[Homestead] Education, a blue frog and lollipop tree

Lynda lurine at softcom.net
Wed Sep 29 02:47:05 EDT 2004

~~sigh~~  Boy, it is hard to get rid of the anger of decades.  For years and
years only men could be doctors and nurses were female and were looked down
upon as being a glorified janitor and bedpan changer.

Most nursing programs have grown beyond that mentality but the way a good %
of the docs treat the nurses hasn't changed much which has only kept the
barriers up.

The RN and LVN program I worked for had a good % male enrollment.  The psych
tech program had a larger % male enrollment, as did the Rad tech program.
The FNP, BSN and MSN programs are still mostly female and the PA programs
are largely male continuing the stereotyping of doctor = male.

Unfortunately, the mentality that says only doctors know anything about
medicine is still alive and well to the detriment of their patients in

----- Original Message -----
From: <DSanner106 at aol.com>
To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 8:52 PM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Education, a blue frog and lollipop tree
> I agree, and this is a problem faced by not only women but men as well. My
> wife
> is a Nurse and Nursing Professor. While in school, she told me horrible
> stories about
> how male students were bashed, mistreated, given the worst patients, and
> toughest
> questions in an effort to drive them out of the program. They were
> outnumbered
> 30-1 and would usually be the only male in a given class. The all female
> faculty (my wife
> still knows just 1 male nurse professor nationwide) panel had to be forced
> admit them
> during the review process and really defended nursing as a female
> As bad
> as the nursing shortage is in this country and others, we can't afford to
> turn away any
> seeking such a career.
> Drew
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