Tonight I walked in on my pt...

  1. 0 masturbating. I know it's a fact of life but I'm completely grossed out. I was just doing my hourly rounding. Behind the curtain all I could see was his legs shaking, looked like he was having a seizure so I rushed over to the bed. What a surprise for the both of us. Feeling like I need to go shower right now.
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  3. Visit  RNewbie profile page

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    From 'Southern California'; Joined Apr '10; Posts: 407; Likes: 278.

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  4. Visit  ShantheRN profile page
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    Makes you want to bleach your eyes, doesn't it? I've walked in on pts masturbating, pts having sex, parents having sex while the pt was asleep next to them.....it never ends.
  5. Visit  Cuddleswithpuddles profile page
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    Considering the rudeness and pitiful self-destructive behaviors I have witnessed from patients, a little hand to gland combat ain't a thang.
    DroogieRN, redmielita, Brannray, and 38 others like this.
  6. Visit  OnlybyHisgraceRN profile page
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    I felt the same way!
    BostonTerrierLoverRN likes this.
  7. Visit  nicenurselpn profile page
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    I too have walked in and found this going as well. I just close the curtain and go on my merry way! Compared to other things they could be doing, this one isn't the worse!! I just make sure that they wash their hands afterwards!

    Brannray, juzme, OncRNMichelle, and 5 others like this.
  8. Visit  Ruas61 profile page
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    Honestly, why is it gross? (Rhetorical question) Uncomfortable yes, I will give anyone that. But, it sounds like he was doing it in privacy and without an audience. It probably bought him some relief and comfort to being in the hospital. (Yea, I am waiting for the jokes now on that comment.)
    mz.snuggly1, abbaking, abbnurse, and 21 others like this.
  9. Visit  wish_me_luck profile page
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    agreed, nice nurselpn. I worked with neuro patients before and I have seen the masturbating thing. I do remember the first time I saw that happen and it was a feeling of disgust/shock and I felt dirty for walking in on it; but I agree with nicenurselpn. I don't know what kind of patient that was but it is more common in neuro injury patients.
  10. Visit  BostonTerrierLoverRN profile page
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    I was doing an admission sheet on a guy in a hospital that had a "Reproductive Health" on the forms in the packet.

    Question 32 Are you sexually active? Pt. "Well I used to be nearly every night, until I lost my thumb in a car accident."

    Mammals can be sooooooo inappriate. I guess I am lucky- I have had lots of patient's in the bathroom when I go in for something- but thank-God they had the courtesy to hide IF that's what was up! (no pun intended) And, 50% of what they do in that bathroom is NONE of my business, . . .

    However it does create a "Risk for Falls R/T . . . I'm going to leave that to the imagination!
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Apr 9, '12 : Reason: Thank God for the Edit Button!
    GHGoonette, psu_213, Guttercat, and 2 others like this.
  11. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    Working on a tele unit you would sometimes see pts HR skyrocket for no reason. Rush in and voila, working on some man to hand relationship.
  12. Visit  Ashley, PICU RN profile page
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    Honestly, from some of the other posts I've read on here- be glad he didn't ask you to do it for him.
  13. Visit  RNewbie profile page
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    Before my shift was over the nursing assistant came out of the room startled...he was doing it again. If I got caught once I would just chill out for a while. I would not have been so shocked if he was doing it under the covers, but his door was open, the curtain was only pulled half way, his gown was up and he was completely exposed. Like you guys said, it coulda been worse. Now I know to expect the unexpected.
  14. Visit  MN-Nurse profile page
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    Happens fairly often, and to me a couple of times. The only ones I've walked in on were women.
  15. Visit  MoopleRN profile page
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    Quote from RNewbie
    masturbating. I know it's a fact of life but I'm completely grossed out. I was just doing my hourly rounding. Behind the curtain all I could see was his legs shaking, looked like he was having a seizure so I rushed over to the bed. What a surprise for the both of us. Feeling like I need to go shower right now.
    I don't understand why you were grossed out (it was a private moment you happened upon (not a wet trach that makes you dry heave to suction/do cares on/hear it hawk! ... that's my personal gross out). Especially when you acknowledge it's a fact of life. It's not like he purposely did it in front of you or asked you to watch/participate.

    I gather from your screen name you're a new nurse. Maybe that had something to do with it. Suck it up, get over the hump and know that once you've got more hands on experience, it will be easier to deal with.

    Ahem!
    Hoozdo, juzme, anotherone, and 4 others like this.


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