1st day Male in L&D - page 2
I just graduated from an LPN program. I really liked my L&D rotation so I put in an application. The Director is great and she offered me a job working as an LPN in OBGYN/PP and too cross train me as... Read More
May 7, '02Hey, I say stick to your guns I don't understand the double standard that some women have with the male gynie & oppose a male nurse. Someone else posted that they didn't care who was in the room, as long as they were compassionate care givers. . .AMEN!!!!!! I also think you should try walking in first & being the one to intro the "2 nurses." It certainly couldn't hurt.
May 7, '02I just became a new grad & am struggling with what area to go into. I really enjoyed my mat/child rotations (alot) & communty helath with new mom/babes. I was thinking of starting in pp & then maybe moving around to antepartum & l/d & other ob/gyn areas. I truly detest med/surg (not that i can't do it but just really don't like it). Im 29yrs & have a previous degree in psych & also worked as an undergrad nurse in pediatric psych. Everybody tells me that pp is boring & i'm going to lose all my skills as a nurse & that i should force myself to do at least a year of med/surg. I see it that i'm not exactly a spring chcken anymore & want to do something that at least i like & would enjoy rather than come home to my fiance every night being a grumpy, crying B****!! I feel really lost!! Please any suggestions or comments would be appreciated!! thanks
May 7, '02Dayray, the only person I kicked out with either of my deliveries was the labor nurse with garlic breath! LOL!
Working in ICU, our male nurses do all of the cares of their female pts. and vice-versa; straight caths and all. If you approach the pt. in a courteous, caring and competent manner, we rarely have a problem with the male-female procedures.
When we have new nurses, we tell our pts. that this nurse is new to our area so an "old nurse" had to show the new one the ropes (if the pt. and family have any problems with a preceptor and orientee). Sometimes it's necessary to praise the pt. for allowing an orientee to do a procedure; as the preceptor, I will thank the pt. and let them know that they have helped me teach an excellent nurse a new skill (especially if things went well). I've even had to assist an MD putting in a different type of central line and instructed him on how to do it; then thanked the pt. afterwards.
Your primary concern is always the pt's. comfort level; you will run into female pts. anywhere that may be nervous about a male nurse doing personal cares. Respect the pt. as an individual and always listen to them with your ears, heart, and eyes (if they verbally say "yes", but their body language and demeanor say "no"); then decide what is best for the pt. Sometimes it's necessary to step out, even if you miss the chance to learn a new procedure.
May 9, '02Thank you all for your responses and kind words. I will be more assertive in the future and plan to talk to my preceptor next time I work. I think I may have gotten a little bit of studentitis and forgot that I was there as care provider rather then just being there to learn.
May 10, '02This wont help much but I must relate my experience as a male student nurse during my L/D rotation: BAD VIBES.
Good luck brother.