Hello fellow nurse sisters
I feel so embarrased to share this story, but I can't stop thinking.
I was helping a young male patient to take a shower. He was washing himself, and I was just helping his back, but suddenly he grabbed the towel, covered the area, and told me that he has something. I didn't see or realize anything until he told me so.
I just told him that it's okay and will bring a male nurse to help. I left the shower and brought the male nurse to finish the job. I took care of him until the end of my shift.
I know that it was out of his control, and he was apologetic, but I feel like I got harrased somehow and can't stop thinking about my behavior. I try to be nice and sweet to my patients, but I don't do anything special to male patients. I'm not sure and kinda feel down...
Any thoughts or sharing???
Jan 15, '12
Quote from Mommy&RN
So your patient got an erection, is that right? He covered himself and you left the room, how do you feel harrased?
I was wondering, too...
Did he make a pass at you, a comment, a gesture??
I do not mean to be harsh, but if he did not, then you will need to develop a tougher skin, because as a bedside nurse, I assure you, you will
encounter similar situations in the future.
Last edit by Nccity2002 on Jan 15, '12
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Men can have reflexogenic and psychogenic erections, a man can experience a reflexogenic erection in response to touch when washing himself, or a psychogenic erection in response to erotic thought. When a patient experiences a reflexogenic erection (as was the case in the situation you describe), reassure him that it is a reflex response and is nothing to be embarressed about. Either carry on with what you are doing or ask the patient if they would like to be left alone for a moment. There is no need to send a male nurse in to take care of a patient who has experienced a reflexogenic erection. Once you become better informed about sexual health, you will feel more comfortable in these situations.
Last edit by dishes on Jan 15, '12
: Reason: correction
Poor fellow. That's embarrassing for young men/boys. Trick is to just be professional and put his mind at ease by carrying on. I would have said something like "no worries, it happens to around 50% of the population" and kept going.
Honey, get over it. They do that.
Last edit by sirI on Jan 15, '12
: Reason: edited for TOS