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I'm Thinking About Studying Nursing, Worried About the Male Nurse Stigma

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    I'm thinking of applying for nursing at the University of Glasgow, but I'm really worried about the male nurse stigma, so to speak, and I'm worried about being in a female dominated environment, as I'm unsure how I'd fit in, and the fact that it may well be a bit awkward.

    Are there any male nurses out there? How did you find studying the degree? And how did you find the working environment? Did you ever have any problems fitting in with others at all?

    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by Prime500)
    I'm thinking of applying for nursing at the University of Glasgow, but I'm really worried about the male nurse stigma, so to speak, and I'm worried about being in a female dominated environment, as I'm unsure how I'd fit in, and the fact that it may well be a bit awkward.

    Are there any male nurses out there? How did you find studying the degree? And how did you find the working environment? Did you ever have any problems fitting in with others at all?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hey I am currently doing my nursing degree, there are more males doing it than you'd think for starters. I don't mind being in a female dominated envrionment to be honest although I have been on wards with a fair few male staff. It isn't awkward at all if it's what you want to do don't let your gender hold you back no one has looked at me weirdly when I said I am a male student nurse.... The only thing I occasionally get from elderly people is them screaming "Doctor helppp" and then I just correct them lol. I have never had a problem fitting in. Anything I have not covered or you want to know just ask!
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    Hey I am currently doing my nursing degree, there are more males doing it than you'd think for starters. I don't mind being in a female dominated envrionment to be honest although I have been on wards with a fair few male staff. It isn't awkward at all if it's what you want to do don't let your gender hold you back no one has looked at me weirdly when I said I am a male student nurse.... The only thing I occasionally get from elderly people is them screaming "Doctor helppp" and then I just correct them lol. I have never had a problem fitting in. Anything I have not covered or you want to know just ask!
    Hey mate, thanks very much for the reply. I was concerned, because I'm in Scotland, and I've done a lot of volunteering, and the only males I've come across are the doctors/consultants, I don't know if it's just my local NHS authority, but that's what was worring me mainly. I found it a little hard sometimes to fit in with the nurses, as the chat was all female oriented shall we say haha. What's the male:female student ratio like in your year then?
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    (Original post by Prime500)
    Hey mate, thanks very much for the reply. I was concerned, because I'm in Scotland, and I've done a lot of volunteering, and the only males I've come across are the doctors/consultants, I don't know if it's just my local NHS authority, but that's what was worring me mainly. I found it a little hard sometimes to fit in with the nurses, as the chat was all female oriented shall we say haha. What's the male:female student ratio like in your year then?
    Ahh thats okay I think it does depend which NHS trust your working for but I'd say about 30% of the students are male where I am. I really don't mind talking to females either though, where did you volunteer on did you enjoy it?
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    If you are straight you're gonna fricking love it.
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    If you are straight you're gonna fricking love it.
    Yes I am straight. There weren't actually that many attractive women on my wards though unfortunately, although a few nice young women I did notice when I was shadowing the consultant in other wards
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    Ahh thats okay I think it does depend which NHS trust your working for but I'd say about 30% of the students are male where I am. I really don't mind talking to females either though, where did you volunteer on did you enjoy it?
    That's good to know, I was just worried about being basically the only male nurse there to be honest. I did my volunteering in two general hospitals, and I really enjoyed it to be honest and I learned a lot. However, I was almost the only male in the entire ward in each occassion, with the only males being the doctors, which made me feel a wee bit worried about whether or not if I would fit in or not if I were to work there as a nurse or something.
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    Where I volunteer there are quite a few male nurses. One of which is head nurse.

    One other one is like 6`4". He doesn't take **** from no one.
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    (Original post by Prime500)
    I'm thinking of applying for nursing at the University of Glasgow, but I'm really worried about the male nurse stigma, so to speak, and I'm worried about being in a female dominated environment, as I'm unsure how I'd fit in, and the fact that it may well be a bit awkward.

    Are there any male nurses out there? How did you find studying the degree? And how did you find the working environment? Did you ever have any problems fitting in with others at all?

    Thanks in advance.
    There is 100% no stigma attached to Male nursing these days (at least from what I've seen) there is certainly no judgement from patients or other colleagues.

    Was on a night out with a few of the guys from the hospital I work at, some nurses and some HCAs; when the bartender found out, he gave us a round of drinks on the house.

    Go for it!
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    I'm not a guy, nor have I started the nursing course yet but it is so refreshing seeing male nurses, I did work experience at a hospital and shadowed a male nurse and he was fantastic. Please don't let the 'nursing is a female career' stereotype put you off!
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    (Original post by Prime500)
    That's good to know, I was just worried about being basically the only male nurse there to be honest. I did my volunteering in two general hospitals, and I really enjoyed it to be honest and I learned a lot. However, I was almost the only male in the entire ward in each occassion, with the only males being the doctors, which made me feel a wee bit worried about whether or not if I would fit in or not if I were to work there as a nurse or something.
    Ahhh no you'll fit in fine Go for it! It's such a good career if you the right kind of person for it.... Loads of different types of jobs and opportunities out there even though the NHS is a bit shaky at the moment. Even though people complain the pay could probably be a bit better, I don't think it's really that bad and it's not the sort of job to go in to for just a paycheck anyway, if you want something thats rewarding and changes everyday nursing is good 21 grand for a newly graduate isn't bad at all anyway!
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    Depending on which branch of nursing you want to go into or which specialisation with the branches you'll find differing amounts of nurses who are male. Mental Health, A&E and trauma care are areas where traditionally you'll find a lot more male nurses. This isn't to say that you'd stick out like a sore thumb in others areas but there are certain roles which seem to attract male nurses.

    Personally I dislike the term 'male nurse' and have corrected people in the past who have used it with "no, just a nurse".

    I've not had any problems at all with issues from people, whether colleagues or Joe Public other than on a few occasions, whilst on a Health Visitor placement, being asked to stay in the car because the service user wasn't comfortable with a male student being present but this is quite understandable given the fact many women are extremely body conscious after giving birth.

    There are some advantages to being a male in nursing though, not the least of these being that statistically (and for varying reasons) males are more likely to progress into specialist/management roles than females.

    BTW, can I ask, what do you view the 'stigma' as being?

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