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What is your reaction toward the term "Murses" for male-nurses?

  1. 1. What is your reaction toward the term "Murses" for male-nurses?

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      I am male and I find it offensive or irritating
    • 102
      I am female and I find it offensive or irritating
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      I am male and I find it funny
    • 26
      I am female and I find it funny
    • 3
      I am male and I have no opinion
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      I am female and I have no opinion
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      I am male and I am ok with it as long as the intent is good
    • 12
      I am female and I am ok with it as long as the intent is good
    • 7
      I am male and my reaction is not listed in the options
    • 15
      I am female and my reaction is not listed in the options

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What is your reaction toward the term "Murses" for male-nurses?

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Marie_LPN, RN is a LPN, RN and specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

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I don't think it's necessary. You don't see doctors and doctorettes out there.

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Ari RN has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PICU, Peds Ambulatory, Peds LTC.

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I don't like it. I agree 100% with LPN2BE2004.

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It sounds too much like nurses for Smurfs.

:rotfl: :rotfl:

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Lol I thought the very same Smurf thing! :rotfl:

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i think it is totally patronizing and belittling. :stone

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gwenith is a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Dom't see mothimg wromg with it:rotfl::rotfl:

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11,191 Posts; 54,548 Profile Views

Dom't see mothimg wromg with it:rotfl::rotfl:

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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From one of my all-time sitcoms, Sienfeld:

"A brazier for men, the 'man-zier' ".

The trend over the last couple of decades has been to eliminate gender-specific job titles. For example:

"actors" and "actresses" are now "actors";

"Stewards" and "stewardesses" are now "flight attendants"

I think what you're attempting to do is to come up with a less feminine term for "nurses" in order to attract more males to nursing - am I close?

If you are looking for a new name for "nurse", whatever your reason, it will have to be non-gender specific in order for it to catch.

Kramer wanted to call the man's "bra" a "bro".

Good luck with your quest!

Have a great night.

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I think what you're attempting to do is to come up with a less feminine term for "nurses" in order to attract more males to nursing - am I close?

If you are looking for a new name for "nurse", whatever your reason, it will have to be non-gender specific in order for it to catch.

Actually that is the other poll I had about changing the "nurse" label. "Nurse" is not gender neutral at this moment despite we have increase number of males going into the profession. But terms do change over time, before in 10 years or so, "nurse" would be gender neutral. I have been fooling around with a gender neutral term, but could not come up with any decent ones for the life of me.

One advantage of a gender neutral label is that in recruiting, you don't have to do all these explaining to potential male recruits and they in turn don't have to explain it to everyone.

Actually we are living in historical time now in terms of how the meaning of "nurse" is changing. A "nurse" is very different from a "nurse" say 40 years ago.

You are right however, if it is going to be a new term, it has to be gender neutral.

The "murse" thing, I've read it somewhere (forgot where) and I think the context was tongue-in-cheek. I thought it was pretty funny myself and did not get offended. I think it really depends on the context and the intent of the person who use it.

-Dan

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Would the following scenerio change your feelings toward "murse"?

A male nurse walked into a patient room and the patient is an elderly lady. You introduce yourself as the her nurse for whatever shift you are on. She just looked at you for a while and then went " You are a nurse? A man nurse?" You try to keep your sense of humor and not be offended went "No madam, I am a murse."

-Dan

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