I'm Proud of Being "Just" an O.R. Nurse

  1. As many of you have seen, there is a strong movement to bring gender parity to the Operating Room - a setting that is currently dominated by men - nearly every statistic supports that. The #ILookLikeASurgeon movement and the New Yorker Magazine cover have brought attention that women can be just as capable of surgeons as their male counterparts.

    I support this movement; I support this plight; I support equity and merit-based institutions

    I DO not support some of the commentary that has come with this movement.

    There are a number of articles covering this movement where a female surgeon is interviewed and says something to like of...

    "When I walked into the room, the patient thought I was the nurse. I was so offended"

    I get it - the point is that you're getting 'type-cast' into traditional societal views that men are surgeons and women are nurses. BUT...there are worst things to be mistaken for than a nurse. I am proud to be an Operating Room Nurse. I am proud to work alongside these amazing women surgeons, just as I am to work alongside their male colleagues.

    I would never think it's ok to say, "I was so offended, the patient thought I was the Scrub Tech."

    I have thick skin and I work in a cardiac OR - I'm the last person who cares about being P.C. That said, I don't think its productive to advance the plight against one injustice by creating another.
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    They're obviously not referring to anyone's intrinsic value as a human being ...just the fact that they've gone to school longer and passed a harder test. I wouldn't worry much about it. Plus, maybe they're offended that people don't seem to recognize that males can be excellent nurses, too? Let's assume that's the case and all be happy.
  4. by   brownbook
    I immediately think of a male nurse saying..."I was offended, the patient thought I was a doctor".

    But I'm old and it's still hard to not stereotype.

    The female male carrier was walking up to our door I said: "The mailman is here."

    I had a colonoscopy. A taciturn male employee brought me back to get ready, asked appropriate medical history questions, started my IV. He was so we'll dressed, kind of looked like a Ken doll. I finally asked if he was an anesthesiologist? He was the nurse, but added because of the scrub jacket he looked more like a doctor.

    I'm sure I wouldn't have thought that of a female.

    But the main point here is....staff should introduce themselves. I always tell patients: "I'm brownbook I'll be your nurse".

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