Your National Nurses Week supplement gave nurses a much-deserved tribute, and I applaud this celebration of all they do. However, could you really not find even one male nurse to feature in any of the articles, or even in the photos?

I have spent a total of 21 days in the hospital in the past five months, and I had wonderful, caring female nurses, to be sure. I also had wonderful, caring male nurses who, like their female counterparts, went above and beyond in their service to the patients.

Your special supplement had fine photos throughout of — you guessed it — female nurses, and one would assume that this profession is closed to males, judging by the photos. Even the article "Nurse stereotypes change" failed to mention the glaring stereotype of nurses being exclusively female.

Let's celebrate all of the dedicated individuals — male, female or otherwise — who devote their lives to this difficult, demanding profession with their goal of helping us heal and get on with life. I know I was truly impressed with the quality of all the nursing care I received from the Hamilton, Florence and Missoula nursing staff I encountered. Nurses — female and male — are certainly the unsung heroes of the medical profession.

Steve Hug,


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