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'Sister' in nursing is sexist

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BollardDodger Tue 16-May-17 11:56:16

All traditionally male orientated jobs these days have gender-neutral terms - chair instead of chairman; police officer instead of policeman/woman; firefighter etc. So why in nursing are 'Sisters' still called that rather than the gender-neutral term Charge Nurse? Why are female orientated jobs not subjected to the same political correctness restrictions as male orientated jobs?

MrsJayy Tue 16-May-17 11:59:13

I thought they were ward managers or senior"something" nurses now ?

Ifailed Tue 16-May-17 12:00:16

Try telling Father Ted that.

Janeinthemiddle Tue 16-May-17 12:00:29

Nurses are called sisters? I thought that's for nuns.

Sparklingbrook Tue 16-May-17 12:00:30

I didn't think there were 'Sisters' any more either.

ElspethFlashman Tue 16-May-17 12:01:15

Who still says sister?


I'm a nurse and don't ever hear it.

brasty Tue 16-May-17 12:01:22

They are not called Sisters any more. You are behind the times OP.

BollardDodger Tue 16-May-17 12:02:20

They are not called Sisters any more. You are behind the times OP.
I'll go back to my daytime telly, then

MrsJayy Tue 16-May-17 12:03:59

Decades ago Charge nurses were male sisters, was at health centre to Sister is now called Senior nurse practioner

MrsJayy Tue 16-May-17 12:04:41


Writerwannabe83 Tue 16-May-17 12:05:38

All the Band 6 Nurses on my ward (8 of them) are called Sister. In fact every female Band 6 across the Unit is called Sister. I work in a Paediatric Unit and across all 5 departments there are about 30 female Band 6s (called Sisters) and 1 male Band 6 who is called a Charge Nurse.

IFuckingHateThatDog Tue 16-May-17 12:06:10

They are not called Sisters any more. You are behind the times OP

Don't know where you work but In my trust we still have sisters, matrons, midwives.

MaybeNextWeek Tue 16-May-17 12:06:20

Whenever I'm in hospital they do have ward sisters, then ward manager. So yes op you're right. Its just a historical thing isn't it. Needs getting rid of really.
I do find it strange when male nurses are promoted to a 'matron' role, I think If I was man I'd request the title be clinical lead nurse or something.

MrsJayy Tue 16-May-17 12:07:14

Sooo nurse Elspeth what are they called ? I can remember being in hospital a lot as a kid and they still had Matron cant see that being a thing anymore

U2HasTheEdge Tue 16-May-17 12:08:01

We still call them Sisters. Some use Charge nurse but the majority still call then Sisters.

U2HasTheEdge Tue 16-May-17 12:09:26

We still have Matrons as well.

ElspethFlashman Tue 16-May-17 12:10:05

Here in Ireland it's Nurse Manager. My friends working in the UK have Charge Nurses.

I've never had a "sister".

Writerwannabe83 Tue 16-May-17 12:12:56

Our Matron is called "Modern Matron" these days confused

Not sure what the difference is....

Hastalapasta Tue 16-May-17 12:13:10

Had an appointment with a Sister at the surgery yesterday. Not heard of a charge nurse but I do try to avoid Dr's surgeries.

SylvanusWindrunner Tue 16-May-17 12:15:48

Just as a note the male version of midwife is just 'midwife'. It's a gender neutral title. Sister has been mostly phased out officially but is often still used informally even if the official job title is senior nurse, or ward coordinator or something.

MrsJayy Tue 16-May-17 12:16:00

Modern matron really is no different grin it probably varies from country to country or at least area

MrsSeverusSnape Tue 16-May-17 12:16:18

I was in hospital last weekend, there was definitely a sister looking after me.

olderthanyouthink Tue 16-May-17 12:17:36

Writer has she got chrome bits or something?

What about midwife? What are male ones called?

MrsJayy Tue 16-May-17 12:17:58

Yeah midwife means "with woman" doesn't it?

Bearberry Tue 16-May-17 12:18:51

We still have ward sisters here.

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