Change title of "Nurse"? - page 5

Hello, I'm a junior year nursing student and this question seems to come up alot: why not change the title of "Nurse"? It doesn't bother me too much because I care more about taking care of... Read More

  1. by   Jamie Dale
    I don't think changing the name or"title" will help. Because at the end of the day, our job doesn't change. As men in nursing, steriotyping will always be a negative part of the job. We have to change our own thinking and learn to deal with it.
  2. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from jb2u
    Until the public understands what a Nurse actually does, the title just won't matter! Maybe, hopefully, after the public is well educated on the duties and responsibilities of a Nurse then the males that join this profession will be PROUD to be called a Nurse and not embarrassed.
    Great point!

    I also think that as trailblazers in the field (Male RNs), we also have the responsibility of showing that we are every bit as caring and qualified as our sisters in the profession. We need to show the public that they need to drop their old stereotypes about nurses and nursing!

    It is my humble belief that this is very much in the realsm of possibility.
    And we need to garner the aid and assistance of our sisters in the profession!

    cheers,
  3. by   karenG
    [QUOTE=Roy Fokker]Great point!

    I also think that as trailblazers in the field (Male RNs), we also have the responsibility of showing that we are every bit as caring and qualified as our sisters in the profession. We need to show the public that they need to drop their old stereotypes about nurses and nursing!



    I wonder how many years men have to be in nursing before you are the norm? trallblazing is an interesting concept. I've been qualified 25 yrs now and there were 9 men in my class and we had Male RN's as charge nurses and tutors.. in fact our sister tutor was a man! (always felt a bit odd referring to him as sister tutor but thats the title!) The men I trained with are still nurses.. so how long do you have to trailblaze for??

    me.. I'm a trailblazer as an NP- but then we've only had actual real NP's here for 20yrs! and there are only 3000 of us.

    I feel sad that you still feel you are trailblazing after men have been an accepted part of nursing for many years now. Well at least here men have been around for much longer than me in nursing.

    Karen
  4. by   jb2u
    Quote from karenG
    I wonder how many years men have to be in nursing before you are the norm? trallblazing is an interesting concept. I've been qualified 25 yrs now and there were 9 men in my class and we had Male RN's as charge nurses and tutors.. in fact our sister tutor was a man! (always felt a bit odd referring to him as sister tutor but thats the title!) The men I trained with are still nurses.. so how long do you have to trailblaze for??

    me.. I'm a trailblazer as an NP- but then we've only had actual real NP's here for 20yrs! and there are only 3000 of us.

    I feel sad that you still feel you are trailblazing after men have been an accepted part of nursing for many years now. Well at least here men have been around for much longer than me in nursing.

    Karen
    I don't think Roy is so much speaking about trailblazing as far as being accepted by the female nurses. It is more about trailblazing in the sense that the public still doesn't understand the concept of a Man being a Nurse to the point that they have to specify "oh, you are a Male Nurse. Are you going to go on to med school?"
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from karenG
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Great point!

    I also think that as trailblazers in the field (Male RNs), we also have the responsibility of showing that we are every bit as caring and qualified as our sisters in the profession. We need to show the public that they need to drop their old stereotypes about nurses and nursing!
    I wonder how many years men have to be in nursing before you are the norm? trallblazing is an interesting concept. I've been qualified 25 yrs now and there were 9 men in my class and we had Male RN's as charge nurses and tutors.. in fact our sister tutor was a man! (always felt a bit odd referring to him as sister tutor but thats the title!) The men I trained with are still nurses.. so how long do you have to trailblaze for??

    me.. I'm a trailblazer as an NP- but then we've only had actual real NP's here for 20yrs! and there are only 3000 of us.

    I feel sad that you still feel you are trailblazing after men have been an accepted part of nursing for many years now. Well at least here men have been around for much longer than me in nursing.

    Karen
    Hi Karen,

    See jb2u's response above. Nursing, especially for men, is still looked as a "poor cousin" of Medicine. Heck, even those considering advanced practice degrees are persuaded to become PAs rather than NPs.

    You might be seeing a whole different world however - I admit I'm not upto speed on England and the NHS.

    I'd also like to clarrify that when I said "We need to show the public that they need to drop their old stereotypes about nurses and nursing!" - I meant "nurses and nursing" ... not "male nurses and nursing".

    The general public still holds strange stereotpyes of us nurses... many still cannot or do not appreciate the fact that we are an independent entity in most (if not all) healthcare settings.


    cheers,

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