Nursing Lady Helen Mary, day 2
Staying at Quince Cottage, wether for pleasure or “on duty” after a cataract operation (last Decem-ber) or the impantation of a pacemaker (2 days ago), the accomodation for the guest(s) in residence are great. There is a large double bedroom on the first floor, with a view on a cemetery; dressingroom with an extra one person accomodation. The guest’s bath facilities are like Buckingham palace. The shower can be switched between a normal handshower to a large subtropical rainshower. There is a “de luxe” toilet facility and a wash stand. The temperature is always that high, that towels feel like the embrace of a nice man… 🙂 🙂 🙂
WHY ARE THERE SO FEW MEN IN NURSING?
In these times of gender equality, you might think that a profession as high profile as nursing would have a fairly balanced number of men and women. Especially when you consider that male nurses are marginally better paid and proportionally more likely to be in senior posts than their female colleagues. But despite this, the number of men entering the profession has hardly grown in recent years. According to the most recent NMC figures, only one in ten nurses on the register last year were male, a figure that has remained static for the past four years. Although there has been a rise in men entering the profession in the last few decades, it has been a small, slow one. While perceptions are beginning to change, some nurses believe that the profession is still seen as a feminine one. Ian Hulatt, an RCN policy adviser and mental health nurse, says: ‘I think public perception is still that it is a female occupation, which sometimes makes it hard for blokes to say: “I’m going into nursing.” In some ways I think the public is still unsure what it wants from nurses – half still think of a nurse as the subject of an erotic fantasy and the other half want to see someone with a stethoscope around their neck.’ Furthermore, there are significant differences between how certain practice areas within the nursing profession are viewed and this is reflected by big differences in the proportion of men working in different sectors.
6 THINGS MALE NURSES SHOULD KNOW TO SURVIVE
1. Learn the ways of the Venutians
Men are truly from Mars, and yes Women are from Venus. We live on two different worlds, but we do occupy the same solar system. We speak different languages (spoken and bodily language). Social habits are on opposite ends of the pole. And we of course can’t agree on much other than the fact we are different. But, I guarantee you can all find commonality -which is being a nurse.
2. Never, ever, ever under any circumstances be that ‘typical’ man
OK guys. We have all heard the stereotype stories. Learn to not be THAT guy while at work. Even if you are, or can be, don’t be that guy at work of all places. If you’re not sure look around you? Are you always left high and dry? Little to no teamwork from the team? Always eating your meals alone? (hmm.. You might need to re-evaluate). If all else fails, simply ask a Venutian, they love to tell it like it is.
3. Learn to love the color pink (oh.. and candles too)
I’m not sure why, it just is. Never question, just assimilate – it’s safer that way.
4. Emotions are not what they seem
Crying is a form of trickery. Just because someone smiles and laughs at your jokes, does not mean they like you. When you hear them whispering, be sure to never look them in the eye. On the playground, guys will punch you in the face if they don’t like you, or have a dispute. After the punch, and the dust settles respect is exchanged and then call it even. In the wilderness women will find a way to extend their torture and mayhem over months at a time, redirecting their havoc to everything that affects you and then never fully admit their angst. Be careful, be very careful.
5. Being invisible is a good thing
Hypothetically speaking of course. When you become invisible, you are no longer viewed as the ‘male nurse’ or the ‘guy’ they work with. Now you’re just a fellow co-worker, or colleague. Camouflage is your best defense.
6. Always put the toilet seat down!
In most cases you are usually one of the few men working that shift, so when the seat is left up, the blame game gets REAL easy. Oh yeah, and if you fail to even move the seat during your ‘visit’, you better leave things in the same condition you found them. (Do I really need to explain the dribble effect??) Don’t ever let an angry wet-bottomed women corner you – you will not survive.
Disclaimer: Yes, once again this is all in fun. Anyone who is a ‘male nurse’ or works with them can take some humor from this post. In the end we are all part of the same awesome team. Gender is never an issue, until you make it an issue. All in fun…
No, this period is over. Nevertheless I pamper Lady Mary in any possible way:
- Changing bandages;
- Smoothing her body with cream from the hospital;
- Washing her as far as possible in this relationship 🙂
- Feeding her in time;
- Hopping over to the supermarket to get more Paracetamol;
- Keeping up an eye at our non-alcooholic and alcoholic supplies.
Her daughter Alice is back from Australia, so the embargo on yesterday’s blog posts is gone. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Her daughter Belinda has sent medicaments (Arnika) from the alternative circuit. Pierre would not like it. 😦 😦 😦