Quote from morte
body mechanics, body mechanics.....AND dont let anyone tell you to do more than you are able....just because you are a guy.....!!!!!
That's the best advice of all for a new male entering the field.
There are some out there who think that just because you are the "man" on the floor that there are no limits to what you can do.
That includes the males themselves who now have injured backs and can't do this type of work anymore because they were way too full of pride at age 25 or 35 trying to be He-Man for the ladies.
My partner is a CNA/PCT and occasionally still gets sent into rooms (alone) of non-weight bearing 300# plus patients expecting to get lifted off the commode/into bed/out of bed.
He steps out of the room to get help and some of his co-workers are giving him the "What's the problem?" look because he is the "man" of the floor.
Now he is a solid guy with a lot of upper body strength but come on, let's be realistic.
I long warned him that he would most likely encounter that mentality in nursing at some point (because I sure did at several jobs) but he handles it well and safely.