Originally posted by sfowler:
I am doing research on male nurses and I have some questions if you could please help me out.
1)Have you ever seen or heard a male being treated different do to his gender? If so please describe
2)would you ask a male nurse to help you bath cath a male patient if he was down the hall from you?
3) do you know of any advantages or disadvantage being a male in the field?
Thank you for your help with my research for my class.
The only real difference I have seen in the way that male and female nurses are treated is that some patients, especially older women, do not always feel comfortable with a young man bathing them. I have also seen instances where the patient's family was uncomfortable.
I probably would not ask a male nurse to assist me bathing or cathing a male patient because I do not feel uncomfortable doing these tasks and in five years in the field I have never had a male patient indicate to me that he was uncomfortable with a female performing such tasks. However, if a male patient did indicate he was uncomfortable, then I probably would ask a male nurse for assistance
I do feel that male nurses have one advantage over female nurses and that is their physical size and strength. Nursing is hard work and some patients are quite heavy.
Good luck with your research