Quote from MistaV
I know as a man it will not be an easy road in nursing, ... I would like to be respected for what I do.
If respect is an important aspect to you... then the military is your game. Your schooling and commission, not just your job, all earn you that respect.
...And we are talking opposite extremes here in regards to respect. Where civilian men in this field might hear a cat-call or snickering while walking from their vehicle, passed other guys, into the hospital... in the uniformed services, those guys instead come to the position of attention, and snap a hand salute while rendering you a greeting: "Good evening sir!"
The career-guide book What Color is Your Parachute
calls the military "The greatest kept secret in the world".
I spent 16 years in the military and never saw a nurse shown disrespect even once. Not by doctors nor patients.
Look over the boards here and read of all the accounts of nurses being treated like a waiter or bus-boy. If one of the troops should treat a nurse in that manner, they are facing some very real jail time... do not pass go, do not collect 300 dollars.
You don't have to labor for years in the hospital to prove that you deserve to be taken seriously... your rank as an officer warrants that the directions that you give are carried out immediately, without question or discussion.
I absolutely loved serving in the armed forces. It took three ruptured disks and back surgery to end my service... and I left kicking and screaming.