Dayray and mark_LD_RN I'm sure that you are both great nurses and I'm sure that you truly do give good care to your patients regardless of gender. I'm just stating my personal opinion. Only 2 men have EVER taken intimate care of me:my husband and my OB/GYN. I don't even let my family doctor (male) examine me for anything this is in any way related to "female problems". If I need any type of female exam or female procedure it's ONLY my OB/GYN that I see for that. If you were in charge of my care for anything else I would not have any problem what so ever with either of you being "my nurse". Don't ask me why, it's just the way I feel most comfortable. I, in no way ,think that male nurses are any less qualified or capable. It's just my honest personal opinion. Thanks for going into the nursing field. Keep up the great work and God Bless.