For Randall Hamilton, DNP, FNP-BC, the growing interest in nursing among men is not surprising. Hamilton serves as the academic director of UOPX’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and he’s been in the field since he started out as a nursing assistant in 1977. The impact nurses had on people’s lives resonated with Hamilton, and so did another interesting aspect of nursing.
“I recall [seeing], even at that early age of 19 or 20, the respect [nurses] had from patients and physicians, and I remember that being a goal early on when thinking about my career path.”
Like Falletta, Hamilton has a lot of familial experience with nursing. His wife, mother-in-law and daughters are all nurses.
Unlike Falletta, Hamilton has experienced some of the stigma that comes along with being a male nurse.
“Back then, it was unusual for a male to become a nurse,” Hamilton recalls. “People would ask, ‘Why didn’t you become a doctor? Did you fail at becoming a doctor and then went into nursing?’”
This line of questioning has diminished over the years, Hamilton acknowledges, and overall, his clinical experiences have been positive. Yes, he says male nurses tend to get assignments that require heavy lifting and sometimes combative patients, but he’s, “never looked on that as a negative. It was just the strategy, more or less, to care for patients.”
Beyond strategic differences in care, Hamilton points out there are distinct advantages to being a male nurse, too.