Why are Men Better Nurses? (Are They?)


male nurseIt all started with Florence. No offense, she did take good care of those who were wounded. She’s a heroine. That’s an understatement, I guess. But come on, those were the days. Inevitable future is fast approaching. Women excel in things that men do. I’ve seen women who are bus drivers and plumbers. Some run for Congress. Some have even won the most influential position in the government. If these women succeed in the fields that are practically for their counterparts, what more for men?

Tender.. Loving.. Caring..  These three adjectives are the ones we often hear when others describe nurses. What the majority thinks is that these traits are best portrayed by most women, if not all… Or should i say the society has just encrypted to our minds this stigma. I prefer to believe in the latter. I remember when i was still young, I used to associate nurses with white caps, syringes and clean white uniform. Those were the days not even a single child would have described a nurse as Superman. He’s way masculine and i bet a lot of people will say masculinity doesn’t go well with TLC. I agree to disagree. (Maybe that’s the reason why I dreamt of becoming a doctor in the first place.) Can this be a clear opposition to the universal belief that men are expected to be successful in whatever we do? Stay with me as I point out evidences that may change your perspective about the profession coming from a point-of-view of a practicing male nurse.

Here are the reasons why I consider we are better than our counterparts in some ways:

Male nurses are firm and bold. We stay straightforward and assertive but still get to care. I’m sure any nurse has been bullied by  patients at least once in his or her lifetime. Male nurses are expert in handling those situations for men’s skin is thicker than women’s (speaking figuratively). We have countless ways to win most of the arguments with doctors with our rebuttals, if not all. We have the guts to tell them “No!”, “write it on the order sheet  first”, and “I can do that but I won’t.” We are indeed better in advocating our patient’s rights solidified by respect and sincerity. I guess only few will disagree.

Male nurses have easier ways to befriend any health-care workers no matter what the gender is. We can talk to them anything about  sports, politics, religion, and of course, women. On the other hand, we have inherent capability to start conversations with the opposite sex even if it’s the first time of meeting each other. We can easily walk them through the things we want them to do whether it will be on our advantage or the patient’s. Just smile a bit and it will do the rest.

Male nurses are well-founded. We act based on logic, not on  emotions. We try harder not to mix them yet it’s unsafe to conclude that we have entirely separated ourselves from the care orientation, which is often displayed by female nurses. We tend to approach every decision and problem objectively. Knowing when to empathize is one of our substantial characteristics.

Male nurses are champions of confidentiality. Sure thing, it’s a taboo for us to talk behind people’s back. I’m not saying that we, men, don’t do that and our counterparts do that oftentimes but come on, talking about anything de-stress and relax them. (Let me put emphasis on the word ANYTHING!).. Whether they see other people secretly kiss their loved ones, a doctor orders a wrong medication, or a patient resuscitated in a nearby unit.. Anyone can have a quick access to these supposedly confidential stories just like connecting to an unsecured Wi-Fi connection while men, in contrast, vigorously know the implications of keeping passwords and sharing them with the people whom we cautiously choose.


Male nurses are good shooters. Whether it’s cannulation, NGT insertion or catheterization, we have this special skill in shooting – hitting whatever spot we target (Let’s get it on!). No male nurse hasn’t experienced being asked by a hospital supervisor to insert IV in a unit fully manned by females (heads held high, gents!). I’m gonna end this part. Yes, we are excellent in shooting balls shooters.

Male nurses are ambitious. Men seek fellowship with the wilderness and specialize in everything we do. We don’t accept defeats, only triumphs. When a male nurse tells a patient he can handle a certain task, it’s the truth because it’s a given that he will do everything in his power not to ruin it. As an evidence, males have higher percentage in administrative and specialized positions than our counterpart for these positions require the attributes traditionally assigned to men such as dedication to work, innovativeness, and leadership for the most part… I’d say 2 out of 10 females and 1 out of 4 for males actually bring home the bacon. (This is just an observation. No statistical reference or whatsoever.)

Confidently, a man puts his mind, heart, and time on the things he really likes to do. That’s why men, in general, are expected to be successful in whatever we do. However, let’s not forget the fact that females are just as healers as much as males. They also have these distinct characteristics that are everlasting.

So the next time you stay in the hospital, would you prefer a male nurse over a female nurse?

(Check out http://deontologicalbuddy.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/why-are-men-better-nurses-2/ for a cleaner version. Hope this gets posted as well…There’s  no harm in trying.. )

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