I am actually a pre male nurse student.
I am looking at a college in which I will attend if I decode to do nursing.
I have never experienced it so I want to shadow a nurse in the summer.
I want to make sure it is what I want to do. After I have made that decision I want to pursue it with all my heart at a young age. I am 19 years old and so if its what I want to do I don't want to wait until I'm 30 some.
Anyways I don't wish to do any OB or L&D stuff if I don't have to. I don't see what that has to do with ICU care (where I am wanting to go). Also I may have a different mind set that others. I don't want to do L&D because is a major invasion of a woman's privacy, imo.
If it were my wife (not married and faarrr from it) and there was no doctor, yes of course I would do it. But checking up on female patients every few hrs... Like- hey I just need to see you are doing down there...major privacy invasion. What female patient wouldn't feel uncomfortable? I think the only reason why most female patients don't mind a male OB is because they are in too much pain to notice. All I know is if I were a woman I would not want some guy staring up there. Same as me being a guy I don't really like female doctors or nurses checking me out down there...really weird and awkward.
All that said I want nothing (or at most little) to do with preforming procedures/assessments on women(I am talking where it exposes them..I don't need to see that). Is it likely that I can just do ped or something else at those clinical hrs?
I know most women would not want me there as well as some RN/instructors and myself. It is not something I would want to see and it would seem as if that would give me the title of "pervert".
Sorry this is so long. I know some of you may think I should do all that stuff, as maybe a good learning experience. I just don't see much to learn in it except assessment of a infant or a C-section.
No, you're not going to be able to skip L&D clinicals.
The accrediting bodies/Boards of Nursing set the curriculum that has to be taught in order to meet the requirements for licensure, they require a set minumum number of hours in maternity. And the NCLEX wont omit the relevent questions because you didn't take the term.
I can promise you, even in ICU you're going to get up close and professional with a lot of 'down theres', both male and female. Women do wind up in ICU following childbirth, very sick people very often have catheters that have to be inserted and throughly cleaned on a regular basis, people who can't bathe themselves have to be washed 'down there' on regular basis.
I'll put this as kindly as I can, you have a LOT of growing up to do before you consider a career in nursing.
Last edit by kids on Feb 3, '12