Yep. Male nurse. Did MICU ER and now CVICU. I'm also a former competitive bodybuilder and currently a competitive power lifter. I think being a bit bigger and muscular has helped me out many-fold in nursing. I worked in the emergency department at a large urban trauma one hospital that is know to be on of the busiest ERs in the country. There were stabbings shootings drug usage and people that were not so friendly. It was to my benefit to be bigger and stronger because the sense of me being able to take care of myself by the patients had them give me less of a hassle than the small petite nurses that are also there. We have security that is armed with police authority and a holding cell in the basement. To walk through the ER you have to go through a metal detector. It's pretty rough. I enjoyed and the police enjoyed having another man who was larger and they could count on to help them.
I am not saying its the end all be all. I am a really good and compassionate and caring nurse. I will do things to break the ice and make people feel comfortable and I work in the CViCU now and I will come to the bedside and will tell people sometimes, "no I'm not security, I'm actually your nurse." They usually laugh and it breaks the ice and its pretty cool. It's a part of who I am because I have been doing it for almost 24 years of my life and it has only helped my nursing career. The only thing that sucks s that people always ask me for help lifting the heavy Pts. That's a pain in the butt but one I will take gladly.
Train hard my bruthas!