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Double standard for nurses?

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Let’s face it, ladies. The fight’s not fair in the hospital. We may be picking away at the salary gap, but we still only earn 77 cents to every man’s dollar, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And despite filling more seats at nursing school, fewer than three percent of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women.

So how does bias run rampant in the staff room? Long story short, men and women are judged, rewarded, and even punished differently for doing the same nursing job.

Unjustified and unfair? Yes. But the harsh reality remains. The only way to climb the corporate ladder is to recognize how male nurses control the power and alter your behavior accordingly. You’ve got to play the game to get to the top.

Here we explore a few common stereotypes, misperceptions and actions that encourage or maintain gender inequity:

Men are assertive. Women are aggressive.

Men are passionate. Women are emotional.

Men scream. Women mutter.

Men steer. Women support.

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