Sexist Comment by Unit Director

  1. 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?
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  2. 31 Comments

  3. by   Turd Ferguson
    Did he definitely mean "guys" as in males? Or "guys" as in the collective group?
  4. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    I wouldn't worry about that too much.
  5. by   kakamegamama
    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.
  6. by   GiantJerk
    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. by   SeeTheMoon
    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.
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    If that were the worst thing I'd ever heard said by a management type of EITHER gender, I'd be a happy camper.
  9. by   meandragonbrett
    I'm sure you can find bigger fish in your unit to fry. This is nitpicking.
  10. by   whill08
    He said it specifically to the males in the room. Not nitpicking, I just thought it was a bizarre thing to say.
  11. by   erroridiot
    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!
  12. by   carl5480
    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. by   erroridiot
    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. by   Zaphod
    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.

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