Wednesday, September 07, 2005

It's Raining Men!

Check out this ode to testosterone! Yeah, baby! In-your-face recruiting and I love it! Somehow I don't think many men out there came to nursing by reading Cherry Ames as a child. The integration of men into nursing had already begun by the mid '70s. The concept of male nurses was very natural to me; I never knew it any other way.

In my graduating class of 1978, there were four men, making up 13% of the students. It wasn't until I moved into critical care and emergency nursing that I actually worked with men on the job. Most of them came to nursing as a second career.

The ubiquitiousness of men in nursing was brought home to me at the nurses' station during a recent PM shift. There I sat, a lone molecule of estrogen in a sea of, well, guys. Three RNs, the doc, the ER tech, the unit clerk and a respiratory therapist. Men. Each and every one. The topic of conversation ranged from motorcycles to Nascar to who bench pressed how much in what gym. This was as far from the classic image of nursing as a female-based profession as you were ever going to get. With my usual air of prim professionalism and with the utmost reverence and respect, I listened to the banter... and proceded to imagine all of them in nurses' caps. I guess the guys with shaved heads would have to glue them on.

We need nurses badly and recruiting tools that focus on men are one way of combating the shortage. This recruitment poster cut right to the chase and I'm sure it was effective in getting men who wouldn't have otherwise considered nursing to give it a thought or two. It almost got it right. Intelligence. Courage. Skill. I'd add "caring" to that list. It's what nurses do best. Male or female.


At 9/09/2005 10:24:00 AM, Anonymous D Bunny said...

Most male nurses (I hate that term) I know went into the profession after they became paramedics and saw that RNs got to do cool, adrenaline-rush, high stress and high responsibility stuff too.

It's a shame that male nurses are often called "doctor" by the patients (I've never been called that), and are much more likely to get promoted to an administrative job than their female counterparts.

But still, I would welcome a much higher percentage of men in the nursing profession. Then maybe we'll get seen as more than waitresses by the uninformed. Also, our pay is bound to go up. ;)

At 2/06/2006 02:52:00 AM, Blogger Esy Martinez said...

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At 2/06/2006 02:53:00 AM, Blogger Esy Martinez said...

Men looking to be nurses can also visit HealthCareerNet - Nursing Jobs Search and search for Emergency Nursing jobs.


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