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by tss2507

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Hi guys, I recently enrolled in an ADN program and am doing a maternity clinical right now. I was told by my instructor that I should always have a fellow female nursing student in the room with me. I understand that... Read More


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    Since you're a student, you have to abide both by the facility's policy and your school's. With that note, perhaps you can ask your instructor if simply following the (female) RN would suffice as opposed to getting another female student to go in with you along with the RN.

    When it comes to female patients, yes, ideally (especially in L&D or young female pts), you should bring someone else into the room - especially if it is an invasive procedure. . . you'll learn more when you get to the legal sections

    btw, it works the other way too - some (male) pts prefer male RNs.
    Merlyn likes this.
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    yes always have a female nurse with you whenever your going to do something that may cause the exposure of any sensitive body part.... I learned my lesson the hardway and from now i won't listen to breaths sound correctly (stethoscope directly over skin, not stethoscope over gown)
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    for men it always will be a double standard when it comes to treating female, it is unfair. the said part of it, the young female in l&d gets more respect than the 65 year old female in med surg. how’s that for hypocrisy.
    Merlyn likes this.
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    Quote from jbluehorseh
    for men it always will be a double standard when it comes to treating female, it is unfair. the said part of it, the young female in l&d gets more respect than the 65 year old female in med surg. how’s that for hypocrisy.
    nothing is said if a female comes in, pulls back the sheet, and sticks a tub into a males 'tree of life' but let a male nurse come in, explain the procedure to a female and (as shakespeare says it "..uncovers her treasure to the moon.." and there is hell to pay.
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    I absolutely LOVED L&D! It was by far my favorite semester in nursing school.

    Having said that, as a guy, I would never want to work in L&D. It would be too weird.

    Now, when it comes to treating a female patient, in any other department, if I have to go 'under the gown,' unless its an emergency, I'm going to have a female in the room with me. Nurse, CNA, phlebe, housekeeper, whoever. Women can be complete wackos sometimes (no offense ladies) and I'm not going to put myself in a position where I could ever be acccused of acting inappropriately.

    Even though I'm a new nurse, I've been in this world for a while now and trust me - the guy ALWAYS loses.

    Just my $0.02
    Merlyn likes this.
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    Quote from rick68fl
    i absolutely loved l&d! It was by far my favorite semester in nursing school.

    Having said that, as a guy, i would never want to work in l&d. It would be too weird.

    Now, when it comes to treating a female patient, in any other department, if i have to go 'under the gown,' unless its an emergency, i'm going to have a female in the room with me. Nurse, cna, phlebe, housekeeper, whoever. Women can be complete wackos sometimes (no offense ladies) and i'm not going to put myself in a position where i could ever be acccused of acting inappropriately.

    Even though i'm a new nurse, i've been in this world for a while now and trust me - the guy always loses.

    Just my $0.02
    amen, brother! And i have been married for 40 year. I loose twice. Can i get another amen!!!
    kalevra likes this.
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    Yes, always protect your job and your license. Although tedious, you will never be accused of doing anything inappropriate. I work ER and the male docs won't do anything "down there" without a chaperone.
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    It completely depends on the patient and your situation. I have taken care of a lot of women who could care less as long as they are treated with respect and dignity. As a young male nurse, its usually me who is uncomfortable in these situations, yes, I am a professional and have had the appropriate training and can perform the needed tasks as well as any female (no offense), but I am still slightly uncomfortable doing certain things without a female coworker present. As much as we'd like to deny it, we still work in a world that is predominantly female, and some patients are just more comfortable with a female taking care of their personal needs. Always ask your patient first, they'll usually freely tell you if they aren't comfortable...but when in doubt, have a female present as a witness, it shouldn't bother you and if something does arise later on, you have someone on oyur side!
    ertravelnurse likes this.
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    Jees, if I had to have a female nurse with me the whole time I had a female patient I would never get anything done. In OB it's a little more tricky because just about every aspect of it is a little more intimate than your average med-surg floor (I work on a surgical floor). Basically, if possible, anytime you're doing anything that requires revealing and/or assessing "private parts", try to bring a female staff member in, even if it's just a tech, just to legally cover your butt. Most importantly, just be confident and professional about whatever you do. Patients will sometimes sense and misinterpret awkwardness and discomfort.

    As for patients asking for a female nurse. This very rarely happens on med-surg floors, but when it does it's our job to accommodate them. We can't force care on a patient. If it happens, talk to your charge nurse and try to trade patients with another female nurse on your floor.

    OB is really not an area of nursing that many men are comfortable with, if for no other reason than the inability to empathize. I know I was happy to have that rotation over with.


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