I'm in my 5th semester of nursing school, and I've met some (what appear to be- because let's face it, unless you're in a relationship with them, you DO NOT KNOW) decent men. But a part of me is just sad about the changing face of nursing. It was a field that was built around traits that are inherently feminine- traits that are often lacking or even non-existent in most men. It was one of the few careers that allowed women to make a decent living and secure financial independence.
When I ask women in my cohort why they chose this career path, most respond with something along the lines of "wanting to care for people", or "wanting to make a difference in people's lives". But when I ask most men, they respond with, "Well, it was cheaper and faster than going to med school". Some of them are also downright narcissistic, and I shudder to think what kind of care they'll give (I'm looking at you, especially, Jason- with your brand new mail-order bride you like to parade around like your little trophy).
A few weeks ago I was sitting in on a faculty meeting where they were discussing the discrepancy between male and female enrollments (60% female, 40% male), and the nursing chair suggested that we lower GPA requirements so that more males will be accepted. Now, mind you- our program is merit-based. There is no lottery- either you meet the qualifications (generally 3.9+ and a minimum of 85% on the entrance exam) or you don't get in. They do allow some leeway for disadvantaged persons, which I feel is understandable. But men? Especially white men? They are absolutely not disadvantaged.
I am also totally not okay with the amount of "religious waivers" that have been granted for scrotes who simply don't want to shave their beards. I understand and support those that are actually real (like Sikhs, for example), but when a dude rolls up in wrinkled, musty scrubs and demands that his Christianity exempts him from shaving his beard, my eyes roll into the back of my head. I find it highly insulting that women are expected to maintain a well-kempt appearance, but scrotes are free to show up looking as raggedy as they do. These same men tend to walk in and out of patients' rooms without practicing hand hygiene- an infection risk just waiting to happen.
TLDR: Men (especially white men) should not be given participation trophies that allow them to gain acceptance into a highly competitive program for which several women have proven themselves more qualified; many men lack the empathy and compassion that the nursing model was built around; many male nurses have terrible hygiene and month-old cornflakes in their beards; and if you want to tell me about a male nurse you know personally who is wonderful, you should save your breath because unless you have dated a man you know nothing about his actual character... and I think that just about wraps it up. Thank you for reading.