Here is my dilema with male nurses (and students for that matter).
Both my husband and I are nurses. He and all the other male nurses I know are competent, professional, practitioners. My guy floats to L&D and to other places where male nurses are not normally found. I think it is great that male nurses are becoming more intergrated but...
but at the same time i can see how there would be problems with the patients. I am a pretty shy person and there are certain times when I would not want a male nurse. One can argue that many of the docs are male and are with the patients, but due to the scope of practice between RNs and MDs there is a difference, I can't explain it but it is there.
There are certainly some ingrained social percetions that are going to need to be sorted out before male nurses can just be 'one of the girls'.
Good luck with your research!