So how does it feel like to be a male nurse

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lifestudentrn

lifestudentrn

24 Posts

Still got to stand up and P...

CIRQL8

CIRQL8

Specializes in Only the O.R. and proud of it!. Has 13 years experience. 295 Posts

I am a man and I am proud to be a nurse. I am no different than my female colleagues. I am not a male nurse nor am I a murse. I am a nurse. Educated and licensed. And Damn good at what I do (peri operative nursing). Why does is seem that the man must defend his choice to be a nurse more so than a female must defend her choice to be a physician? Do your research about being a nurse just as you would to be anything else. Do what is right for you.

Funny story if I may... When I first moved to my home, the men of the corner homes were out speaking. Me among them. They wanted to meet the new neighbor. They asked me what I do and I informed them that I work in surgery. Oh! They exclaimed. Are you an anesthesiologist or a surgeon? No, I answered, I am a nurse. There was perhaps 30/45 seconds of silence and one of them said "there's nothing wrong with that!" I had to laugh as I said "no, there's not".

NuGuyNurse2b

NuGuyNurse2b

927 Posts

hahaha that's like when I tell people I'm gay and I get the "oh that's OK" - um, thank you?

windsurfer8

windsurfer8, BSN, RN

Specializes in Prior military RN/current ICU RN.. Has 15 years experience. 1,287 Posts

No one in a hospital cares if you are male or female. They care about: Falls, Med errors, arriving to work on time and not calling out sick, being professional, being polite, working nights and weekends.. If you go to nursing school the last thing you need to worry about is being a male. This job is intense and non stop work. One mistake and you can be sued, lose your license, and/or kill someone. Focus on good study and work habits. The rest is not worth worrying about.

mosaicism105

mosaicism105, MSN

Has 13 years experience. 199 Posts

As a male nurse

I feel exhausted like female nurses

I hold my pee for a long time like female nurses

I eat late or sometimes eat while charting like female nurses

I love my coffee just like some female nurses

I get late with charting and med pass just like female nurses

I got kicked,slapped and cursed by patients just like female nurses

I get yelled at by MD's just like female nurses

I clean poop and pee in bed or on the floor or phlegm on the wall like female nurses

I do not know everything (you know something I do not know and vice versa) like female nurses

I had a hard time at school just like what female nurses had

I care for my patients like female nurses

I am an advocate, a brother, a hero for patients like a female nurse (they are just called sister :p)

I feel SATISFIED after a 12 hour shift knowing that I am a Nurse and I made something different that day... just like female nurses

"I re posted this as a new topic as well"

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Benderover2

Benderover2, CNA

Has 4 years experience. 25 Posts

I think males get treated better staff wise, in my experience in the facility (I was usually the only male cna) and the girls had so much drama and beef, a lot of them had bad attitudes towards each other but never towards me lol

J2RN1999

J2RN1999

Specializes in ER, Cath/EP, IR. Has 15 years experience. 16 Posts

Being a male nurse is no more awkward than being a male doctor. We are professionals.

Ecstatic2014

Ecstatic2014

53 Posts

@ Panjeremy,

How's it feel like to be a male nurse, or moreso, a male nurse applicant? Like cr@p!

I have posted a thread about anti-male discrimination in the hiring process for RN jobs.

Let me tell you brother, that discrimination amongst hospital HR offices for male nurse applicants, is still rampant in the US.

This is not the "fully-experience under the belt" type of male nurses I am talking about.

I am talking about brand new spanking male nurses who have just graduated from nursing school.

The new graduate RN program at my hospital mainly select female applicants.

It's not only that. But I know a lot of male nurse aides/techs at my hospital who have been working as aides/techs, for a long long LONG time (long, as in two years!), even after passing their NCLEX_RN board. These guys have their RN licenses and have applied to my hospital's new graduate nursing program, only to get turned down/denied admission, multiple times. I know of one guy who simply had it with the hospital mangemenet bureaucracy, because he was denied admission to the program, multiple # of times, that he simply left/resigned from his aide/tech job.

I am venting, because I found out several female classmates of mine are working as RN's at various hospitals in my area.

If you didn't know, it is very very difficult to find an RN job in an acute-care hospital setting, if you don't have at least 12-months of acute-care nursing experience.

So how the hell did they get hired as RN's, where they lack RN acute-care experience?

Why you ask??

It's because when they filled out their job application online, they checked off "female."

Let me know you that the "OLD GIRL NETWORK" still exists in the field of nursing, let alone, the hiring process.

sjalv

sjalv

Specializes in CVICU. Has 1 years experience. 897 Posts

@ Panjeremy,

How's it feel like to be a male nurse, or moreso, a male nurse applicant? Like cr@p!

I have posted a thread about anti-male discrimination in the hiring process for RN jobs.

Let me tell you brother, that discrimination amongst hospital HR offices for male nurse applicants, is still rampant in the US.

This is not the "fully-experience under the belt" type of male nurses I am talking about.

I am talking about brand new spanking male nurses who have just graduated from nursing school.

The new graduate RN program at my hospital mainly select female applicants.

It's not only that. But I know a lot of male nurse aides/techs at my hospital who have been working as aides/techs, for a long long LONG time (long, as in two years!), even after passing their NCLEX_RN board. These guys have their RN licenses and have applied to my hospital's new graduate nursing program, only to get turned down/denied admission, multiple times. I know of one guy who simply had it with the hospital mangemenet bureaucracy, because he was denied admission to the program, multiple # of times, that he simply left/resigned from his aide/tech job.

I am venting, because I found out several female classmates of mine are working as RN's at various hospitals in my area.

If you didn't know, it is very very difficult to find an RN job in an acute-care hospital setting, if you don't have at least 12-months of acute-care nursing experience.

So how the hell did they get hired as RN's, where they lack RN acute-care experience?

Why you ask??

It's because when they filled out their job application online, they checked off "female."

Let me know you that the "OLD GIRL NETWORK" still exists in the field of nursing, let alone, the hiring process.

Your experience is your own. I'm a male and I got a job in a CVICU before even graduating ADN school. The sexist card is really unattractive. Unless someone said, "Because you are male, we cannot hire you." there is no way you can know if that is the reason or not for not being hired.

MrChicagoRN, RN

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience. 2,589 Posts

There's worse stuff you can do than wiping ass... Not sure exactly what off the top of my head, but there has to be. Oh yeah, how about going to prison and... C, way worse!

I read an appropriate analogy once: Wiping butts is no more a part of Nursing than changing diapers is a part of Parenting.

In other words, it's something required at times, but in the grand scheme of things not all that big a deal.