David, who works in the dermatology department at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, says: “I love the job – and think more men should consider it. But because of the stereotypes surrounding it, they don’t.
“People ask me, ‘Are you a doctor?’ Then when I say, ‘No, I’m a nurse,’ they say, ‘Do you want to become a doctor?’ I have to say, ‘No, this is what I want to do.’ Some people are surprised.
“There’s a gender imbalance – and that’s not good for patients.
“One day when I was on shift, there was an elderly man who clearly looked uncomfortable about the idea of a female nurse providing personal care.