#AIR-CLINIC PUBLIC FORUM 1: Doctors Are Males, Nurses Are Females?!

4 months ago
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Hello Air-Clinicians & Friends,

We are starting a new weekly thread on this blog to encourage us all to talk more about our feelings as it relates to healthcare issues we will raise up. On this pilot episode, we will be looking at the healthworker gender issues and how the public perceive it.

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Many people have this opinion in their minds concerning the sex of particular health workers. Perhaps its because of the roles that these people play or may be its because of the way the society has been presenting them.


Some people even go to the extent of looking at these set of people in a weird way. For example a patient calls a female doctor "nurse" and disbelieves her when she attempts to remind him/her that she's a doctor. Lolx.

But experience has shown otherwise. NURSES CAN BE MALES AND DOCTORS CAN BE FEMALES! There is no particular rule that says either of the above can't happen. So why does the society tend to think otherwise?

In #AIR-CLINIC alone, there are many Male Nurses including @IsaacGh, @Aaron, etcz. We already have a multitude of female doctors who continually contribute to our success eg @TheLoveJunkie (Dr. Blessing), @Kemtayo etcz.

Considering all these, what do you think guys? Is it right to think that way? How can we educate the public to stop thinking that way?

Also do you have any personal experiences you will love to share with us all?

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  ·  4 months ago

I think the @Aaron is me lol. My name is Nurse Aaron in Air Clinic to give more emphasis on what I can offer in the discord group.

Anyways, i see this as a big issue here. The perception of nurses only females should not be the case. The nuraing professuin is evolving more and nore not only in technology but the approach towards patient care.

In the clinical setting, male nurses are needed in terms of lifting and tuening patients as well as assiting them in mobility. The strength of men is needed in the nursing profession. Not only that but males are capable of conpassion too, you know. In addition, there is an issue of regarding all male nurses as gay (not that there is anythung wrong with that). Its just that branding gender to a profession should never be tolerated.

I thnk this does not exist merely in nurses and doctors but in every profession. Everyone is entitled to serve in their own career regardless of gender, race, age or any social strata.

The status quo is changing and I think it will take some time for people to accept these changes however I know that with people pushing towards equal rights, the world is going to be much easier for everyone. People just need educating and maybe thats what we are here in Air Clinic for

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  ·  4 months ago

Wow @josejirafa! Indeed you are the @Aaron being referred to. Lolx. You brought you point home with this reply...

I think this does not exist merely in nurses and doctors but in every profession. Everyone is entitled to serve in their own career regardless of gender, race, age or any social strata.

Thank you for participating in our public forum. Cheers!

#AIR-CLINIC

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  ·  4 months ago

Considering all these, what do you think guys?
It's nice that we are having a large influx of men into the nursing profession and women becoming doctors. The men-women doctor ratio is almost balanced.
It's was conventional that doctors had more men in the field than women and vice versa.

Is it right to think that way?
No it isn't.

How can we educate the public to stop thinking that way?
We need to change the stereotype mindsets of patients and most of the public.
For instance, Some patients when a nurse is sent to attend to them and "he" happens to be not a "she" they expected, there's a change of countenance by the patient.

We need to let the public know that these professions are not limited to specific genders.

Men to women ratio in nursing should be increased (60:40) since the issue most people have is seeing a man as a nurse.
This is my suggestion

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  ·  4 months ago

Hey @Ofon,
thanks for participating in the public forum.

We like all of your points.

The men-women doctor ratio is almost balanced.

Yet people still don't know that women can be doctors...


We need to change the stereotype mindsets of patients and most of the public.

Indeed. Stereotypes are the problem and education in the form of mass public campaigns is the solution.

Cheers!

#AIR-CLINIC

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  ·  4 months ago

Lool.this thing can be so annoying. I still can't believe in this day and age people still have this misconception. They call we female doctors/med students aunty nurse on the ward. At this stage I just smile at them cause I can't be correcting at every instance. One time a bike man picked me and was referring to me as nurse. I said no DOCTOR. He was like never it's a lie. A woman is a nurse and a man is a doctor. I tried convincing him throughout the ride but he wouldn't budge. He didn't even care that I was a health professional and I should know better. He strongly held onto his false belief.This Guy saw me on my wardcoat not a nurse gown but still believed otherwise even after explaining the difference in dressing. I'm sure to this day he will see me as a nurse in his head. Lol

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  ·  4 months ago

Hey @kemtayo,
Thank you for participating in the public forum.

Its really an issue dear. Many people just can't overcome their stereotypes even when you prove it to them beyond reasonable doubts. Your bikeman story is hilarious. Lolx! Next time don't even waste your time explaining!

#AIR-CLINIC

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  ·  4 months ago

throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, women made significant gains in access to medical education and medical work through much of the world.

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  ·  4 months ago

Hey @richforever,
Exactly! Women are making considerable excellent achievements. So we still don't understand the ignorance on the part of patients and the general public.

Thank you for participating in our public forum. Cheers!

#AIR-CLINIC