Meet Dann and Iain our two case studies for this month’s set of special focus articles on men in nursing.
Case study: Dann Gooding – ‘Are you a wannabe doctor?’
Dann Gooding is a paediatric intensive care nurse in Birmingham, having qualified in October last year.
Mr Gooding started his career in healthcare around the age of 20 when he began doing some care work in the community. Following that, he then went into elderly care at a hospital in Devon, before beginning his paediatric nurse training in London.
As a student nurse he created “The Student Nurse Project” which works to empower students and newly qualified nurses, and has a big following on twitter.
Since qualifying, he has become part of the West Midlands board at the Royal College of Nursing to help better understand policy and influence and has also worked alongside chief nursing officer, Ruth May, to deliver gender-neutral uniforms to school children.
Mr Gooding told Nursing Times of a time when he faced challenges in the workplace, simply because he was a man.
“I walked onto a general paediatric ward in London and one of the senior nurses looked at me and said, and I quote, ‘A male nurse? Are you meant to be here?’” –
“Later I was then using a stethoscope to check a chest, and a nurse asked me if I was a ‘wannabe doctor’.”
He explained how he thinks there are always these kinds of perceptions for men who are nurses, especially for those who work with children.
Case study: Iain Wheatley – ‘I was told to join the army to do nursing’
Iain Wheatly is a nurse consultant in acute and respiratory care at Frimley Park Hospital and said he “always wanted to be a nurse”.
As a child, Mr Wheatley was a member of scouts and St Johns Ambulance where he said he was always “very interested in looking after people”.
“I was more interested in the emergency side of it- that’s what probably drove me into looking at nursing,” he added.
When Mr Wheatley was near to finishing school it was suggested to him that he joined the army and did his nursing there- so that’s what he did.
During his nursing career, he has taken on a plethora of roles, including posts in intensive care, critical outreach, medical high dependency unit, research and is currently a consultant nurse where he runs the respiratory service at the hospital.
When asked why he thought there were fewer men in the profession, Mr Wheatley said: “I think the stereotype that nursing is a female dominated role is still quite predominant.”
He also said: “It’s probably not something that directly appeals to youngsters coming up from schools into college who are thinking about what careers they want to do.”
He noted that to help recruit more men into nursing he would suggest promoting male ambassadors as leaders and work to publicise and advertise men in campaigns.