Quote from gonzo1
Male nurses must be very careful as they care for female pts.
That's the sad truth.
It shouldn't be that way, but it is in today's world.
We do have to be careful because all it takes is one female patient claiming that a male nurse was sexually inappropriate and we're basically convicted.
In today's political climate, it's very uncool to not believe a "victim" once they've come forward. If we don't believe them, then we're told that we're "victimizing" them once again by not believing them.
I personally watched a male colleague's career go down the toilet because of this. 10 years of nursing experience with no complaints.
A female patient had a big crush on him, he turned her down as was appropriate for a nurse/patient relationship. She looked him up and called him at home after discharge saying that she was no longer a patient so that they now could date. Turning her down again, she called the hospital saying that she was molested/fondled by him during care.
He was cleared and everything eventually it was unfounded (even though the stigma lasts), but it's a shame how an upstanding nurse of 10 years (who is now an MD) can become so powerless if any female off the street who comes into the ER decides to get even with him for turning her down.