me of some old black and white movie where nurses are depicted as handmaidens. and I also dont like to be called Ms. Leake (my last name). Ms. Leake is my grandmother, its not me

    i applaud you for asking for opinions! Actually, I dont really care how I am refered to, because I will pay much more attention to the TONE OF VOICE that I am responding to rather than the word you used to refer to me As long as your vocal tone is appropriate and friendly, then you shouldnt have much to worry about

  2. by   sharann
    I agree with Nurse4kids and BrandyBsn in that:

    1. If they'll be offended (or offensive) they will be

    2. The tone is more important than the term
  3. by   tiger
    i would have to say "guys" is my favorite as well. however being from tx. i have to throw a ya'll in there every now and then.
  4. by   thisnurse
    i call my coworkers chickies or chickie or i add "poo" at the end of their names...bobbypoo.. they know im just kidding. i dont care what they call me.
    my favorite term of endearment for me by patients is...
    "YOU ****ING *****"
    i say
    "yeah thats what they all say"
  5. by   rosy
    We can call each other 'girls' you can't.
  6. by   teeituptom
    I dont know. I just refer to everybody as Yall. I leave guys,gals,whatever out. Just plain old yall.
    Yall hear what im Im saying
    from deep in the heart of Texasss
  7. by   Lausana
    I really don't care, I'm young so girls is acceptable, but probably not if I was older & ladies sounds kind of old!
    I work with an older man who always greets me with "hey girl" in a tone that makes me want to respond with "yo, what up" or something...but since he has a teenage son I think he's just trying to be "cool" to me since I'm younger, although not a teenager??! After a while it just makes me laugh.

    I usually use the safe "guys" around work.
  8. by   highasthesky
    Hate to be called Honey, or sweetie by a man
    Hate to be called "chick"
    Hate to be called "girl"
    Absolutely hate to be called Maam'!

    Wouldn't mind, women, ladies, or even you guys
  9. by   nicola
    I'm origionally from Delaware and tend towards y'all, too. When I was in school, one of the guys (see!), would call us gals. Any one else would have gotten clocked by most of us, but he was a great guy! I think it mostly depends on who's saying it and how. I, too, can't stand the "dear", "sweetie" stuff. There's only ONE person who can call me that and we've been together nearly 4 years now...

    Oh, you know what's funny, tho? If a latino calls me "mami", I don't mind. That's just a generic thing and rolls off me now...
  10. by   micro
    Originally posted by blondie
    I've been bit, scratched, thrown up on, told exactly where to shove my pills, etc. As long as you show up on time to relieve me, I'm not going to make a deal of it, either.


    I am just one of those hey you kind of people.........learn my name and use it, but if you say hey, hey you, hey guys, gals, nurse and or Hi, I am from Publisher's Clearing House and you are a winner of our$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    micro takin on the world
  11. by   prn nurse
    in pairs and as opposites. For example:
    Boys & Girls.....when it is appropriate to use boys, the corresponding pronoun is girls.
    Girls & Boys
    Ladies & Gentlemen
    Women & Men
    Keep it simple.
    Before your time, there was a famous social upheaval and social protest movement in the 1970's. It was called "the Women's Liberation Movement." A lot of good laws were passed because of the women's marches and protests. Lots of female doctors and lawyers these days. Female cops and firefighters, (remember when the term was firemen?...mailman?) Lots of benefits, yes, from "Women's Libber's." And one of their complaints was being referred to as "girls". The secretarial pool was always "Girls". The bosses were men. In the hospital envoirment, the nurses are "Girls", and the doctors and male nurses are "Men." Only if we females allow you all to get away with it. If I were you, I would refer to any female past menarche as a woman. As we refer to all teen boys as "young men", as a sign of respect.
  12. by   live4today
    As long as what you call me isn't "nasty, derogatory, insulting of my character, or belittling", I'll answer to almost anything!
  13. by   nursedawn67
    I personally don't mind being called a girl, lady or women. Madam I hate, I'm not a female pimp and I'm not 90, so please leave madam of the list. When I refer to those I work with I refer to the men occasionally as male nurse (depending on what their first name is, if the name is Chris I say male nurse or male nursing assist because we have several Chris' working in the facilty) And as much as I hate to refer to them as male nurses or male nursing assistants, frankly people would just go looking for a female, so I'm left with no choice......anyhow I know that seemed to go off topic but the point is I refer to males that way and female staff members as ladies or women. When I'm referring to residents sometimes when I leave a room with 2 female residents in it I say "good night ladies."

    You of all the names people could be called we should be happy that they refer to us as ladies, girls or women, there are worst names that I'm sure we have all been called by other staff, residents or patients!