There’s no doubt that male nurses are in the minority. According to Mid America Nazarene University, for the 3.2 million female nurses nationwide, there are only 333,000 male nurses. That’s one man for every 9.5 women. However, those numbers are steadily increasing. Between 1970 and 2013, the proportion of male nurses more than doubled from 3.9 percent to 8.1 percent.
Whether you are a male nurse or work by their side, here are a couple helpful reminders that break the all-too-common stereotypes about men in nursing.
Alison met her boyfriend at 16, but he didn’t become violent until she got pregnant, and it continued for 4 years. “I knew it was wrong from the first punch when I was 16. But I was very young and scared, and worried about coping on my own. I also thought he would change like he kept promising. I now know that I would have coped on my own and that his behaviour was totally unacceptable.”
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. This doesn’t take into account the thousands of cases that go unreported each year.
A wise person once said, “When you’re a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” That statement summarizes the life of a pediatrics nurse—on a good day. Sometimes the profound impact of a nurse’s service gets lost in an array of jittery parents, feverish tots who refuse to open their mouths, and the use of so many wrestling moves to administer a shot, you’ve considered touring with WWF more than once.
Working with pint-sized patients is rewarding, but it does require a few tricks to get the job done. Here are four strategies that are sure to bring big results when treating your smallest patients.
As a nurse, you know the ins and outs of a hospital better than your average med show binge-watcher, including the moments when they add a little extra blood or romance for drama’s sake. To be fair, for a TV show to depict a profession 100 percent accurately, it would have to be a documentary, and even those are suspect at times. But there are some shows that push the envelope of believability when it comes to the goings-on of hospital life, especially when the viewer is in the know. See if your favorite medical show made it on the list of questionable TV hospitals.
Treating patients facing the twilight moments of their lives shares a valuable perspective with those who care for them. If you desire to learn how to live life more fully, take some lessons from people who appreciate its lasting value.
Here are six powerful lessons that hospice patients teach us about life.