In my nursing school, being a male did not give you any advantage. We were treated the same. If you showed up late, not in proper uniform, or didn't do your assignments, you were given what ever was laid out in the school's nursing handbook and class syllabus as a punishment whether male or female. As far as selection goes, the school goes by a points system which is determined by grades, pre-reqs, number of classes taken, scores on NET, experience in medical field, and so on. Application didn't ask if I was male or female. After graduation (and tons of hard work), I was not hired based on being a male. I was hired based on my references, interview, grades, and work experience. Maybe you just need to decide what you really want to do and apply yourself to it instead of worrying about having an advantage or disadvantage about being male. Oh, and there is no target on my back. All of the nurses I work with treat each other respectfully as long as each is doing his/her job (pulling your own weight) and helping out whenever and wherever needed.