This subject has recently come up in one of my classes. One of the guys was already spitting mad that a patient MIGHT refuse him as their L&D nurse -- we're in the first term, this is just an idea in his head, not even a reality. Anyhow, it sparked two class discussions, during which two different profs declared that for a woman to ask not to have a male L&D nurse was "not acceptable" and "wrong."
Huh? One of those profs had just told us it was appropriate for a patient (or a nurse) to request a switch, if the patient and the nurse just didn't "connect" -- because the nurse/client relationship is especially close is this situation. Moreover, we're having "culturally sensitive care" beaten into us.
Ok, I don't want a male nurse because a) we don't "connect" and b) my culture says it's not ok for a man other than my husband to help my naked self in and out of a hot tub.
Are you telling my I'm "wrong" and my cultural beliefs are "Not acceptable"?
White people have culture too, you know...and not just the athlete's foot kind.