Hi, I'm thinking of becoming a CNA and working with the geriatric population, then later on possibly going back to school for RN. However, there's just one aspect I'm worried about and it's the fact that I've been told that the residents in nursing homes often sexually abuse the CNAs and nurses, groping them and making unwanted sexual advances, etc. Without wanting to go into much detail, I have a childhood history of sexual abuse and this would make me very uncomfortable. I posted about this in the General Nursing forum but was promptly told to "get over myself and please don't even bother going into nursing." I was hoping to maybe get more understanding responses here. Now, I know some of the patients engaging in this behavior may suffer from Alzheimer's/dementia and simply don't know any better, in which case is very sad but admittedly would still make me uncomfortable. And then I'm told some patients are just aggressive/perverted people to begin with and think they can get away with such acts in a nursing home.
I'm wondering if this is really THAT common an occurence, being inappropriately touched by patients, and if so, is anything ever done about it? I mean, if a patient is really sexually aggressive or makes me uncomfortable, would something be done about it and would I be able to get someone to help me with them, etc. or am I expected to just deal with it? I appreciate any advice and hope to receive possibly more sympathetic and understanding responses here. I really want to become a CNA because I love people and helping take care of them, especially the elderly, and I also have experience caring for a dying family member and found it to be a very wonderful, fulfilling thing I could imagine myself doing for a living. This is just the one thing that's making me have second thoughts, cause admittedly such a thing could be triggering for me. Now, I realize that you have to do a lot of cleaning of bodily fluids as a CNA, seeing people naked and bathing them, etc etc. That kind of stuff wouldn't bother me, I am just a little worried about being touched or made to do things against my will.