June is officially known as Men’s Health Month, with exciting events and educational programs happening all over the country. This annual celebration is a way of raising awareness for men’s health and the many health issues men tend face throughout their life. But June is also an occasion to honor our male nurses, who set an example for men’s health awareness every time they come in for work. We have several male nurses on our staff here at NurseGrid, including our CEO! Unfortunately being a male nurse sometimes comes with a certain level of scrutiny. If you or someone you know is a male nurse, you can make their day by making sure they know how much you appreciate them. Use these tips to take care of your facility’s male nurses.
Pitching in When Patient Bias Takes Over
Some patients, particularly female patients, will prefer to be taken care of by a female nurse. These patients tend to feel more comfortable around women, especially when they are going through a difficult period in their lives or feel extremely vulnerable. If a patient overtly refuses to be taken care of by a male nurse, it’s usually best to honor their preferences.
Respecting Each Other’s Differences
Male nurses tend to have different strengths and weaknesses compared to their female counterparts. They might be physically stronger and able to lift heavy patients and other bulky items, but they may struggle when it comes to assisting female patients or helping out the OB/maternity ward. Instead of focusing too much on our differences, everyone on the floor should learn to work together to get the job done.
Connecting with Other Male Nurses
Sometimes, being a male nurse can be lonely or alienating. Most of the person’s colleagues will be women, which can make it difficult to form friendships on the floor and feel close to the people they work with. If a male nurse is looking for some sense of community without feeling like the odd man out, they can try connecting to a network of male nurses, such as The Brotherhood of Nursing or the American Assembly of Men in Nursing. Male nurses can find their peers all over the country or in their city if they want to make a connection.
The best thing nurses and healthcare providers can do for their male nurses is to make them feel appreciated and welcome in the workplace.
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