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“A male nurse? So…what should I call you?”

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Just like any other profession, nurses have their pain points. Unfortunately, many of you men out there bear a special burden when you don your scrubs and assume the role of “male nurses”—as opposed to simply “nurses.”

Then come the misguided or confused remarks, both in and out of the hospital, from those who still fancy nursing to be “a woman’s craft.” And no doubt, these comments can sting. But most of the time, they’re downright ridiculous and you simply have to laugh them off. Especially when they’re coming from the guy who needs stitches because he walked into a pole.

So, to help make light of an exasperating situation, we asked you to share with us one or two moments when your patient failed to put two and two together: a nurse and a man?! All at once? No….

Your fellow nurses posted some pretty absurd scenarios on our Facebook page, so we thought we’d include a few of our favorites here:

“‘Do you know (insert man’s name)? He’s also a nurse.’ Like we’re a fraternity.” —Adam L. 

“It’s not too late to go to med school.” —Richard C.


“You must be delighted, surrounded by so many women!” John L.

“I’m a student nurse, so the typical response is, ‘So what are you going to be afterward? A doctor?’ As if settling into a nursing career after completing my nursing degree is irrational….” —Oisin M. 

“‘So you’re a male nurse? How long have you been a male nurse?’ Me: ‘Fifteen years I’ve been a nurse, but only [in] the last few years did I wake up and BAM, there it was…me—a male nurse.’ By then, they realize the error of their ways.” —Brian A.

“‘Oh, you must be very secure in your manhood.'” —Bryan J.


“‘Do you ever get any action from the hot female nurses?’ Maddening.” —Thomas F. 

“Earlier in my nursing career, older ladies would ask my wife, ‘…and he’s the father of your kids?'” —Mark C.


“‘Oh, you’re not the doctor?’ No dear, I’m your nurse. I’m here to protect you from the doctors.” —Chuck A.

“Had a guy jokingly make a comment about me having to wear a nursing cap and the white dress. Told him, ‘Nope, no dress, but I did do CPR today and brought a patient back to life. What’d you do at work today??’ He shut up after that.” —Steve H.

Related articles:
What being a male nurse is NOT
Katie Duke on Male Nurses
The masculinity of men in nursing

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