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10 ways you know there’s a male nurse on the unit

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The author of this list is a frequent participant on our Male Nurses Aren’t Murses, We’re Nurses! page (you can find it at Facebook.com/MaleNurses).

We were thrilled when he sent us this terrific article…and we think you’ll like it, too.

So, how can you tell when there’s a male nurse in the house?

10. The Hoyer lift is thought of as the backup option.
9. Someone at the nurses’ station isn’t wearing a print top.

8. You no longer call Dr. Strong at the first sign of need.

7. You find yourself with a box of gigantic gloves and wonder where the smaller ones went.

6. Conversations based on sports have somehow infiltrated the unit.

5. Somebody left a burger and fries on the table, where you struggle to convince yourself a salad is fulfilling.

4. Patient assignments are frequently changed after you have taken report and made your first round.

3. A patient keeps calling your co-worker “Doctor” regardless of how many times she is corrected.

2. This complaint becomes familiar: “There are no XL gloves here and they were ordered just for me.”

1. Someone left the toilet seat up in the nurses’ lounge restroom.

This list is by Jeffrey Bodurka, RN.

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9 Responses to 10 ways you know there’s a male nurse on the unit

  1. Oliver Martin. LPN

    so true ! instead of Avon or jewelery parties— we like tailgate parties. bring on the buffalo wings !!!

  2. Alan Hayashi RN

    Really?? Couldn’t find anything more sexist and stupid?

    • Marcrn50

      Alan,
      Relax, Most of those points are humorously true.

  3. whaaaa! nice one!

    male nurse here!

  4. Jay Rydberg

    I’ve worked in geriatric care for years. Like it or deny it, the lines of professionalism are often fuzzy in that environment–where some of the most painfully missed features of our patient’s now “elderly” lives have to do with opportunity to take risk and express independence. I find, as a man working with these older people in this environment, that the older guys and gals still can really enjoy exerting this playful, important side of themselves using their words and behaviors, and they’ve in some cases gotten better at it than anyone my age. I’ve noticed sometimes their comments and reactions to what’s going on around them are designed to illicit, or test you, for a certain response, which they will love to find in you. In other words, they “push the envelope” with sometimes course banter or something unexpected, or with the ladies, usually in a very subtle way, and if you’re able to pick up on it, you’ll try to pass it back to them and you’ll love it. Though once kissing a woman twice my age on the cheek, then again–at her request for “a better one than that”, on the lips–at the nurse’s station with everyone watching, and cheering, can feel somewhat unprofessional (to say the least), it
    comes to me as a simple example of a style of nursing that is both fun and necessary at times to counter the sometimes mind-numbing boredom and monotony of some of our resident’s (and perhaps even our own) often sedentary lives.
    Seriously, I could kick myself for not saving just half the funny quotes and quibs I’ve heard from patients over the years…If I had, we’d have the heart of a great, funny book that anyone with a sense of humor and a love for life would be encouraged by.

  5. jiggyrn

    This isn’t funny…it’s insulting.

  6. suzeq46

    he’s the only one not sitting around gossiping after report…

  7. cecchemi

    Yeahhhh this is pretty sexist. I really don’t like how male nurses are viewed as the mule and it’d be a pretty unfair assignment if it was changed just so the heavier patients were given to men.

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    The ladies I work with were pleasantly surprised the first time one of them used the lavatory after me. I overheard one say “he’s a keeper”.

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