Is this common? - page 2

Hi everyone, just started my PN/LN course and have a placement in a LTC facility, everything was going well until... One of the PSW asked for help with a lady on a lift, as soon as I entered the room she started yelling at me to... Read More

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    There wasn't an issue this week, so hopefully it was just an isolated incident. Thanks for the advice and support.

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    I'm just starting clinicals in the Fall but work as a CNA per diem for home care agencies. Most people won't have the reaction you got from the female patient but keep in mind that there may be some female patients that are uncomfortable with a male nurse and won't express it. I've also seen reactions from male patients as well because they'd rather have a female nurse. In those instances the male patient's concerns can be rooted in homophobia or that they think having another male take care of them might project the wrong sexual orientation image to others. You sometimes can't win either way. Keeping in mind that the type of work you're doing requires a certain amount of sensitivity to others and introducing yourself more carefully can go a long way towards avoiding these issues some patients have with male nurses.
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    I've also seen reactions from male patients as well because they'd rather have a female nurse. In those instances the male patient's concerns can be rooted in homophobia or that they think having another male take care of them might project the wrong sexual orientation image to others.
    I just ran into a patient like this... he didn't want me or the male doc. Ultimately, he decided male caregivers were better than getting bounced back to triage. It's the first time I've had a male doc request a male chaperone for a male patient.

    When I was in nursing school, I did have a crusty old guy (retired combat vet, steel worker, and cop) who was a little uncomfortable with me until I made casual reference to my veteran status and my wife and kid.

    For the most part, though, my gender has rarely been an issue.
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    After three semesters of once-weekly clinicals at three different sites, I can report that I have not experienced any sexism as a male nursing student. The one exception is the assumption by nursing home residents that I was a doctor. Of course, a rare female patient or two has requested that I don't assist with a bed bath. Nevertheless, people usually don't have a problem with my gender.


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