I hate it when the male nurses on my unit...

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    I hate when the male nurses on my unit refuse to work with female patients b/c they are a "man" and "the patient won't be comfortable working with a man." If the patient isn't comfortable, I'm pretty sure that she will say so! They keep doing this, and I want to say so badly, "Are you sure it's not you that's uncomfortable? I mean, you did know that you would be working with women, too, when you went to nursing school?" And every night, the charge nurse ends up assigning all the male patients with the male nurses, and sometimes they end up with less patients b/c there aren't enough male patients for the male nurses to have the same amount of patients as everyone else. This is rediculous. Okay....I'm done. Whew...Carry on!
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    Ugh, I used to be very nervous around female patients. Now the family of female patients that I am not acquainted with make me nervous. No good reason for them to avoid caring for females though. They should make them...
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    it sounds like the charge nurse needs to redistribute the assignments.
    i agree, it's not the nurse's call to make.
    if the pt refuses, then the cn can swap pts but until/if that happens...

    leslie
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    That is ridiculous,I've never heard of that,especially not of giving them fewer pts because they're not enough male pts? WHAT?!
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    She has actually tried to reason by saying that the male nurses' could handle the men b/c they were heavier. Not even. Mind you, these are all seasoned nurses.
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    Quote from BelleKat
    That is ridiculous,I've never heard of that,especially not of giving them fewer pts because they're not enough male pts? WHAT?!

    that's probably why they say it, so they get a lighter load :chuckle
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    It sounds like this is ingrained into the culture of the unit and is perpetuated by both the male nurses and whoever is in charge.

    Best of luck encouraging the waves of change!
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    Quote from 2bNurseofChrist
    I hate when the male nurses on my unit refuse to work with female patients b/c they are a "man" and "the patient won't be comfortable working with a man." If the patient isn't comfortable, I'm pretty sure that she will say so! They keep doing this, and I want to say so badly, "Are you sure it's not you that's uncomfortable? I mean, you did know that you would be working with women, too, when you went to nursing school?" And every night, the charge nurse ends up assigning all the male patients with the male nurses, and sometimes they end up with less patients b/c there aren't enough male patients for the male nurses to have the same amount of patients as everyone else. This is rediculous. Okay....I'm done. Whew...Carry on!

    I've never heard of such a thing. Yes, if a pt request it, but it's rarely happens.
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    Someone really needs to sit these nurses down and give them a talking to. This hasn't been the norm anywhere I've ever worked. Occassionally one of the male nurses will ask a female to cath a female patient of theirs or something else that's personal, but they also offer to do the same for a female nurse's male patients.
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    Quote from 2bNurseofChrist
    I hate when the male nurses on my unit refuse to work with female patients b/c they are a "man" and "the patient won't be comfortable working with a man." If the patient isn't comfortable, I'm pretty sure that she will say so!
    I wonder how many of these females don't want a male Nurse, but are totally content with a male Doctor? You should point that out to them.


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