Over my tenure, I have had a great advantage of taking care of patients from all walks of life and many different ages. It has been a fantastic experience throughout my career.I have to say that my favorite patients are the little children and the elderly. I always try to make people laugh and these two groups are pretty easy to amuse.
I have come across many situations where some patients accept me and other s do not. I have to say, it used to bother me quite a bit, but over the years, I have learned to just let it roll off my back. Chances are, these patients just haven’t discovered how awesome I am or they have not been educated enough to realize that a male nurse is just as good as a female nurse.
It can be very frustrating at times, but for the most part, it is rewarding. I think that most people need to understand that being a male nurse is not about sexual preference or being weak or any other discriminatory boxes they may put us male nurses into.
There was a mommy and baby rotation that I had to do once. I was welcomed by all the patients as a student in the nursing field, but then, they turned me away as a caregiver when they found out I was a guy. It was upsetting and frustrating but it is one of the examples of a situation that I faced.
I guess I could have been pissed, but I decided to take it with a grain of salt and accept what the patients wanted. I had another incident where a patient was VERY happy to have me come in, but then changed ‘her tune’ when she found out I was ONLY a nurse and not just in school to be a doctor. HA! We cracked up on that one for days!
Truth is, most patients accept my status and are happy for the fun and strength that I bring in. And regardless of the few and far between incidents that I have faced, I am very well received by most patients that I come in contact with.
So I would say that overall, it has been an excellent career move and I would not change it for the world!!!