When David Ferran left faculty on the age of 17, he was inspired to study a commerce and develop into a bricklayer or an electrician.
However that wasn’t for him. He went into nursing, bucking the development in what continues to be a feminine-dominated career.
David, who works within the dermatology division on the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, says: “I really like the job – and assume extra males ought to contemplate it. However due to the stereotypes surrounding it, they do not.
“Individuals ask me, ‘Are you a physician?’ Then once I say, ‘No, I am a nurse,’ they are saying, ‘Do you need to turn out to be a physician?’ I’ve to say, ‘No, that is what I need to do.’ Some individuals are stunned.
“There is a gender imbalance – and that is not good for sufferers.
“In the future once I was on shift, there was an aged man who clearly appeared uncomfortable concerning the concept of a feminine nurse offering private care.
“I used to be capable of do it, however that isn’t the case all the time. There are usually not sufficient male nurses – solely about one in 10 nurses are males.”
David has shaped a gaggle – Northern Eire Males in Nursing – which shall be going spherical faculties to market it as a profession choice for males.
He believes the media might play a task, citing the shortage of male nurses in TV roles, excluding Charlie Fairhead within the BBC collection Casualty.
David led a debate on the Royal School of Nursing’s annual convention in Belfast this week, by which members urged the union to assist create male icons to rank alongside Florence Nightingale.
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RCN common secretary Janet Davies agrees there’s a have to eliminate the stereotyping that creates the notion that nursing is “ladies’s work”.
“It goes hand in hand with gender equality,” she says. “Males are taking over extra of a caring position in society, however we aren’t seeing that in nursing but.”
She too want to see extra male nurses showing on TV. However she says the career itself additionally wants to think about its position. And phrases resembling “ward sister” and “matron” could also be “out-dated”.
“That’s one thing that must be debated. We additionally have to do extra to advertise careers in nursing to everybody. Nursing is an extremely complicated, expert job.”
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