I am a male nursing student - What Did I Get Myself Into?!?!?

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Specializes in Former NP now Internal medicine PGY-3. 488 Posts

Never really had any issues in nursing school, we had several guys, several in NP school, and even medical school is a majority female now. So just deal.


FiremedicMike, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ED RN, Firefighter/Paramedic. 318 Posts

1 thing that's been great - the mens room is NEVER busy.. LOL


Sam Mathews

Sam Mathews

33 Posts

Hi....I understand the problems one may face....and it is unfortunate that one has to deal with so many things.


Specializes in RN, DSD. Has 27 years experience. 38 Posts

Being a male nurse can be a blessing and a curse.   Your usually left out of the infighting, that's a blessing.  You do get a disproportionate amount of the difficult and over weight patients dumped on you.    I love it though.   Patients tend to treat you like a doctor.  I have to repeatedly tell them Im a nurse.   



9 Posts

I honestly thought I was the only one that felt that way. Initially, I was going to school for Physical Therapy. But after a few years of trying, I was unsuccessful in getting admitted into a PT school. I switched career paths to nursing now and I just started my nursing program. There are times where I ask myself, what have I gotten myself into? It is sort of reassuring that I am not alone in this. Good luck!



14 Posts

In psych nursing being a male nurse definitely helps with maintaining unit acuity.


gere7404, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room, CEN, TCRN. Has 5 years experience. 658 Posts

On 10/23/2021 at 7:27 AM, FiremedicMike said:

1 thing that's been great - the mens room is NEVER busy.. LOL


😂😂 we all had our own personal stalls in the mens room

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magnumGI, BSN, LPN

Specializes in Long Term Care. Has 10 years experience. 11 Posts

Through my LPN and BSN programs, being a male was a total non-issue everywhere except during my OB clinicals. I had one patient who didn't want a male student. It didn't hurt my feelings because, honestly, I've got zero interest in OB. 

On the job (as an LPN, I haven't taken my NCLEX-RN yet), I point-blank get treated with more respect than my female coworkers 99% of the time by patients, families, physicians, and even other female coworkers. I like to think that I've earned the generally good treatment I receive by being competent, hard-working, and sociable. And that probably is a lot of it. On the other hand, I've worked with women who are far more competent than I am, work harder than I do, and are super easy to get along with. I still get more respect than them most of the time.

It isn't fair, I didn't ask for it to be that way, but it is what it is. I don't feel guilty about benefiting from it, because it doesn't make sense to feel guilty over something I can't control. I'm not going to turn down a raise or a promotion over it; I've got a family to feed and I know I worked hard to earn it. 

But I would say that, as a member of a profession that aspires to ethical principles like justice, you do have some responsibility to try to walk the talk. You don't have to wear a cape or anything. Just check your biases and do basic good human-being stuff: Make sure you're giving credit where it's due, support your team members when they need it, and don't let messed up comments or behavior go unchecked. 






141 Posts

When I precept new grads I actually prefer the second career folks with life and work experience.

I don't really agree with the males climbing the ladder faster.  I think often it just comes down to the males working more and building experience faster.  My last 2 orientees we're out pregnant within a year and one now staying at home.  VS basically all the males working full time gaining experience.  I also see males working more OT on average.  So ya, I think males do tend to advance faster but I think it's because they build the experience faster.  

I think women advance just as fast if they gain experience at the same rate but they  often don't.  



Specializes in Student Nurse. 41 Posts

LOL. I found this thread to be very encouraging. Just finished my prereqs and am waiting on whether or not I’m going to be accepted into the Spring program for an ASN-RN program I’ve been working toward. My program only lets about 20% of applicants in, but I was advised that the points I’ve accumulated is going to be very competitive. Hoping I get in so I can join the ranks with you all. I began with a health insurance company which was also a health care provider. They offered to pay for my schooling, and I really wanted to make a difference, so here I am. Wife became disabled during the pandemic, and so I need to be able to earn a little bit more since she’s not able to work and we don’t have disability. I have been navigating the insurance side of things for the past decade. I think nursing is going to be a better use of my mind, which I felt was being wasted by the same ol same ol day in and day out. Spreadsheets, benefits, exclusions, CMS star ratings, etc. I’ve loved learning biology, micro, A&P I & II, psych courses, and diet therapy over the past year. Just finished the TEAS. Hoping my points will be good enough to get me in. I am only missing one point, 84 out of a max possible 85 for the program. You just never know until you get the letter. Should know by end of October.🤞



19 Posts

Good luck!