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So You Want to Be A Male Nurse

So You Want to Be A Male Nurse

Sean Dent | Scrubs Magazine

It seems in India – for a particular diploma nursing program – they will not accept male candidates for their program!? In fact this discrimination was petitioned – and lost! It seems that males are being prohibited to enter because the diploma program’s course work involves mid-wifery as well as pre and post-natal care?!

(insert facial expression of shock and disbelief??!!)

To make matters worse, the higher court ruled that there is a sufficient number of male nurses already working in the areas they are needed – like jail, ortho department, mental health hospitals and operation theatres??!!


As a nurse, male or female, we are taught to be culturally diverse – including transcultural nursing. We are encouraged and trained to be culturally competent practitioners, but this – in my humble opinion – is astonishing.

How can you judge or even pre-judge, and ‘genderize’ the practices of a profession that works side by side with the field of medicine?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but do they discriminate female candidates who have an interest in being an orthopedic physician? Or a male candidate wanting to pursue obstetrics?

Original story from ‘The Times of India’ here.

As well as the original commentary from ‘The Truth About Nursing’ here.

Things that make you go hmm.

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    What a nice article. Yes, there definitely need to be LOTS more male nurses. I have had lots of urological woes and at a giant office with 17 physicians and brobably a 70% male patient base, there is not a single male RN. ALl "delicate procedures" are done by females and we just have no other choice. I bet there is not a gynocological practice in america that has ALL MALE nurses and the women have no choice... Glad you are in the field and providing good care...

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