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5 Nursing Stereotypes Debunked

Hamsa Ramesha | NursingLink

Male Nurses Are All Gay

5. Male Nurses Are All Gay

The stereotype that “murses,” or male nurses, are gay comes from the idea that nursing is an all-female profession (see stereotype #1). Of course, the media hasn’t helped matters either. In Meet the Parents, Ben Stiller played Gaylord Focker, who was teased endlessly about being a male nurse, considered a feminine profession.

In HawthoRNe, Ray Stein (David Julian Hirsh) is often mistaken for being gay because he is a male nurse in a female field. In reality, he has a crush on Candy, the show’s resident “naughty nurse.” To add insult to injury, Stein also has hopes of going to medical school and becoming a doctor. Three stereotypes for the price of one!

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