Can a male nurse work in home health?

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    Can a male nurse work in home health? I've always had jobs where I go house to house, and that was my favorite type of observation time when doing pta shadowing.
    But can a male actually work as a nurse doing home health?
    thanks.
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    Of course. Many clients prefer male nurses.
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    I did it for 13 years
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    I'm sure that if you do a comprehensive review of States BON practice acts you will find in most states a nurse who has a penis is strictly forbidden to practice in the home health setting, or any other area where the are out of constant supervision of multiple non-penised nurses. In some areas of the country, entering a patients home while in posession of both an x and a y chromosome is not only grounds for licence suspension but can be prosicuter as a felony. It's just common sense than men are not capible of doing home health care in any safe manner. That darn "maleness" does so get in the way of so many of our nursing interventions, I don't know why men ever go into nursing to begin with.
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    suanna, he, he, he. LOL! So MrChicago has been felonizing for 13 years!
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    here in cal,

    i am a male nurse and have been doing home health since 2009. my companies policy is that male nurses can only work on male clients, no such gender assignments for the softer (and much prettier) sex. is it legal or necessary? who knows? but there have always been enough male clients for me to get 40 hours of work in a week. it's just part of the gig when you have external genitals in this business. send me a private if you want to hear the horror story which was my ob rotation in lvn school.
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    Quote from bloodlikefire
    here in cal,

    i am a male nurse and have been doing home health since 2009. my companies policy is that male nurses can only work on male clients, no such gender assignments for the softer (and much prettier) sex. is it legal or necessary? who knows? but there have always been enough male clients for me to get 40 hours of work in a week. it's just part of the gig when you have external genitals in this business. send me a private if you want to hear the horror story which was my ob rotation in lvn school.
    no, its not "just part of the gig". its blatantly illegal.
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    Quote from crashvector
    no, its not "just part of the gig". its blatantly illegal.
    do you have a law degree? do you have the 10,000 dollars to hire a lawyer?

    any company can get away with anything that they are not sued about and its not worth my time or money to fight something that in the end doesn't matter to me. as long as i can work a full week every week it truly doesn't matter what the gender of my patient it.

    i have less than six months left with this company, as once i earn my bsn i plan on moving on to the next job. each company is different and sets their own policies. you can always refuse to work for a company that has a similar policy if you chose.
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    And if other groups had that attitude, women still wouldnt be able to vote and there would still be slavery.
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    I understand exactly where Bloodlikefire is coming from. I live in a rural community, but I WAS interested in finding a part-time home health position for experience, it seems like something I would be interested in, and I see a great value in home health to patients. The problem is, one of the main companies in my area that hires part-timers told me outright that they hire female nurses, not men. What happened was, I sent my resume in, the MALE recruiter called me, and then seemed surprised that I was a man and a nurse all in one...it was after that, that he told me his company rarely hired men for nursing because their clients generally would not allow a male nurse in their home. So I've been a bit turned off by it and continue enjoying my full-time hospital job and providing excellent care to my patients in the hospital.


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