Top 10 questions every male nurse must endure

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Every nurse has to field their fair share of annoying questions. The latest winner of our “Win Your Top 10 List on a Mug!” contest reveals the top 10 insufferable questions posed to male nurses.

10. So, how long have you been a male nurse?

9. Are you gay?

8. Didn’t you see the notice in the bathroom? It was right in front of the toilet!

7. Excuse me, sir, may I speak to a nurse?

6. Why aren’t you a doctor?


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18 Responses to Top 10 questions every male nurse must endure

  1. LCarney

    My favorite reply since becoming a nurse is “I AM the nurse”.

  2. Richard Westbrook

    Women over 60 used to say:
    Could you rub the top of my leg again, no more towards the middle.

  3. funny!
    male nurse here!

  4. Todd

    You’re still a nurse? When are you going to get finished?

  5. b

    I get “you’re not gay are you” more often than any other. I want to say my deep obviously male voice and lack of any flamboyancy whatsoever should have clued you in that I am not.

    Instead I just say, “My wife and three daughters don’t think so”…

    • Ken York

      I have a deep masculine voice….I’m not flamboyant at all…in fact, I am a biker (the leather vest, patches, jacket and chaps kind that scare the middle class LOL). And I am gay. And I am an RN…and you just perpetuated a stereotype about someone else while bitching about a stereotype being aimed at you. Shame on you.

      • Jaybob02

        Howso? Just curious,was it the flamboyant part? Because that is the sterotype of many gay men. It is no different than the many stereotypes for many issues/people/races etc. However the fact remains, we male nurses often are asked this question. Why? Not sure really. It’s a perplexing stereotype. I’m not gay but obnoxious as all get up. Married 25 years to same girl. I don’t have a deep voice or a bike. And been asked this question many times. And I’m apologize to say that your reaction to a comment by stating your “man” qualities but your preference and justifying it with “RN” to somehow compensate for an insecurity for you personally have makes you guilty of that which you rebutted. Cause I’m just an LVN. I’m not a “Real Nurse”. But yet to have met any RN who could keep u with me, nor the countless RN’S I’ve trained or preceptor for because the stereotype is somehow your better than me? I’ve forgotten more than most know. Shame on you. All he was stating was his response to a perplexing assumption. I find it curious your defensive response. It’s 2016, no one cares anymore. Gay, straight, bi, trans or whatever. To each his own. It’s assumed I’m Gay because I’m a nurse? Because ya know I love the drama, cycles, mood swings, pettiness, aminostity and gossip of this field. I love being a minority, constant guarding of my words and actions while constantly proving myself in a profession that is female dominated. Is it assumed because it is female dominated that Gay males are also feminine because they nurse. Or is it just like the female that can operate an excavator is a lesbian because she can? In a male world. Reexamine your understanding. No one cares your Gay. Psych 101. No need to defend, be who you are.

  6. Re: B

    In response to the above comment:

    I have a “deep obviously male voice and lack of any flamboyancy whatsoever,” however, I am gay. In trying to get away from the “male nurse” sterotypes, you just threw out the “gay” sterotype. Just saying…

  7. Velma

    “That nice doctor stayed with me all night…..he even put me on the bedpan!”

  8. Joe B.

    I have been male all of my life and a nurse for about 7 years now.

    • Ken York

      BEST. ANSWER. EVER!!! Beats my “No, I take care of females, too” answer that seems to go right over most of their heads!!

  9. blythekd32 LPN

    i have heard 10,9,6,4 i just find it entertaining with the questions and the patients do to when i answer them.

  10. cconnorrn

    I’ve heard all but #3 and #8.

  11. Chuck Allison

    “Your not wearing the same scrubs as the other aides?” That would be because I’m the nurse…

  12. williaph

    “Why aren’t you a doctor?” My response.. “I’ve seen the job, I don’t want it.”

  13. Canoe123

    I can’t recall how many times I’ve been asked all these questions