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    Raising minimum wage ..RN Salaries increase?

    I wish the United States would treat education like a public health issue, as many European nations do. Democracies are strengthened by an educated populace. If we had the sense to fund public universities with tax dollars and make them essentially tuition-free, we'd eliminate the burden of student debt for the next generation. That and raising the minimum wage would go a long way toward a stronger economy and, frankly, a healthier, happier nation.
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    The Men in OB Debate: Help!

    Thank you to everyone who has replied so far. JKL33 thank you for the compliment! Two quick replies - I did work as a CNA prior to nursing school, and I had my share of patients who didn't want a male caregiver. It was fine, I never took it personally - patient comfort comes first. I also saw it on Med/Surg. Sometimes I've had patients who weren't sure, but who were perfectly fine after meeting me. A bit of advice I once read about nursing was: "Go into every situation and be kind, and you'll be amazed how far that will take you." (That seems like good advice for life in general.) LovingLife123, I have heard of a growing number of women who won't see a male provider or nurse during pregnancy. In fact, when I did my OB observation I learned about a local provider's office who will not hire any male staff. They sell their practice on the fact that their staff are all female and they do quite well. So I do gather that there will be women who will decline a male nurse, and that's okay. I don't want to get off track, but just a comment on vaccinations since LovingLife brought it up - at the pregnancy fair, I gave out Tdap vaccines to expecting mothers and family. It was mostly positive, but a few people were pretty hostile, saying nurses are basically murderers for giving out vaccines. It was eye-opening.
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    The Men in OB Debate: Help!

    Hello everyone! I'll begin with a few caveats: first, I'm brand new here, and so this may or may not be the the right forum for my post. I see that there's a "men in nursing" sub-forum but a) I feel like people from all specialties and perspectives may want to weigh in on the question, and b) gender is more complicated than binary "male/female" categories. (I'm being personal and not political with that statement, I promise.) So, I am a nursing student in a BSN program and I graduate on December 14. I went into my studies not sure what type of nursing I wanted to do. I never thought I'd enjoy my OB rotation but it ended being my favorite rotation. I loved it. My current clinical instructor for advanced med/surg is an OB nurse, and she arranged for me to shadow on the L&D unit and help out at a pregnancy fair. The nurse manager on the unit took notice of my work and asked me to apply for the nurse residency program once I graduate. "I want to hire you," she said. Obviously, I was flattered and very excited. I didn't have any reservations about it until I posted an article about men in OB nursing on Facebook. While the overwhelming majority of responses were positive, there were those who professed a strong and passionate objection to men in the OB field. That childbirth is a uniquely female experience, and men can never relate to their patient as closely as a woman nurse can, was one reason given. The concern for women with a history of sexual abuse and trauma and how a male nurse could reintroduce feelings of trauma or open up emotional wounds was another. Finally, many women expressed that, in the current cultural/political landscape, women need more safe spaces where men are not present. I think all of these concerns are legitimate. And so, I'm torn. I love the work of OB and the feedback I've received from clinical instructors and other nurses is that I would shine in this field. But bearing in mind the fundamental principle of healthcare/nursing praxis, "do no harm," I am concerned that a man in OB might be too controversial and divisive. Maybe it is the wrong time, culturally and politically, for it. I'm throwing it out to this forum for feedback. I have heard from my friends, family, and colleagues, but I want to make the right choice. Please share your thoughts - pro, con, I want to hear all perspectives. Thank you!
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