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Would You Prefer a Male Nurse?

Specializes in ER/OR. Has 2 years experience.

hey guys. since most of us here are nursing students, i was just curious...would you guys prefer a male nurse over a female nurse in general? i know it doesn't matter as long as they did their job compentently...but if given the choice, what would you choose? i personally don't mind for most things, but i sure was glad to have a male nurse when i had to have a mole on my scrotum checked :rolleyes: so for me it just depends on the situation i suppose. thoughts?

I guess it really doesn't matter too much to me. I had a female ultrasound tech do an ultrasound on my testicle, and she was very professional about it. So, it didn't really bother me at all.

PsychNurseWannaBe, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych, LTC, Nursing Management, WCC. Has 7 years experience.

I really am OK with either sex. But many people have a preference and sometimes that preference changes with the situation...which is OK.

While I recognize that most female nurses are competent and caring, I have had just too many bad experiences with the girls. The few bad apples can ruin things for patients and medical staff. If I could limit ALL my healthcare needs to men only, for the rest of my life, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Music in My Heart

Specializes in being a Credible Source. Has 10 years experience.

I've been a med-surg patient a number of times. I've mostly had female nurses but a couple of guys, too. It didn't make any diff to me.

As the parent of six-year-old daughter who was in the PICU, I was OK with one of the guy nurses and not with the other. I would not have let either of them do any peri care or cath care on her, though. It would've freaked her out. I'd have asked them to send in a lady for that.

In my time as a pt. in the past I have had both male and female nurses, and I really can't tell any difference between them. If I am sick enough to be in the hospital I just want competent, compassionate care...and, at that point, the gender of the nurse is of no concern to me.

I too have thought about this and it really doesn't matter to me. I would rather have someone who knows what they are doing, and gender really doesn't influence that.


Specializes in Coronary Rehab Unit.

No preference as to gender....just need to be competent and "nice"

I'm a male, but if I were a Patient, I prefer a female nurse. I'm not saying male are incompetent, but that is how I feel. However when I do clinicals. It seems that most people don't mind which gender take care of them. As long its good pt care

I'm also a male. And if I were to be a patient, I would be choosing males to nurse me. I just want to observe if they got gentle hands in performing those procedures.


Specializes in Critical Care, Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

To be honest, I think I'd prefer a female nurse... not sure why. But I suppose when it comes down to it, it doesn't really matter as long as they are competent. Having never been a patient (knock on wood), other than short ER visit, it's hard to say.

With 18 operation scars on my legs... Male or female? I couldn't care less; just an excellent nurse will do for me.



Specializes in ER. Has 9 years experience.

I have never been in the hospital for anything, but I don't really care.

I had a male nurse appear during my first childs delivery, I have to admit it took me by surprise but once I realized that he was just as professional as the other females, I totally went with it. He held my leg and was really nice. My mom and hubby had the other one. I was in the navy at the time and now I realize that quality has a lot more to do with it than gender. Male or Female, just know what you are doing, be good at it and be NICE! My :twocents:

I work as a tech, and a couple of times younger male patients have requested that I come in and help clean them instead of their female nurse. Never had a female patient refuse assistance because I have a Y chromosome.

cjcsoon2bnp, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

For the most part I don't care what the gender of my nurse, doctor or any other healthcare professional is but I will say, as a male, if I was having a catheter inserted or something like that I would prefer a male nurse. I haven't had to be hospitalized for any length of time, just some pretty far out ER visits (swallowing a retainer and an allergic reaction) so I haven't had experience this situation yet *knock on wood*. I also don't have any children yet but I would ask my child if they want a certain doctor or nurse doing a procedure. I realize that for some things no kid will ever want them to happen but if my son or daughter is more comfortable with a certain doctor or nurse (no matter what the gender is) then that will be who does the procedure.

!Chris :specs:

It is my hope that I will be able to have male nurses and P.C.'s and techs. if the need arises....but hospitals near me have a hard time getting and keeping enough nurses period...let alone finding male nurses who seem to be very scarce.

I wouldn't care either way as long as they get the job done.

I'm a male and I perfer male doctors and nurses. It seems that I have a complex with thinking that a female nures or doctor gives a motherly impact on the situation. And when I think of my mother I think of someone over reacting on the situation. Male healthcare professionals always have a more laidback approach to the situation which always makes me feel more comfortable.

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