Male nurse: ‘I was told to turn a brickie’


David Ferran

When David Ferran left propagandize during a age of 17, he was speedy to learn a trade and turn a bricklayer or an electrician.

But that wasn’t for him. He went into nursing, bucking a trend in what is still a female-dominated profession.

David, who works in a dermatology dialect during a Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, says: “I adore a pursuit – and cruise some-more organisation should cruise it. But since of a stereotypes surrounding it, they don’t.

“People ask me, ‘Are we a doctor?’ Then when we say, ‘No, I’m a nurse,’ they say, ‘Do we wish to turn a doctor?’ we have to say, ‘No, this is what we wish to do.’ Some people are surprised.

“There’s a gender imbalance – and that’s not good for patients.

“One day when we was on shift, there was an aged masculine who clearly looked worried about a thought of a womanlike helper providing personal care.

“I was means to do it, though that is not a box always. There are not adequate masculine nurses – usually about one in 10 nurses are men.”

‘Male Florence Nightingale’

David has shaped a organisation – Northern Ireland Men in Nursing – that will be going turn schools to foster it as a career choice for men.

He believes a media could play a role, citing a miss of masculine nurses in TV roles, with a difference of Charlie Fairhead in a BBC array Casualty.

David led a discuss during a Royal College of Nursing’s annual discussion in Belfast this week, in that members urged a kinship to assistance emanate masculine icons to arrange alongside Florence Nightingale.

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Nine in 10 nurses are women

RCN ubiquitous secretary Janet Davies agrees there is a need to get absolved of a stereotyping that creates a notice that nursing is “women’s work”.

“It goes palm in palm with gender equality,” she says. “Men are holding on some-more of a caring purpose in society, though we are not saying that in nursing yet.”

She too would like to see some-more masculine nurses appearing on TV. But she says a contention itself also needs to cruise the role. And phrases such as “ward sister” and “matron” might be “out-dated”.

“That is something that should be debated. We also need to do some-more to foster careers in nursing to everyone. Nursing is an impossibly complex, learned job.”

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