I was catching up with an old high school friend last weekend. He graduated last year with a BSN and now works as an RN (and no, he is not gay) for a major hospital over in South Carolina. I had heard that nurses were really in demand now and so I was kind of curious how much he was making. He said it depends. His base rate was $25/hr, but he gets an extra $10/hr for weekend hours; $6 for evenings and nights. And he tries to usually work about 10-15 hours overtime on the weekend to lock in time-and-a-half on the extra $10 differential.
Holy Jesus! I wasn't aware RN's were getting paid that kind of money. Now I'm kind of curious what everyone thinks of male nurses. Obviously I'm posting this here because this is a heavily male oriented website, but I'm also equally curious to hear opinions from women.
So I have some questions for everyone:
*What's your opinion of men being nurses? Do you think men should be nurses?
*Do you think choosing to be a nurse makes a man seem less manly? Less sexy?
*If a guy told you he was a nurse, would you automatically begin to wonder whether he was gay or not?
*Are you/would you be comfortable being medically cared for by a male nurse?
*Would there be medical situations where you would not be comfortable? (Reproductive health issues, child birth, what about for your wife?)
*If you were given the choice between a female or male nurse, would you have a preference?
For medical professionals:
*If you're a doctor or a female nurse - Do you view male nurses differently? Do you think any of your co-workers treat male nurses differently? Are they looked over for promotions more so than female nurses? Are they given different duties on the job?
*If you're a male nurse - SPEAK UP!