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Has 3 years experience.
Aug 8, 2009
Thank you for the support.
Sep 9, 2009
I found this posting by accident and I just love it !
I am an L& D man nurse and I live day by day what it feels like to be different at work. But I have learned through out all my life, that being different is a wonderful thing.
I love my job! And that is the reason why I do it.
It all began with my first clinical rotation while attending nursing school in november of 2007. That clinical rotation was the most wonderful I had. I was always impatient for the next session. I felt in love with everything in maternity and it was instantaneously. In fact, my Instructor asked me if I had previous experience with maternity, to what I said, no. And she pulled me into one of the room and asked me if I would consider this field to what I replied, Oh yes!
I knew that L&D is what I wanted to do. I tried other "men welcoming fields" like pediatrics, psych, and was even fortunate to be assigned to the "palace of men in nursing", NEURO ICU for my preceptorship ( think destiny was testing me) but my heart, soul and thought was still in Labor and Delivery.
Later on, following my instructor advice, I went directly to the nurse manager and asked for an opportunity as an extern, whom to my surprise said, Absolutely, when do you wanna start? I was so happy. They never had an extern. And the fact that they were opening the position just for me was a good sign.
I started as an extern in may 2008, and of course was worried with all the myths. At first, I thought it was going to be difficult. But it was not. It was the best choice I ever made. Everyone was so welcoming!. The patients and the rest of the staff loved me. I kept working throughout my last year of nursing school and now I am staff RN in the same unit. I have been on the floor close to years and it feels wonderful! All the nurses, OR TECHS, nurses aids and even doctors are great with me.
I am not going to deny that I share some of fears that I read in some of the postings. And as off today, only one patient requested a female nurse instead. But I did not take it personally. Of course, it took me few hours to digest it. Later on I hear that it was her husband that got little funny about it because he "did not want that hunky guy in the room"... I laughed at the compliment..... But now, when I think back, realize that is more important that the patient/husband feels comfortable. Nevertheless, I expect more situations like that ( weather for religious, or just simply jealousy purposes). And I understand it because is part of the game, which I am very happy to play.
I was fascinated with all the postings I read here, that decided to put my two cents. So I opened this account just to reply to this thread.
In the end it all comes down to professionalism and caring attitude, and above all people do not care what gender you are as long as you care.
Particularly, I love women doctor and my PCP happen to be a woman who is been my doctor for the last 12 years and I do not see another man checking my things in the near future. It is fantastic, now that she is pregnant, she requested me to be her private duty nurse, while she goes on labor!
It is wonderful to read that there are other guys like!
Good Luck to the best to all of you!
Edited Sep 9, 2009 by OBRNHUNK
i am glad to hear that you found a home in l&d. you are right it is about professionalism. as far as the one request, our job is to provide an atmosphere of health, both physical and emotional, if that means finding a female then that is our job. it is definitely not personal. it sounds to me like he was just a little insecure and that is ok. remember our patient is the mother, the baby, and the family...including the father (or sig other). we are breaking new ground and sexism seems to be prevalent (at least in my area, billings mt). in time things will even out, you are a pioneer and i commend you.
i recently passed my boards and start in the icu. four years as a obtech showed me what i want, now i need to fight to get there. not my passion, but good experience to take to l&d when i get there.
Specializes in OB, L&D, IPR (1 year).
Has 12 years experience.
Sep 10, 2009
Coming to you from the management side. I would LOVE to have a male L&D nurse or a male PP nurse. part of ripping the steryotype down is to let all nurses regardless of gender go for the jobs and the specialties they are interested in.
as for education and teaching with breast feeding. one breastfeedings biggest advocate, researcher, specialist, educator is a man. Dr Jack Newman. and yes he is a doctor but so what. he even developed a way for adopting mothers to breastfeed. maybe not fully but at least in some way.
so I say go for it. yes you may incounter some difficulty but so do women when we have to give a bed bath to a man or put in a foley. you just have to move on.
Sep 11, 2009
thank you for the encouragement tammki5g! i start in the icu on the 21 but i am applying at every opportunity for my passion l&d. in the mean time, i will gain some great experience. i agree with you sexism is wrong regardless of gender. also thank you for the tip on dr. jack newman, i will look him up online and forgive him for being an md:) finally, thank you for being forward thinking! i faced sexism in school, in fact i almost didn’t make it through! i went to the state human rights board and the school caved they knew their instructor was in the wrong. (she changed my grade in the computer just b4 the next semester and i couldn’t continue with my class. i had to sit out a semester but the school paid me for it. (rn wages for six months)
Nov 23, 2009
I think male nurses are sometimes some of the best care givers, partly because they have to work so much harder to prove themselves. On our unit we have no male RN's but we do have one male scrub tech- and he ALWAYS get compliments from patients about how great he was during their delivery (mostly C-sections because they generally don't come in for vag deliveries). I think it is absolutely HILARIOUS when patients refuse to have a male nurse for their delivery nurse, however they have NO issue with having a male doctor. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE PEOPLE???? I think it is a total double standard and completely ridiculous. I could care less what gender you are, as long as you are providing me with competent care that's all that matters. Some people are more comfortable with women, which is your decision, just don't pull the double standard and allow male doctors. OK, stepping off my soap box now :)
In the past my OB was an older man, really nice and comforting. I had to have a really uncomfortable procedure done and he made me feel a lot better about it. He's retired now and I've since moved away from that area so I no longer see him, now I see a woman OB...and truth be told, I actually preferred the male OB over her. I never even think about the fact that a doctor is male or female, seriously they're a medical professional they're obviously not thinking about anything but the issue at hand when they're looking at your nether regions.
However, I've never had a baby so I don't know what it's like and I definitely can understand some women who maybe just feel like they'd want a woman there with them...
I'd say go for it though...there's plenty of ppl out there (like me!) who wouldn't care a bit if the OB nurse was male or female.
Male L/D, RN
Jan 28, 2011
I am a male L/D nurse. I want to say that i value and enjoy my work. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
I can tell you that i have never had a problem with patients (other then status regarding religion). Fathers do not care either. I simply go out of my way to involve the father and treat the women i care for with respect and dignity, always making them feel at ease.
Those males wanting to be RNs in the L/D unit can expect to be accepted with closed arms, this is expected as you are taboo. The good news is we do not live in the 60's, people, patients, and nurses are open minded. Show them you belong, and you will fit in "like one of the girls."
I enjoy working with my female co-workers, and (not to sound confident) I am actually one of the nurses who gets requested by patients and families on numerous occasions.
Thank you for reading and i value the fact that everyone has an opinion. You do not need to agree with me, nor approve of me, i simply wanted to voice my opinion.
Specializes in ED, Tele, L&D.
Has 10 years experience.
Jan 29, 2011
We do not have any males working in our L&D unit, and I for one would LOVE to work with some males. The general attitude from the RN's on my floor seems to be that male RN'S can't work on our floor because they need to have a female standby for VE's and such. For you male RN's how do you work around this. I would love your input, b/c I personally love working alongside male coworkers and this is the first time I've ever worked in a primarily female environment. I hope that over time the attitudes on my floor will shift. And kudos to all you men who are breaking down the barriers :)
Specializes in NICU Transport/NICU.
Has 4 years experience.
Jan 30, 2011
The general attitude from the RN's on my floor seems to be that male RN'S can't work on our floor because they need to have a female standby for VE's and such. For you male RN's how do you work around this. :)
Simple, we just do the exam. How often is there a male nurse in an ED running around inserting all of the foleys in the men?
Apr 2, 2011
I find it odd that some people will comment that they do not feel men should work in L&D - If that was to be the case then perhaps we should re-write the NCLEX and have a male and female version. Not very fair to ask a guy a maternity question on the NCLEX if you don't want him on the floor when he graduates (and a huge waste of his time and money to require the education if he hits a wall when it comes employment time).
Specializes in Perinatal, Education.
Has 9 years experience.
I can see where you might feels this way. I have no problem with male L&D nurses, but there is another reason for having maternal child training for all nurses. You will sometimes have pregnant and newly delivered women on other floors and all nurses should know how to care for them. As an L&D nurse, I have spent shifts in ICU and in the ER when these ladies are brought in for other issues. That was at a big hospital that had the staffing for that--what if your hospital doesn't have those services? Do you know to check a fundus and lochia when your 5 day postpartum woman shows up for acute appendicitis? What if she is still breastfeeding? What if she is still pregnant? You may not (probably not, we all don't) remember everything from school, but perhaps you will!
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