Registered Nursing profession as a male.

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  1. douchenbaggin

    douchenbaggin New Member

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    I'm getting my pre-reqs over with right now and hope to start the program in August.

    Being a completely straight male, are there any others out there in this field?
    Not that it matters regardless, but I'm curious as how the ridicule (if any) is dealt with?

    Also, those who have gone through the programs, what should I expect?
    Is it worth it? Do you enjoy it?

    I will be going to school once I get my license to continue in the sports medicine field.
     
  2. Smartalk

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    Good Luck with your chosen vocation Douchenbaggin. To me nurses male or female, straight or gay are worth their weight in gold. There is a saying I like very much and that is " It's not what you said or what you did. It's how you make them feel " If you remember that particularly when someone is very sick, It will mean the world to them.

    Love all the picture in your gallery, shame your straight

    Good Luck once again, keep us posted on your progression along the path

    Take care

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  3. douchenbaggin

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    Thanks for the support with my career choice.
    I would love to know I'm the reason someones physical and mental health improves.

    It's my first semester and I took full time and then some and aced all the classes :D
    When I studied ligaments, tendons, and muscle structure I had an epiphany. I think having the clinical experience will be good from nursing as well.

    Not to mention by the age of 21 I'll be making good money :D
     
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    There a more than a few straight male nurses in the world. If nothing else, you can find hundreds of them in the U.S. Armed Forces.
     
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    A most honorable profession!! In todays crazy economy, medical is the way to go. You will always have job security, and a place to work.
    Lot's of room for growth, ie. nurse anesthetics, P.A., home health.

    Great choice!
     
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    Ah, thank you for the positive feedback. My mind has been wavering between if I should or shouldn't, but my heart has been directing me towards this. I should listen :p
     
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    I have a male friend who has been out of school just about a year and working professionally. He found the RN program relatively easy as he's ridiculously smart. He's also a gun nut/survivalist. Starting out he's earning extremely good money, close to 50K in rural Ohio for this year. He wanted to stay with a local hospital and so took a position in ICU when he much preferred ER, but they are willing to move him to ER when an opening becomes available.

    He absolutely loves it and the hospital is keen to keep him as male nurses are relatively rare. He gets called to restrain combative dementia patients and to work with male patients who have religious prohibitions against female intimacy so it's not all roses, however he also finds that when he tells patients something they believe it while the patients frequently do not believe the female nurses.

    You will either love nursing or hate it. You MUST be able to leave work at work, be able to think and act in crisis, take orders given less than politely, and tolerate some truly grotesque situations. You must be able to work dispassionately and patiently.

    My friend is like that. He's got a razor sharp mind and is ridiculously independent. I thought he should have become a doctor because he's so independent (INTJ). The truth is that he may end-up doing better. Between ER and ICU experience, he'll be able to move into anesthesia or surgical within a few years.

    It's a tough job but the pay is extremely good and the job is relatively safe.
     
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    some long time ago I was a patient in an emergency room. a fellow came into the treatment room and introduced himself as a male nurse. before I was discharged, I somewhat chided him for introducing himself as a "male" nurse, saying that he was a nurse who happened to be male. that surprised him, said he realized for the first time that his profession was nursing, not male nursing. and he promised to never again refer to a male nurse! His excellent bedside manner really helped me get thru an extremely painful hypertensive crisis... :smile:
     
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    The male vs. female and gay vs. straight thing is a total non-issue where I work. The only people I have EVER heard comment on the sex of the nurse are the very elderly, who still find it a rarity (which it is not). And it's usually in a very positive light, eg. "Oh, you know I had a male nurse when I had my gallbladder removed; he was the best nurse I ever had." As for the gay thing, the vast majority of male RNs are straight. At my hospital, I can think of only three RNs that are gay out of the several dozen that I know. In my department alone, we have approx 15 guys and I'm the only one that's gay (although I have my suspicions about 1-2 others).

    I basically hated nursing school. Out of 55 students there were 8 of us boys. Two gay, six straight. Again, a total non-issue to everyone. Nursing school was merely a means to an end and is where I learned only about 20% of what I need to know to do my job. The rest is OJT.

    What I like about nursing: the days go fast, you're on your feet all day so you get good exercise, working with pretty intelligent people, the occasional patient who tells you you made a difference, the docs that treat you as if they trust you, the portability of the job, the ability to swap shifts and get any days off you need (usually), you don't spend a lot of money on clothes.

    What I hate about nursing: dirty patients, uncooperative patients, patients with unrealistic expectations, grown men who cry like little girls at the sight of a needle, drama queens, the docs who treat you like scum, nursing assistants who resent that you occasionally ask them to do stuff even though that's their job (if they don't like it, they should probably consider going to nursing school), administrators who consider nothing but the budget yet still expect high "customer service" scores.

    I don't necessarily agree with the previously-posted comment that "you'll either LOVE nursing or HATE it." I'm in the middle. It's a job, period. One that I'm happy to have, however, in today's economy of layoffs and plant closings. Good luck. You'll do great and school will be over before you know it.
     
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    Wow a lot of helpful feedback here.

    Thank you everyone.
    I think I'll do very well as far as the school goes, I like to think of myself as quite intelligent. I'm also very patient and can tolerate putting up with a lot shit.

    That's exactly what I want from a job though, being able to leave work at work.
    All other career fields I've considered, they would mesh between family time and work time and that's not how I want to spend time with my future family.

    My mom has worked in the medical field for nearly 20 years, so I've been in and out of hospitals (due to asthma) and also just sitting with her as she did her job. Its become a bit of a familiarity to me.

    As far as the gay-straight thing, it wasn't too much of a concern to me really, I'm happy with myself and quite secure in my sexual standing. Just curious as to if there was any ridicule, but it's relieving to know you guys enjoy what you do.
     
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    Hey douchenbaggin, check your inbox! :smile:
     
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    There are many straight men that are currently or are becoming RNs because it is a respectable job with flexible hours that now pays very well.
     
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    I don't think it matters at all of sexual orientation. I had a friend become a male nurse and he is straight as an arrow. Maybe a little too much, he actually got arrested after assaulting a patient after making a gay joke...
    So I guess the best advice is just, keep your cool.
     
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    Very wise advice lol.

    Thankfully I'm not short tempered unless you insult or make threats to my family or friends.
    And I'm an extremely calm person when dealing with bullshit so I think it'll be the perfect field for me
     
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    My mom's a nurse and, as I can remember, she worked with at least five guys on her floor. Granted that it used to be looked at as strictly a woman's job, there ARE most likely more women than men, but men are starting to fill in some of the roles. She didn't think any less of them, they were just her coworkers.
     
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    If it makes your 'perceptions' any better, I teach in the Culinary Industry (one reason I am very hesitant about pics)...

    There is an 'ongoing' perception' about 'gay male chefs'...

    Same ratios...yeah we have some flaming twits...but we also have some great folks...my personal favorite was the deisal mechanic for a Major Airline- BIG bruiser, thick beard, Harley, tats the whole 9 yards (and yes- he 'did' catch my...eye but)- he will soon retire with the airlines...and this is his 'second' career (he is in his 40s)

    one day I saw him come in in 'streets' (as we call them) wow- leather jacket, looked like a trucker/biker....then on went the whites- complete 'change'- turns out the guy (I am guessing due to his extensive mechanical background) is a brilliant designer...

    anyhow- all about perceptions. be you. be a profession and take pride in what YOU do. it will show and you may be lucky enough to touch lives..

    best of luck!
     
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    Everytime I'm at the hospital, the nurses never fit their uniforms... The ladies are always overful on the top :tongue: ... and the boys are always bulging fiercely down below :biggrin1: !!

    I remember a nurse once who insisted in rubbing his huge crotch against my arm when he would check on me. Nothing ever came of it -- except hot jo sessions when I think about it :)


    Soooo... as long as you can fit the uniform properly, you'll be a great nurse in my book :)
     
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