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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Looking for a Few Good Men

Nursing: It's A Guy Thing

Nursing isn't looking for just a few good men, our profession is looking for a lot of good men. Being a nurse doesn't make a guy a "sissy," it’s for anyone with intelligences and integrity that’s willing to work hard to care for others. Look at this group of guys. Do they look like girly-men to you? This poster is a favorite of mine and was published by the Oregon Center for Nursing.

Descriptions of the above guys, from left to right:

Sang Kim RN
Cardiac Telemetry Nurse
Snowboarder

Terry Misener RN, PhD
Dean, School of Nursing
Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Yuri Chavez RN, CRNA
Nurse Anesthetist
2:54 LA Marathon

Roland Jomerson RN
Post Anesthesia Recovery Nurse
Decorated Vietnam Combat Medic and Retired Major, U.S. Army

Don Mucciprosso RN
Poison Specialist Nurse
Harley Rider

Walter Moore, Jr. RN
Intensive Care Unit Nurse
U.S. Navy Seal Team One

Bill Maddalena SN
Student Nurse
3rd Degree Black Belt Kenpo

L. Rey Ariola RN
Cardiology Nurse
Rugby Right Prop

Jason Scott Carrick SN
Student Nurse
Basketball Power Forward


Since this post is about men in nursing, I wanted to show you that not all trashy nurse romance novels are about loose women who want to marry doctors. Meet Nurse Gigolo. He’s not only the man of the month, he’s the man of my dreams. He sure is cute, but I wonder what his nursing skills are like. Silly me, I'm sure his "other skills" make up for whatever he lacks in the nursing department. (*Blush*).

A Note to Nurse Recruiters

Move over GI Joe and classic Cylon Minimates, there’s a new action figure in town, and he’s rough, tough, and ready for action. He can do things no other action figure can do; he can work double shifts and save lives without breaking a sweat. And while he doesn’t kill bad guys to make the world a safer place, he’s everyone’s hero….he’s a nurse. If nurse recruiters start passing these out at daycare centers, we will get more men into the nursing profession within the next fifteen to twenty years.

I think the makers of the action figure used this nurse as their model. What do you think?

9 Comments:

Blogger kario said...

Another tidbit about an Oregon nurse: the ER nurse who killed the intruder with her bare hands in Portland? Turns out the intruder was a hit man hired by her estranged husband, who had given him a house key and the alarm code. Thank goodness for her quick wits!

11:28 AM  
Blogger kt said...

hello! that last picture made me drool. no way are male RNs sissys, they are some of the best help around if you ask me.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Airway Control said...

I love that ad campaign, and I own the Male Nurse action figure (a gift from a friend)!

1:03 PM  
Blogger MadMike said...

I was in a place once where there were a lot of men. Once in a while these men would get "hurt". I can guarantee they were very, very happy to see that "male" nurse :-)

4:29 PM  
Blogger LJG aka Pennsylvania Independent said...

I have encountered male nurses myself and one that brings a big memory to my mind is when I was had my carpal tunnel surgery. I was in the hospital for "other reasons." I knew I had carpal tunnel syndrome when I was "admitted."The nurses in the "unit" noticed I was dropping thing and even had trouble buttoning shirts and pants, trouble writing and dropping things. The psychiatrist decided it would be best if I were referred to an orthopedic surgeon(ironically the same one that dxd me with carpal tunnel syndrome)It was best decided since I qualified for medicaid while I was inpatient to have the surgery done. I had a case that severe that it was beyond any type of other treatment.
I have a allergy to latex and basically wasn't believed and ignored until I started going into anaphylactic shock. A male nurse noticed I started developing a rash and started having shortness of breath. I informed him I was allergic to latex gloves. He was a life saver. He was so kind to me. He applogized and said he never knew I was allergic. He went the extra mile and told everyone that I was alleric to latex gloves. (It must be hereditary because my mother is too.) The nurse made sure that everything latex was not being used on me.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

All that surgery I had and not one hot male nurse...it almost made it not worth it at all!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Deacon Barry said...

Nursing started out as a men only profession in the middle ages. It was monks that manned the early hospitals. And don't forget the Knights Hospitallers.
I am male, a nurse, and proud of it.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Keith, RN said...

I've been a "male nurse" for ten years but often like to simply be referred to as "a nurse". Little kids still say, "But men can't be nurses!" A popular gender-bender, as female docs still are in some circles, though much less these days.

I too have the Male Nurse Action Figure received as a gift from my wife. I don't use a clipboard, though, and have never accepted a job where I would have to wear scrubs. In fact, I've never had a job tat required a uniform, just "business casual".

6:07 PM  
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