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6 things every male nurse needs to know to survive

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How does a man survive in a woman’s world? Here are some down-and-dirty survival tips that every ‘male nurse’ needs to know in order to survive in the wilderness of women.

Learn the ways of the Venutians

Men are truly from Mars, and yes Women are from Venus. We live on two different worlds, but we do occupy the same solar system. We speak different languages (spoken and bodily language). Social habits are on opposite ends of the pole. And we of course can’t agree on much other than the fact we are different. But, I guarantee you can all find commonality -which is being a nurse.

Never, ever, ever under any circumstances be that ‘typical’ man

OK guys. We have all heard the stereotype stories. Learn to not be THAT guy while at work. Even if you are, or can be, don’t be that guy at work of all places. If you’re not sure look around you? Are you always left high and dry? Little to no teamwork from the team? Always eating your meals alone? (hmm.. You might need to re-evaluate). If all else fails, simply ask a Venutian, they love to tell it like it is.

Learn to love the color pink (oh.. and candles too)

I’m not sure why, it just is. Never question, just assimilate – it’s safer that way.

Emotions are not what they seem

Crying is a form of trickery. Just because someone smiles and laughs at your jokes, does not mean they like you. When you hear them whispering, be sure to never look them in the eye. On the playground, guys will punch you in the face if they don’t like you, or have a dispute. After the punch, and the dust settles respect is exchanged and then call it even. In the wilderness women will find a way to extend their torture and mayhem over months at a time, redirecting their havoc to everything that affects you and then never fully admit their angst. Be careful, be very careful.

Being invisible is a good thing

Hypothetically speaking of course. When you become invisible, you are no longer viewed as the ‘male nurse’ or the ‘guy’ they work with. Now you’re just a fellow co-worker, or colleague. Camouflage is your best defense.

Always put the toilet seat down!

In most cases you are usually one of the few men working that shift, so when the seat is left up, the blame game gets REAL easy. Oh yeah, and if you fail to even move the seat during your ‘visit’, you better leave things in the same condition you found them. (Do I really need to explain the dribble effect??) Don’t ever let an angry wet-bottomed women corner you – you will not survive.

Disclaimer: Yes, once again this is all in fun. Anyone who is a ‘male nurse’ or works with them can take some humor from this post. In the end we are all part of the same awesome team. Gender is never an issue, until you make it an issue. All in fun…

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Sean Dent

Sean Dent is a second-degree nurse who has worked in telemetry, orthopedics, surgical services, oncology and at times as a travel nurse. He is a CCRN certified critical care nurse where he's worked in cardiac, surgical as well as trauma intensive care nursing. After five years practicing as an RN, Sean pursued and attained his Masters of Science in Nursing. Sean currently practices as a Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-BC) in a Shock Trauma urban teaching hospital. He has been in healthcare for almost 20 years. He originally received a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science where he worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
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17 Responses to 6 things every male nurse needs to know to survive

  1. Richard Elliott

    I will remeber this for I am a student RN

  2. BENEDICT RAPHAEL OAMEN

    I AGREE TO THIS 100%..I HAVE MY OWN EXPERIENCE TOO…U NEED A LOT OF PATIENCE TODEAL WITH YOUR FEMALE COLLEAGUES.MOREOVER U NEED TO BE SENSITIVE TO THEIR LIKES AND DISLIKES…BUT THEY CAN BE THE ONE TO COVER YOUR MESS WHEN NO ONE ELSE IS THERE FOR YOU…THEY CAN BE TOUGH SOMETIMES….IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE BACKGROUND THEY ARE COMING FROM….

    • Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

      @ Benedict Patience is a key ingredient for any good team. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Roy

    Some women nurses can be very territorial too. Stay out of their way. Stay away of what they think is their “territory.” You will survive longer.

    • Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

      @ Roy I will simply plead the fifth on that one. :)

  4. Jean Malizia

    This from a person with an XX chromosome: Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. ;)

    • Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

      @ Jean Thanks for poking fun back at us. Appreciate the candor! :)

  5. Jean Malizia

    Sean, I wasn’t poking fun at you – I was giving a little advice on not getting caught up in the gossip mill. Women are much less civilized than men, don’t ever be fooled!

    • Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

      @ Jean Ahhh! Well thanks for the clarification and the heads up. ;)

  6. Dean RN

    One very important thing a guy needs to work with women… and maybe this falls under not being the “typical” man, but specifically; Develop a running loop recording in your head that repeatedly tells you, “Don’t look at the boobs. Don’t look at the boobs. Don’t look at the boobs. Don’t look at the boobs”…

    • Nurse Rene RN

      Dean, If ‘the boobs’ are hanging out (which seems to be the fashion these days) you would not be HUMAN if you did not LOOK!
      Besides, the more that you have such a thought in your HEAD, the greater the probability that it WILL ‘pop out’ sooner or later.
      Remember ‘Austin Powers’ and the MOLE?

  7. TnNurse48

    Just because your female co-workers may be good looking, remember, you are there as a nurse. Not to try to hook-up.Leave that for away from work.

  8. adlainey1

    “Being Invisible is a good thing”. Are you kidding!? The advice for men working in nursing is to be invisible so we can be part of the team. I can’t believe what I just read. This is the same kind of advice given to women when they first entered into Medicine. Who ever wrote this and who ever agrees with this advise ask yourself this, what kind of reaction would you receive if you gave this advice to new doctors of the female sex? Also, do you think it is a appropriate to do so? My wife is a physician and I can tell you the answer should be NO to both. Men in nursing don’t need advice like this. It’s as if you are suggestion we are the help and should just blend in. We don’t need men to hid themeless we need men to standout and be noticed. Like every female pioneer did before.

    • Merlo

      Well said adlainey1! Gender does not make the nurse, just as it does not make the human. After reading so many comments applauding this load of sexist drivel it was refreshing to read your response.

  9. Pat1314

    synchronise your days off with your boss’s menstrual cycle! :)

  10. Merlo

    I have registered purely so I can express my outrage at this sexist claptrap! Then I will be leaving Scrubs for good!
    Do NOT give me the claptrap about “this is just in fun” This is SEXIST BS! If it wasn’t, you wouldn’t have needed to qualify it as ‘fun’, it would be obvious.
    For too long men have put women down and when they are called on it, well then women ‘need’ to develop a sense of humour! Thank God I won’t ever be a patient of the oh so sexist Sean Dent!