“I am in my fourth year of nursing school in North Carolina and one of 18 males in my class. I read a lot about workplace culture and attitudes (good and bad) toward male nurses. I’m cool with that, and don’t make a big deal about my gender … but it’s the females who seem to give me the hardest time about entering the nursing profession. I want to be accepted because of my knowledge and skills, not my manliness. Graduation is eight months away, so naturally I’m already starting to think about my first job after completing my BSN. What specialties do most male nurses go into? Or what specialties are most receptive to male nurses? I don’t want to find myself in the future defending my decision to become a nurse. I would appreciate both male and female input on where to take my nursing career. Could you post my question so others can respond?”
Randy, via email
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