Nobody ever says "She's a black nurse."
Nobody says "She's a Jewish nurse."
Nobody says "She's a lesbian nurse."
Yet it is OK to say "He's a male nurse," as though being nurse strips a man of his masculinity.
Then women call you close and whisper to you "I always thought male nurses were so much nicer." Is this supposed to impress me? Am I supposed to take this as a compliment? Does anyone ever whisper into a black nurse's ear "I always thought black nurses were were so much nicer"?
Do not preach to me about sexism. I know sexism. I experience it every day. I am a man. I am a nurse. I am not a male nurse. My nursing is not defined by my gender. My masculinity is not diminished by nursing.
And you know what? I wear the bouffant in surgery.