The only thing I've noticed is they don't put females on the "code grey" team.........which helps to descalate a combative patient. Not that I expect females to be on this team. 99.999% of the code greys are done on males.
Jan 20, '07
Yeah, I get a similar expectation during our 'code whites' (violent pt) but since I'm the charge nurse, I have to respond and team lead anyway, but the rest of the male staff - including housekeepers, maintenance, etc - respond as well for added muscle if required, but it seldom comes to that, in fact, I've never had to muscle a combatant and likely wouldn't allow it to happen anyway. Our policies, unwritten or otherwise, are a little medieval.
Jan 25, '07
The only thing that's expected of me is that I'll try to get out of breastfeeding teaching .... though it wouldn't be the first time I've taught it, and done fine! Sometimes the other RN's ask me to manage a difficult parent, even when I'm not charge. I try to interact with the dads as much as I can, since I have more in common with them.
Feb 8, '07
I find I get called for combative patients and heavy lifts, but I don't wait to be called if I know either situation is occuring. I have a lot of experience with pt transfers from my previous job, so I have an advantage in technique even over my male co-workers. Talking to confused/agitated/combative pts just turns out to be something I'm good at, although, again, as an orderly, I often got called just for muscle. In those days, I learned quickly just to shut up and let the nurse do the talking--it doesn't help if too many people talk--but I got to see what worked and what didn't.
I'm lucky to work with a really good team of nurses--we share our respective strengths. I don't feel like I have to hesitate to ask for help when I need it, and it feels good to be able to return the favor.
Feb 13, '07
I agree with those who have said what they have about the Code Grey/White's.
As Mike said above - I have helped some of the PCT's/CNA's ambulate patients before (the larger ones) since all of our CNA's seem to be scronny little carrot eaters! (I'm not all that "huge" myself) but anyways.
Overall, I don't feel that more is expected of you. I feel equally treated just as the other female RN's.