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- by downsouthlaff Mar 9Hello all my fellow male CNAs. This thread is to talk about the differences being a male CNA than being a female CNA In hospitals and nursing homes today. Do you feel that as a Male CNA you are sometimes better respected and more trusted by your supervising Nurses? Are you sometimes still called an orderly by older folks and still seen by them as The orderly all dressed in white from the old days? Does your role in the facility kinda differ from that of regular CNAs, like using the male as the facility floater to help with lifting, and vitals, and combative residents, etc., or are you assigned a hall like a regular aide? Do you sometimes get "hit on" by older female residents/ patients unwantingly? Does your Charge Nurse always call you for assistance when there's a combative resident!! Do you constant get told by the older folks that "You must be in school to be a doctor huh?" 24/7 non stop over and over again no matter how many times you say no? What are your experiences as a Male Nurses Aide?Last edit by downsouthlaff on Mar 9
- Mar 10 by strings85When I worked as a CNA my duties were pretty much the same with a few exceptions. I was assigned a hall with usually around 20-30 residents. Would perform bathings, feedings, etc. The only difference of duties between the female staff and I, is that I was ALWAYS paged to help with moving/ambulating/re-positioning of our obese residents. I understood why, but it would get a little annoying sometimes when I would fall behind because of that.
Myself and a few other ladies were called to deal with combative/difficult residents. I don't think this had anything to do with gender. I believed we were just better at handling these types of situations.
I've been mistakenly identified as a MD, but I don't recall a time where I was disrespected by a pt. This wasn't just work for me. I cared for all of my residents, and I believe they picked up on that and grew to love me haha. I only bring up the fact that I cared about them because I've seen one too many times a CNA/Nurse abuse the residents privacy. The LTC I worked at was shady as hell, and I ended up leaving because my complaints were not being heard/resolved. But I'm going off topic here...
I'd say I was treated pretty much the same as anyone else there. I was the only male in the facility besides the DON lol. Made it interesting to say the least.
- Mar 10 by downsouthlaffThanks for the reply! I'm current working at my second LTC/Nursing Home. The first one was 2 miles from my house and very shady! It was also a 70 year old building wich was very dark creepy and yes haunted. I worked 10-6 night shift there and there was one CNA and one LPN to about 45 residents. It was a huge building about 145 beds and 58 residents. Very low census very bad reputation. I stayed 3 weeks gave up on CNA. Went to EMT school. Then I don't know why but one day caught up the nerve to apply at a much newer nursing home LTC, about 7 miles from my house. Got the job. Morning shift 6-2. Place was full 128 residents 130 beds plus Alzheimer unit. Plenty of staff Nurses and Aides. Much better much cleaner facilty with antebellum decor beautiful facility. Well I been there about a year now (approx). When I first started working there I was the facility floater! I would go around and help with lifting and vitals but was t responsible for a hall! But recently a new administrator who everyone hates we lost 34 employees, and I'm working 2-10pm and 6-2 now and do regular CNA duties. But back to the topic I guess at times I have feeler like I was treated different because I was a male like when I was the "facilty floater". Thanks for the reply.
- Mar 12 by blackvans1234I work in a hospital, I am often refused by female patients. I would say at one out of five will refuse me.
It's their right but it puts a strain on the rest of the healthcare team, which annoys me.
This trend continues in nursing school, I usually get male patients because of this social stigma.
- Mar 12 by downsouthlaffThanks for the reply I guess all we can do is roll with the punches that being a Male CNA/LPN/RN/ or nursing student has to offer if we're gonna last. Thanks for the replys everyone!
- Mar 14 by Natural510I've had similar experiences to blackvans, though not quite 1/5. If they want a female CNA for toileting, etc, they just have to wait that much longer to be assited, so it's their loss. It does get irritating, either way. As a nursing student it has not been a problem, and hopefully less so as an RN also.
There are some advantages to being male also, other than the lifting/turning thing. For one, some patients do better with men...especially sexist male patients who don't like to "take orders" from women, but also some older female patients (I think I remind them of a favored son or grandson).
Anyway, the discrimination can be real, but it seems as time goes on, more and more patients are learning to accept the reality of male nurses. Women have been dealing with discrimination in the workplace since, well, forever, so I figure we can take our licks and keep going too.
- Mar 23 by blackvans1234Todays shift, 7 patients, 4 men and 3 women, 2 of the 3 would not let me take them to the bathroom, and the third had aphasia so she couldn't verbalize any of her feelings.
It's extremely annoying, hopefully as a nurse there is a smaller occurrence of this,
- Mar 28 by kool-aideThis barely happens to me. I work in the hospital and most pts are fine with me caring for them.