Poll: Male Nurses in the OB? Ok or No Way??? - page 3

Hey All, I have to write a scientific methods paper for pysch. Please tell me what you think about male nurses in OB, specifically the delivery room. I am not looking to start a huge debate... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Someday-C.R.N.A.
    Why Are None Of The "no"s Explaining????
    They do not have to justify their answers.
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I say ok all the way. I have had the pleasure of being in the care of some wonderful male OB nurses, and working with a few others. I love em.
  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from stpauligirl
    I'd rather have 100 males in the room than one mother- in- law
  4. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from stpauligirl
    I'd rather have 100 males in the room than one mother- in- law
    :roll :yeahthat:
  5. by   cicicross
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Wouldn't it be silly to take a poll and ask if female nurses should be allowed in the OR if a guy is having a TURP?

    How is this poll any less silly?

    In fact, the only way you can argue that this poll is less silly is by arguing that there is some moral flaw inherent in the character of men (and not women) that calls into question their trust around members of the opposite sex.

    And that's just silly.

    That's me

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    I don't think I would consider it a matter of trust, just a matter of comfort. As a woman who has worked in OB for 1 1/2 years now, and has had to endure more Pap smears than I can count, I would have to say that I prefer a woman. It's not really easy to explain, all I can say is that at least a woman knows what it is like to have to lie there in that vulnerable position, with your goods spread open for all to see (excuse the frankness). Many of the patients I have taken care of would not mind, some would due partly to culture and modesty issues. I have never understood why they don't mind the MD being a male and decline to have a male nurse, but that is the choice of the individual. Appreciate the opinion and point of view, but I am thinking that a lot more women have babies and ob/gyn procedures than men do TURPS, and that if given the choice, many men WOULD decline a female being present for that or say a vasectomy.
    JMHO :chuckle
  6. by   Namaste4All
    I can't believe we even have to ask. In my OB rotation the guys really got the shaft. Some never even saw a birth or had an OB experience. Would we ask if they were doctors? Why must they qualify the sentence with "male nursing student" when they ask the family, "can a nursing student be in the room with you?" Can you imagine being asked if a FEMALE doctoral student could observe? It's just sexism. If nearly all of the OB doctors are male then why not some nurses too?

    E=KrisRNwannabe]Hey All,

    I have to write a scientific methods paper for pysch. Please tell me what you think about male nurses in OB, specifically the delivery room. I am not looking to start a huge debate just taking a survey.

    Thanks Everyone!!!

    Kris[/QUOTE]
  7. by   lynnintn
    I see no reason why not. We have male OB physicians, although I personally prefer a female OB/GYN. So long as a nurse is qualified, sex does not really matter.
    Kim RN, BSN
  8. by   HRLRN
    On a related topic: I'm a nursing student in my final year of school. This past summer I worked in our local VA hospital. I was trained in and had done many EKGs. For obvious reasons all my pts were male. One day a female pt came in (with her daughter) and I was told I could not do an EKG on a female (even with a relative in the room!). It was hospital policy. I've worked in other settings where there is no such policy and was shocked to see it in a government facility. It wasn't that I was a student either -- the regular tech (a man) was also asked to leave the room. Interestingly, the pt and her daughter had no problem with my doing the EKG. They didn't care I was a man -- they just wanted the best possible care. Their feelings on the matter didn't matter...
  9. by   kiwindn099
    Have found that males tend to be more sensitive and gentle in handling female clients as compared to female ?doctors especially in obst and gynaec. When we allow males to be obstetricians and gynaecologists, why can't we allow males to be nurses in these fields as well? A case for discrimination...
  10. by   SPN_Nikki
    It doesn't matter to me whether I have a male or female nurse in there. I also gave birth in a teaching hospital with both of my boys and with the 1st one, I had about 10-12 student drs(mostly male) in there cheering me on as I pushed my son out (drug-free) and with the 2nd,I only had 2 student nurses(both female) in there,so I really don't care either way. Sometimes,seeing a male face can make you feel better,especially if your husband/partner is unable to make it on time(that way you have a male face to curse at, get mad at,etc...)lol:roll
  11. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from SPN_Nikki
    Sometimes,seeing a male face can make you feel better,especially if your husband/partner is unable to make it on time(that way you have a male face to curse at, get mad at,etc...)lol:roll
  12. by   almostthere06
    I was delivered by a male OB. All of my siblings were delivered by a male OB. I see a male GYN. What is the difference in this or a male OB nurse? In my opinion, it should not even be a question.





    Quote from KrisRNwannabe
    Hey All,

    I have to write a scientific methods paper for pysch. Please tell me what you think about male nurses in OB, specifically the delivery room. I am not looking to start a huge debate just taking a survey.

    Thanks Everyone!!!

    Kris
  13. by   JohnBearPA
    As a student, I had the obligatory OB experience, and found that I was more uncomfortable than the woman that was in labor. I also had a bit of a problem with post-partum assessments, such as asking about lochia and breast tenderness, but quickly got over that and kept as professional as I could. I think if a male wants to work in OB, and he's good at what he does, go for it as long as the patient is o.k. with his presence.
    Leads to another question tho, what to do when the pt requests a female, and one isn't available? That's happened to me numerous times, and not only on the OB floor.

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