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#MurseLife: Stories of Men in Scrubs

As a guy in scrubs, it's easy to feel like it's a women's world out there. Whether your female co-workers ask you to kill spiders, or your patients call you doctor, or your family just doesn't understand, the struggles of male nurses and other medical professionals abound.


So, yes, it's tough, and that’s exactly why only the bravest and most daring of men—like you—choose these careers as their own.


As advocates for male medical professionals, we know first-hand how many tales about #MurseLife are waiting eagerly to be told. Whether it’s about how you used humor to make your patient’s stay less traumatic, a connection you formed with a patient, or the reaction when an elderly man found out he was having a male nurse, there are countless tales that deserve to be shared with the people who will enjoy hearing about them most.


Now, you can finally share these stories with the people who know just what it’s like to be a guy in scrubs on #MurseLife: Stories of Men in Scrubs!


#MurseLife, launched by Murse World, is the only platform created exclusively for sharing relatable stories of men in scrubs. Join the conversation by sharing your story today!



Your Stories

Ben Stevenson, RN

 

I have been a welder for most of my working life, working in heavy equipment repair and then moving into heavy manufacturing. Several years ago, my father fell almost 20 feet from an extension ladder while we were working together. His head was flayed and he was not breathing. After some basic first aid I learned from the Marine Corps and a Holy Ghost moment to get my father breathing again, I got a phone and called 911.

Meeting the paramedics and seeing how they took a dire situation and brought calm and hope was life changing. The care he received in the hospital was excellent. When the opportunities arose such that a career change was possible, I jumped at the chance to give back by becoming an EMT, and then a Registered Nurse.

Coming through the ranks of a female dominated profession, I have come to see that, as a male nurse, I bring a perspective that is quite different from my female counterparts. It seems that many have come to the profession out of the maternal instinct, to nurture, and to control. As a male, I come from the perspective of fixer, of training, of returning to work, and being a good friend; there is no drama and there are no games. Additionally, my heavy manufacturing background has helped me to simplify complicated health related concepts so that anyone I serve can understand them.

The thing I believe I love most about being a male nurse is the reception I get from patients who are facing tough situations. My deep voice, my beard, my calm and non-judgmental presentation, all come together to deliver a breath of fresh air in a time when it seems everyone must be mothered and micro-managed and controlled—from education, to government, to healthcare. As a male nurse, I will give my best to give you your life back, however much you have left. I don't judge. I will shoot you straight and give you the facts as simply or complicated as you need them. And then I will give you the freedom to make your decisions as you see fit. I won't mother you. I will be your brother, your good friend, your strong angel. I will be your nurse.

 

Nicholas Germinario

 

As a male nurse, I add a great balance to the unit’s morale. When the estrogen levels are high, I enter with a calm and fun attitude. Not only am I frequently helping to boost patients (because they “need someone strong”), but I also boost positivity!!

 

Jason Quinn, RDH

 

Well let me start by saying that I’m not a nurse - I’m a dental hygienist! Male hygienists (that aren’t currently in school) account for about 2.8% of all RDH’s in the USA! That’s a very small percent but it’s growing every year!!

The thing I love most about being a hygienist is getting to know my patients - creating a genuine connection with them and helping them get to optimal oral health (which is especially important since the bacteria everyone carries in their mouth can effect your overall health in very major ways)!

My favorite patients are the ones who are nervous or anxious anytime they go to a dental office because I know that after I clean their teeth a time or two they actual start to look forward to getting their teeth cleaned and to seeing me!

 

Anthony Perrin

 

I love that as a male nurse a lot of patients assume you’re their doctor.

 

Kyle Cass, CNA

 

What I love about being a male nurse aide is how differently some of my residents respond to me. At the facility I work in, many of the residents prefer a male nurse or nurse aide for more personal matters.Sometimes my fellow coworkers even seek me out to help with residents who will not respond well to female nurses/nurse aides.

Not only does this give me a special ability in my job, but it makes me a valuable asset to our team of healthcare providers and shows how important diversity can be in healthcare.

This is especially true since each patient or resident responds very differently different personalities and approaches. This is one aspect of being a male nurse aide which makes allows me to really enjoy my job.

 

Craig Lanzillotti

 

I'm a critical care nurse. I started my professional career as a chef and nutritionist, and I never thought in a million years I would ever be a nurse. I have to say I love being a murse.

I get to geek out at work every day.

I get to help people out of some of the darkest times of their lives.

I get to save people’s lives; and help them make the transition to their next one (whatever that may be).

There are ups and downs every day and I get to work with some of the most caring, intelligent, trusted, and dedicated people on earth. I’m not just a nurse. I’m a murse!

 

 

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