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how are men treated at your workplace?

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by chillbrah chillbrah (New) New

Are you aware if they get paid more than their female counterparts, or get any kind of special treatment? I also heard that male nurses are sought after and sometimes it is easier to get hired or accepted into a nursing school since they like diversity. Do you find this to be true?

EricJRN, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 15 years experience.

Nope, generally not. My hospital pays according to experience/placement on the career ladder and there's not much room for negotiation. As an applicant to a school or for a job, you might stand out a little more in certain specialties because there are few male applicants, but I think any advantage is very small.

Are you aware if they get paid more than their female counterparts, or get any kind of special treatment? I also heard that male nurses are sought after and sometimes it is easier to get hired or accepted into a nursing school since they like diversity. Do you find this to be true?

The special treatment males receive at my workplace is there is usually no line for their restroom. Other than that, no difference in pay, no special treatment. Diversity comes in many forms besides being male.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

As an aside: the 'lack of diversity' in nursing (gender-related) is NOT because men have been kept out of the profession, it is because men have not chosen the profession. Therefore, reparations are not needed.

psu_213, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Telemetry, Transplant. Has 6 years experience.

Are you aware if they get paid more than their female counterparts, or get any kind of special treatment? I also heard that male nurses are sought after and sometimes it is easier to get hired or accepted into a nursing school since they like diversity. Do you find this to be true?

No they don't, and no they aren't.

Is there some reason the answer to either question should be yes?

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

You do realize that it is actually illegal to pay someone more just because of their gender, right? Any US organization that does this is violating Federal labor laws. Consequences can be severe.

In my organization's facilities, male nurses make up from 12% - 19% of the nursing staffs. So there's really no huge push to increase numbers. At this point, we're much more interested in improving our ethnic/racial diversity to more closely match the patient populations we serve.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

In the area where I live, the only advantages to being a male in nursing lie in advancement opportunities and overall treatment.

Essentially, male nurses tend to move up the career ladder more quickly than their female counterparts. I suppose this is because males stand out in a sea of female nurses. For instance, my male nurse manager has been a nurse since 2008 and is educated at the associate degree level. Previous females who have held that position were educated at the baccalaureate (BSN) degree level or higher and had been nurses for decades.

Anecdotally, male nurses also tend to be treated more respectfully by patients, families and other members of the interdisciplinary team.

Don't get paid one cent more

OldDude

Specializes in Pediatrics Retired.

The special treatment I receive is to be called on if there is a heavy lift or if there is a combative patient to subdue. Otherwise everything is the same as the girls...other than no wait in the restroom!!! Good one enuf_already!

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

Our pay is the same, my (male) orientation buddy and I discussed it. The only time it makes a difference to me is if I can't reach something and anyone that is taller than I am is sought out LOL. We have some male CNAs and we have more trouble with the pts not feeling comfortable with male caregivers than anything.

I do wish we had more males, they certainly mean less drama!!!

That Guy, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency/Cath Lab. Has 6 years experience.

We get paid more for being the badasses that we are.

Seriously these questions still come up?

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 19 years experience.

Yes to male nurses being hired more readily, as well as being promoted faster. No to making more money, pay is based on experience, gender makes no difference. Nor does degree, ADN[ASN] and BSN nurses are paid the same. Interestingly enough male nurses tend to leave for greener pastures, meaning higher paying jobs before advancement opportunities arrive, as do the few BSN nurses that we have had.