When did it become ok for patients to do this

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    I've been working as a CNA for a few weeks now and I've been hearing and seeing in the news about the horror stories about patients being physically abused and sexually assaulted by the caregivers. But what do you do when a patient sexually harasses you? I have not one but two patients who every night make it their business to make sexual comments and advances towards me every night. At first I tried to laugh it off and let it go thinking that it was nothing major but I feel completely uncomfortable with this situation. My usual supervisor is aware of this situation as well but does and says nothing against it and others girls have also told me that these particular patients have done this to them as well. Who do I got to since my supervisor isn't any help here?
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    I had many younger female nurses on my floor. If there was was a problem I'd go in and have a subtle, or sometimes not so subtle chat with the patient. I'd also assign a male staff when possible if there was a continued problem, especially if there was a cognitive issue.

    That was usually the end of it.

    If your supervisor won't address it, then you escalate it up the chain of command
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    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    If your supervisor won't address it, then you escalate it up the chain of command
    It's not OK, of course, but management seems to attract more than its fair share of cowards. Do take it up the chain of command, and start using buzzwords like "hostile work environment" "lawyer" and "EEOC". If that doesn't get them moving, it's hopeless.

    But you should be more assertive too. Are these patients A&O, or are they confused? If they are A&O, tell them that their comments are unacceptable and you won't put up with them anymore. If they are confused, chalk it up. Confused patients do weird, funny, and even horrifying things, and none of it is their fault.

    At least you didn't have a cho mo ask you to bring your kids to work with you so he could "do them." That happened to a fellow CNA on the tele floor I used to work on, and the charge had to reassign that patient to a male nurse, who provided all care for the rest of the shift. (No male CNA on that night.) The girl he said that to said at first she was stunned, and then she was so angry that she had to get out of the room or she would kill him. He was completely A&O....just evil.
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    Quote from duskyjewel
    But you should be more assertive too. Are these patients A&O, or are they confused? If they are A&O, tell them that their comments are unacceptable and you won't put up with them anymore. If they are confused, chalk it up. Confused patients do weird, funny, and even horrifying things, and none of it is their fault.
    ^^ This.
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    Thanks you guys I really appreciate the help. I will be alerting the DON because these patients are both A&O and know exactly what they are saying to me
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    duskyjewel I cannot believe he said that to her that's awful
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    This is why I quit being a CNA in the 90s. I was only a kid, a few years out of high school and those dirty old men would make lewd comments. One offered me money to give him a b*&%job....ugh!
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    That is awful and something no one should have to put up with. I don't care what anyone says, being sexually harassed or abused should never just be "part of a job." I'd read of nurses and CNAs being sexually harassed before and was always scared of it, however thankfully I never experienced much aside from some harmless/silly flirting.
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    I've come across this a lot. As the above posters have said, make sure it isn't part of their condition. One guy in a facility I worked at stopped doing it when threatened to be cared for only by males by upper management. I'm usually very firm about it. "Now sir, that isn't the reason I'm here, please behave yourself" or "Please stop doing/saying that, it's inappropriate" I usually am pretty quick, so have never had anyone actually grab me, but many have tried >.<
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    People like this feed on your discomfort. It encourages them to continue the behaviour because they are getting a reaction from you. The best way to end it yourself is to be assertive.
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