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'Nursing should be viewed as an inclusive workforce'


As a Male Nurse of over 30 years qualified I have experienced in the beginning a lot of prejudices including being told that I must be gay as only gay men become Nurses and memorably on my paediatric placement while training that "Men shouldn't be Nurses and I was wasting every bodies time" I was then banished to the sluice where except for a rather memorable night shift when i was left to feed and change a number of babies I spent my entire placement washing bed pans and similar. I have over the years found this type of attitude has lessened and the public has become far more accepting of us in the profession which is good. The strange thing I found in certainly in my early career that Ladies seemed to have less of a problem being looked after buy a man than a lot of the male patients the exception being pre op pubic shaves I recall. Before the days of on call security staff it mainly fell to the Male Nurses and Dr s to deal with violent patients and visitors, I am still old fashioned enough to prefer somebody to attack me instead of a female colleague and please don't think I am sexist as I have spent far too many years in Nursing working with exceptional colleagues female and male but mainly female and have always thought of it as being an honour to be told I am an honorary one of the girls. Men have a lot to bring to all areas of Nursing and like women we each have something particular to our gender but I agree with the article we still have a way to go in some areas to be fully accepted but I have seen in my career big changes in this which are continuing. Some of the most influential and inspiring colleagues I have met and had the pleasure of working with have been my female colleagues and that camaraderie we have enjoyed both in work and socialising, I have and still am proud to be classed as "one of the girls" respected by them for my work as a Nurse and a member of the team. The Ward Sister who started me on this career said go for it you will love and to her credit she was right.

Posted date

6 July, 2018

Posted time

4:10 pm