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'How can I stop people teasing me for training to be a nurse?'

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Can you advise this student nurse?

“My mother, my aunt and my grandmother were all nurses – and I want to be one as well. My training has been going well so far, and I feel like I could be a really good nurse if I keep working hard.

“But my friends always tease me for training to be a nurse because I am male. I know they don’t really mean anything by it and only say these things to mess with me, but the comments still get to me sometimes.

“All of the nurses on my placement are female, so I don’t feel like they would really understand why these kinds of jokes and comments bother me so much. And I don’t know many male nurses or male student nurses who I can vent to about this.

“Does anyone have any advice on how I can get my friends to stop teasing me and respect me for wanting to be a nurse? The jokes are just getting a bit old.”

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  • Christopher Steele

    Dear Writer,

    I have been in the exact same situation as you. Little jokes and remarks along the way. As a male student nurse (child field) I haven't come across many people that understand how it feels.

    However, I went on a placement in first year - and they really empowered me. They suggested to try and not let the comments bother me - stay focused on why you went into nursing - use your experince to educate people on your decision - and use your diversity to your advantage, helping promote getting males in the nursing profession and creating a more diverse workplace.

    Good luck and hope the jokes/comments stop soon.

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