Male nurse practitioner discusses his career

Ken Wysocki, a family nurse practitioner and nurse educator at an Arizona-based university, recently sat down with to discuss his career in a women-dominated industry.

Wysocki, who earned his Master of Science in Nursing from a Wisconsin-based school in 1987, was been working in the medical field for more than 25 years. According to the media outlet, he has served in many different roles throughout his career, such as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and surgical assistant. Wysocki has also worked in a variety of settings within the healthcare industry, including nursing homes, burn units, emergency rooms, intensive care units and in community health centers. He now spends most of his time as a nurse administrator and nurse educator.

According to Wysocki, there have been ups and downs in his career as a male nurse. However, he has never experienced any explicit prejudice and has always focused on doing his job the best that he can.

"The reality is I am a nurse first," he told the media outlet. "There should not be any gender identity in that professional title. Patients respect and trust nurses whether male or female."

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