How to become the best male nurse
Although women still make up the majority of professional nurses and nursing students, there is plenty of room for everyone regardless of gender. If you want to become a male nurse there are some very simple things you can do to make it a painless and rewarding transition.
First and foremost, no matter what you do, if you are a male nurse you are going to be outnumbered. Get used to it. And get used to the looks that people are going to give you. Although society has become more accepting of men as nurses, there are still some people who are going to look at you like your nose fell off when you tell them you’re the nurse.
Do your best to find a school that is going to support and encourage you throughout your education. While the schools are admitting more and more men, there are still some areas you will need to watch. Look for schools that may have male staff, or other male students enrolled. A lot of the terminology in nursing is geared towards the female nurse. While that might be a problem for some, try to remember that words are words, and they aren’t doing it on purpose to make you angry.
Some hospitals are still insistent that men should not be allowed to work with women patients. Some patients will refuse to be cared for by you, and ask for a woman. Do your best to be pleasant and professional to everyone, regardless of how you feel on the inside.
Hold your head high if you have decided to take on nursing as a profession. Few jobs are more demanding, and few jobs give you the capacity to be help people every day. Nurses say that their jobs give them a sense of self-worth and purpose. It’s a good feeling knowing you are making a difference in the world. If you are going to be a nurse, then at least be a proud nurse.
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