Were any of you CNA's before entering nursing school? Could men care for female...

  1. residents? I posted this topic in the "general area", but was really hoping for some student/CNA input and I'm not sure how much I will receive there. I am currently taking a CNA course and have been told that at all three facilities that our school uses for clinicals that MEN are not able to care for female residents (although female CNA's can care for male residents). The instructor went on to say that this might make it more difficult for the male students to find employment at these facilities (after the class is over).

    Is this common and if so how do these institutions avoid sexual discrimination lawsuits for not hiring as many male CNA's. Is there some exception in the law for healthcare facilities of which I'm not aware? This wasn't an issue for me during my BSN clinicals (which I will resume hopefully next fall). In fact, I haven't read or heard anything about it being harder for male RN's to find jobs (although I have been told that some patients may prefer to be taken care of by a female, and that's fine with me). I was hoping to work as a CNA this summer to "refresh" my clinical skills for next fall. I'm sure that I will be able to find something, but this just irks me (of course I was too chicken to speak up in protest during class!).
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  3. by   Altra
    I have no idea how prevalent the situation you describe may be.

    At my school our first clinicals were at an LTC facility. Male students cared for female residents, unless an individual resident expressed a preference, and I can remember at least one male CNA employed there.
  4. by   moonbunnie
    I work at a nursing home, and we dont have many male CNA's, but we do have some, and they do care for female residents. I dont know if that is something that is determined by each facility, but what they told us in CNA school was that it was the choice of the resident, and I think most residents dont mind have a male CNA.
  5. by   JenRN_2B
    My school requires that you be a CNA before entering the nursing program.

    I don't understand why a male CNA couldn't care for female residents. I work in a nursing home and care for both genders as do the male CNAs.
  6. by   kellisdomain
    The nursing home I worked at in Texas was the residents preference if they wanted a male to bathe them or not. My best friend worked in with the Alzheimers and I would go in to help him bathe some of the women while he got the men.
  7. by   nclexhater
    if you are a CNA, just do your job and don't worry about being a male taking care of a female. Be gentle and kind and be a NURSE and care for the sick. Duh. Get over it and do your job. Women accept a Male OB/GYN, why not a CNA.
  8. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from MLOS
    ... At my school our first clinicals were at an LTC facility. Male students cared for female residents, unless an individual resident expressed a preference, and I can remember at least one male CNA employed there.
    Same experience here.
  9. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from nclexhater
    .. do your job and don't worry about being a male taking care of a female. Be gentle and kind and be a NURSE and care for the sick... do your job...
    Agree with the general sentiment of the above.

    But think you're on the right track keeping in mind some of the potential issues we all face out there. Believe you'll do well.
  10. by   thanatos
    Agree w/ above posters: be professional, kind, and sincere and there shouldn't be any problems. I worked for about 4 years as a CNA while pursuing my RN in first LTC and then the hospital. I provided care for both males & females without any issues. Once in a blue moon, however, a female would request only a female to take of them. I even did urinary catheters on females, with their permission and a female CNA present.

    Cheers
  11. by   AmyLiz
    Didn't matter. I took the class this past fall (it's required at our school) and we had 2 male students, one took care of a male resident, one took care of a female resident...just the way it turned out for them. Both helped take care of females too.
  12. by   Love4Me
    I am currently a CNA in a LTC facility. We only have 2 male CNAs employed at our facility; however, they are allowed to work with male as well as female residents. The residents (female) do have the right to ask for a female aide; and some of them do. The men are more than willing to help us women with our heavy transfers, and us women are more than willing to help the men with their female residents who would rather be bathed or toileted by a women.
    I hope you all the best.

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