Heres my dilemma.....I am a correctional nurse in a supermax. On NSC an inmate had a covered medicine cup with him. Inside was a cream. ( God only truly knows what was in it). He asked me to rub it on his shoulder blade since he cannot reach this area. Or so he said. I replied " No". He said I am the nurse and how can I refuse to do this for him!! replied first of all, I do not even know what is in that cup, and second of all I am not rubbing that on your shoulder blade. I explained two other ways to apply it. Actually I jus thought quickly off the top of my head. I said put a dab on your cell wall and back into it. LOL Or use a towel blah blah blah, finally I asked C.O. if this inmate can have a q-TIP. I WAS TOLD YES, SO I GAVE HIM ALONG HANDLED q-TIP. ( forgive my caps) Well, inmate wrote me up. This is insane!! What should I have said or done otherwise. My HCA not real supportive. I replied this is not a massage parlor! Any advice will be appreciated!! Thank you all for any input. I have been correctional RN for 6 months, but RN in hospital 33 yrs.