Cautious caregivers: gender stereotypes and the sexualization of men nurses" touch - joan evans. Nursing literature suggests that the desire to be of help and care for others is a major reason men chose nursing as a career. But once in the profession, prevailing gender stereotypes of men as sexual aggressors and men nurses as gay negatively influence the ability of male nurses to develop comfortable and trusting relationships with their patients. Gender stereotypes create discomfort and suspicion on the part of patients: this impacts on male nurses" perceptions of their own safety while performing intimate and caregiving tasks. This situation ultimately impacts on the ability of male nurses to perform the very work they came into nursing to do. Aim: to explore the experience of male nurses and the gendered and sexed relations that structure different experiences for women and men in the same profession.