Even though I left nursing a few years ago (I am currently an information systems engineer in radiology) I still love the profession enough to review the various nursing literature (and bulletin boards) to keep my finger on the proverbial pulse of nursing. In a previous post on the many variations on a theme in regard to "men in nursing" I wrote:
"I left nursing for a job that paid more, had better hours, provided better working conditions, and offered me a brighter future.
I left nursing because I grew weary of the passive aggressive behavior I witnessed daily in nursing practice as nurses turned on each other for one reason or another.
I have been in health care for 23 years. I started out as a naval hospital corpsman and worked in the proverbial trenches as an EMT and Surgical Technician before I came into nursing.
I have an Associate's of Science in Surgical Technology, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and a Master's of Science in Nursing Education. I am also certified as a Nurse Educator and Oncology Clinical Specialist. I am published in the American Journal of Nursing and various other periodicals but in spite of my achievement I got no respect.
Until I left nursing.
Where are the men? They are out there with other men and women working hard looking for those jobs that give them in some measure personal satisfaction and financial well being.
I didn't find that in nursing.
For those of you who stay in nursing I wish you well and the best of luck. No job is perfect but I can say that I found work outside of nursing that is fulfilling and certainly leaves me in a better mood when I come home to the wife and children."
As you can see from the above remarks I didn't leave nursing because of just one issue but rather a collection of grievances that compiled over the years.
However looking back, it seems the 90's was so about "male bashing" (amongst other things) that perhaps that my negative experience in nursing was exacerbated by a political correctness that became more mean spirited and hypocritical over time.
And yes I work with females in my current field and I respect them immensely and value their contributions as engineers. For me working with women was never the problem but rather the negative stereotypes I endured (failed physician, homosexual) and a nursing culture that refused to accept men.