any such thing as Male RN's in home health?

  1. I was wondering if there are any men working in home health. What kinds of issues do you have to deal with and how do you cope with it? I'm wondering if there are very many men in home health. I'm looking into it and have some concerns like personal cares to females, when you are alone in their house. Are there issues with that? Do they (agencies) mostly assign male nurses male patients because of that, or if female patients, something like COPD follow up or dressing changes on the leg, etc... Very curious. Thank you for any replies.....

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  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Ah, Rusty . . . . . where are you?

    steph
  4. by   BSNGUY
    Quote from stevielynn
    Ah, Rusty . . . . . where are you?

    steph

    What? Don't know what you mean.....
  5. by   tbal
    Quote from RNTOBSNGUY
    I was wondering if there are any men working in home health. What kinds of issues do you have to deal with and how do you cope with it? I'm wondering if there are very many men in home health. I'm looking into it and have some concerns like personal cares to females, when you are alone in their house. Are there issues with that? Do they (agencies) mostly assign male nurses male patients because of that, or if female patients, something like COPD follow up or dressing changes on the leg, etc... Very curious. Thank you for any replies.....

    Hi! We have had male nurses at our homecare agency. If, we had a patient that required something such as a urinary staight catherization or maybe a rectal wound ,a female nurse would more than likely be assigned. It has never been a problem because the male nurses could do everything else. There was always so much to do. I did have a patient's daughter request that I send back the handsome male nurse who covered for me on the weekend. She was quite interested in him. She actually became angry when he did not return . Here in Connecticut, we have quite a few males doing homecare.
    Teresa
  6. by   BSNGUY
    Thank you.. I may be interviewing soon for a transfer to my hospitals home nursing. Any information is helpful...
  7. by   CHATSDALE
    we had a rn working at the nursing home who was part time at HH he didn't last long but that was because he was a ding bat a condition not related to gender
  8. by   nursetim
    Quote from RNTOBSNGUY
    I was wondering if there are any men working in home health. What kinds of issues do you have to deal with and how do you cope with it? I'm wondering if there are very many men in home health. I'm looking into it and have some concerns like personal cares to females, when you are alone in their house. Are there issues with that? Do they (agencies) mostly assign male nurses male patients because of that, or if female patients, something like COPD follow up or dressing changes on the leg, etc... Very curious. Thank you for any replies.....

    I worked HH for an agency. Did wound care on hispanic female with s/p c-section. no problems and in that culture (as in many others) gender plays a role to one degree or another. I really liked HH it has all the things I liked about the ED w/o the ED hassels. It was hard on the car and the compesation for the car was not there. I don't think you'll regret it. You will see just about everything. Your assessment skills need to be sharp and they will stay sharp. The paper work can be daunting, just like the ED. All the best nursetim
  9. by   BSNGUY
    Quote from nursetim
    I worked HH for an agency. Did wound care on hispanic female with s/p c-section. no problems and in that culture (as in many others) gender plays a role to one degree or another. I really liked HH it has all the things I liked about the ED w/o the ED hassels. It was hard on the car and the compesation for the car was not there. I don't think you'll regret it. You will see just about everything. Your assessment skills need to be sharp and they will stay sharp. The paper work can be daunting, just like the ED. All the best nursetim

    Thanks very much. That's the type of reply I was hoping for...
  10. by   hoolahan
    Quote from RNTOBSNGUY
    What? Don't know what you mean.....
    She means Rustyhammer, one of the admin's on this forum, used to do home care.

    We have several male nurses at the agency I work for. It has never been a problem. It really isn't any different than the same issues you would face in a hospital. In some cases, a female prefers a female, and those wishes are respected, just as a male prefers a male in some cases.
  11. by   shammy
    The agency I work for has 5 male RN and 5 female RN, and 3 female LPN.

    For the most part patients don't care either way. Only one time did we have a pt the the male nurse who admitted her noted that females only for her - never did ask why, her request or some other reason.

    3 of the men are floats and don't case manage. I've had them go out for cath changes/problems on some female pts (and the pts don't mind, of course). And one admitted dehis c section and changed the dressing on the pts dehis abd wound after having baby. Pt didn't care, we talked about it later.

    The only comment any of the men have ever made to me is that because he works W/E only and does many admits... He never does a complete skin assessment without their verbal permission and with a family member present. And if the pt is at all hesitant, he lets them know that he'll have a female come out on Monday and they will do the skin check.

    I'm not a guy but these are the things I have seen/noticed

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