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As the only male nurse in the clinic, Mr Ryan Chua is used to receiving his fair share of curious stares and probing questions in a profession traditionally seen as the preserve of women.

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He recalled how a male patient at a ward once questioned his career choice. Mr Chua is the only male nurse in the phototherapy unit at the National Skin Centre. I have more strength than our smaller petite-sized female colleagues. After all, a son also cares for his mother. More men like Mr Chua are joining the profession. The National Healthcare Group has seen a per-cent increase in the number of male nurses over to Still, even his auntie, who brought him up, was not convinced.

His aunt did not approve of his career choice. It was an experience in the National Cadet Corps during his junior college days that inspired his career choice. One of his group mates had started hyperventilating, but Asian Male Nurse one knew what to do. Being able to help someone brings me great satisfaction at the end of the day. Mr Chua has been a nurse for seven years. He worked in a hospital surgical ward before moving to the NSC, and now cares for patients in an outpatient setting.

To him, being a nurse is more than just administering medical treatment and cleaning up after patients. Being a nurse goes beyond the four walls of the place Asian Male Nurse you work in. And he has truly gone the extra mile for his patients - by enrolling in a hairstyling course on his own time during weekends, all in the name of patient care. It started when one of his patients who has psoriasis - a chronic skin disorder characterised by the appearance of red, scaly patches of skin - told of how he was ostracised when he "Asian Male Nurse" a hair salon.

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But to them it is a kind of pain and suffering. So it inspired me to take up the hair-cutting course to help patients.

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Mr Lim is a psoriasis patient who needs regular phototherapy treatment. The patient, who only wanted to be known as Mr Lim, said he was pleasantly surprised that the nurse was sacrificing his weekends just so he could help patients like him. Mr Lim was refused service at a hair salon due to the lesion on his scalp. His experience is not unique as other patients at NSC with skin conditions such as vitiligo, a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches, also complained of getting questioned at the hairdresser's.

If you do not understand, you will tend to judge that it is contagious. Would you want people to view you this way, although you know that it is not contagious? Ryan Chua decided to pick up hairdressing at a community centre so that he can cut his patients' hair. On Asian Male Nurse days off, Mr Chua does volunteer work, visiting the needy in rental flats to provide skin and diabetic foot assessments, and even cut their nails for them.

He also helps to screen migrant workers for common skin conditions such as fungal infections and for dystrophy, and educates them about the prevention of sexually-transmitted infections. Mr Chua visiting the needy in rental flats to provide skin and Asian Male Nurse foot assessments.

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Mr Chua educating migrant workers about the prevention of sexually transmitted infections. He believes that despite his relatives' initial reservations, and some resistance from the public, his efforts have paid off.

And while the hours may be long and the work stressful at times, Mr Chua has never "Asian Male Nurse" about leaving the profession. He focuses his energy on the patients' needs, rather than on the work constraints and frustrations.

Mr Chua administering cryotherapy treatment.

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The most meaningful part of the job, he says, is helping patients "at the worst stage of their life and helping them see the light at the end of the tunnel". Skip Navigation Jump to Main. Nurses are not strangers to male nurse jokes. Along with jokes about nursing school or clinicals, there are also jokes Asian Male Nurse male nurses.

Senior staff nurse Ryan Chua talks about defying Asian Male Nurse stereotypes, and why he's learning hair-dressing to help his patients, as Singapore. Female clinical instructor straight up told me that because I was an Asian male, she would not be surprised if I got a job before I graduated.

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