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Sexist Comment by Unit Director

  1. 4 at a recent unit staff meeting our new director, a lmsw, made the comment that he is proud that all the "guys" are willing to clean up "poopy diapers". i found this extremely offensive. we have one male rn and a couple male techs that do the same jobs as their female counterparts. i don't quite understand why the "guys" should be congratulated for doing a basic nursing task; it surely isn't beneath them because they are men. i told our director that being part of the nursing staff meant all patient care was fair game, male or female. he seemed surprised that i was offended, but honestly what planet is this guy from?
  2. Visit  whill08 profile page

    About whill08

    Joined Oct '10; Posts: 30; Likes: 20.

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  3. Visit  Turd Ferguson profile page
    Did he definitely mean "guys" as in males? Or "guys" as in the collective group?
    Otessa, roser13, caliotter3, and 2 others like this.
  4. Visit  NurseLoveJoy88 profile page
    I wouldn't worry about that too much.
  5. Visit  kakamegamama profile page
    In my neck of the woods "guys" means everyone, regardless of gender. My guess is he is from a similar area in which that word means nothing more than "ya'll", "you", "ladies and gents", and on and on.
    SpEdtacular, sharpeimom, LegzRN, and 2 others like this.
  6. Visit  GiantJerk profile page
    I'm a guy... who wants to work in NICU, but I don't find that "sexist" or "offensive" at all. I'd just take it for the compliment that I'm sure it was meant to be. Sorry.
  7. Visit  SeeTheMoon profile page
    Sounds like he was just making a joke to me. Ask any mom and she'll tell you women are the usual poopy diaper changes. But I see your point.
    tokmom and Sparrowhawk like this.
  8. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
    If that were the worst thing I'd ever heard said by a management type of EITHER gender, I'd be a happy camper.
    tokmom, sharpeimom, LegzRN, and 11 others like this.
  9. Visit  meandragonbrett profile page
    I'm sure you can find bigger fish in your unit to fry. This is nitpicking.
    LegzRN, Katie5, enchantmentdis, and 1 other like this.
  10. Visit  whill08 profile page
    He said it specifically to the males in the room. Not nitpicking, I just thought it was a bizarre thing to say.
  11. Visit  erroridiot profile page
    You can file a complaint with the EEOC or you could contact your local newspaper, radio station or TV station and see if they would be interested in doing a "story" on it!
    enchantmentdis likes this.
  12. Visit  carl5480 profile page
    Sorry, but I think it is kind of nitpicking. It's good that you told him you were offended, but it doesn't seem as if this were meant to insult or alienate anyone, rather a way to praise people for a job well done. I get your point, and why SHOULD anyone be singled out for doing the same job everyone else is doing? But making a big deal out of this is kind of silly.
  13. Visit  erroridiot profile page
    Quote from whill08
    at a recent unit staff meeting our new director, a lmsw, made the comment that he is proud that all the "guys" are willing to clean up "poopy diapers".
    your director is a social worker?

    do you have a nurse supervisor?
  14. Visit  Zaphod profile page
    You know what. This site is becoming very antagonistic. Anything you say-you get attacked. I for one am with OP. Its BS and totally sexist macho non-sense.
    Old.Timer, fuzzywuzzy, noahsmama, and 3 others like this.

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