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Angry male nurse myth debunked

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This one always humors me. Do I get angry because someone called me a ‘male nurse’?

Some of the other versions of this story are when patients ask me, “How long have you been a male nurse?”, or “How bad is it being a male nurse?”. It honestly has everything to do with the tone of their voice when asking the question that usually dictates my response. In most cases I find a comical way to put them in my shoes.

I answer with, “How long have you been a male/female patient?”, or “How bad is it being a male/female patient?”. If the question comes from a health care professional I’ll re-word my rebuttal so that it involves their given area of work or profession. I can honestly say I can’t remember the last time a fellow health care professional asked me a question related to my gender?

I think it’s a personal perception and preference. Why in the world would a fellow male nurse get angry at these questions? I mean we are nurses…and uhh..we are of the male persuasion. So why get mad? In most cases I don’t even think the person asking the questions considers them offensive. They are just curious about you being the obvious minority in a very female dominant profession – not to mention the stereotypes that are out there.

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9 Responses to Angry male nurse myth debunked

  1. Caleb

    I’ve been an LPN for 7 yrs and have experienced virtually nothing related to being stereotyped for being a male nurse. I usually worked with one or more men who were either fellow nurses or in some other branch of healthcare. I don’t see any reason for anger over such questions. Its just people wanting to know how a man feels in a traditionally female dominated profession.

  2. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    @ Caleb Thanks for sharing! You are absolutely right.

  3. Hey Sean, you wrote this post without mentioning the g-word. I am very impressed.

  4. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    @ TorontoEmerg why thank you.. I’m tryin’.

  5. ER-Murse

    I correct them, and say the proper term is Murse. 😉

  6. Scott

    Thank you for the article. Very intelligent and well-written!

  7. Rik

    To the question, “are you a male nurse? My answer is “No I take care of woman too”. If the patient fails to get the humor, I will explain it further. Most patients think nurses are great so why make them think any different.

    • Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

      @ Rik I like your way of thinking.. I may have to use that one! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Al Brookins

    I like your humor. My reply to the Male Nurse question / statement used to be that I don’t work for the postal service and didn’t realize that they employed nurses (male=mail) 

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