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Snatchedwig has 3 years experience as a CNA, LPN and works as a LTACH Medsurg.

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Following this thread! Very interesting.

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Just putting this out there: I work in community health and I never have to do “intimate tasks.”  Occasionally I (a female) get called to chaperone a male MD doing a vaginal exam, but that’s it. There’s also psych; pediatrics (I don’t know about Islam but there are some religions where this concern wouldn’t apply to kids, just adults); there are ENT offices and orthopedic offices and podiatry offices and pain management offices. Basically there are a TON of nursing jobs where this won’t be an issue. Just get through  school by requesting to switch with female students as needed, and then work in a field where it won’t matter. 

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labordude has 13 years experience and works as a RN.

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On 5/10/2019 at 3:39 PM, wannabenurseman77 said:

But are there certain departments with less vagina-cathetering and breast examining etc.? Like how many vaginas and breasts does a male nurse have to see/touch a day on average? Would it be considered unreasonable to ask to swap tasks with a female nurse based on religious preference rather than the patient's request?

Literally every single day I catheterize and examine female anatomy including cervical exams and breastfeeding support, though in all fairness I'm an L&D nurse. 🤣

Just remember that whatever accommodations the school can provide, every topic is fair game on the NCLEX so make sure you do know your women's health and reproductive concerns.

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Just putting this out there: I work in community health and I never have to do “intimate tasks.”  Occasionally I (a female) get called to chaperone a male MD doing a vaginal exam, but that’s it. There’s also psych; pediatrics (I don’t know about Islam but there are some religions where this concern wouldn’t apply to kids, just adults); there are ENT offices and orthopedic offices and podiatry offices and pain management offices. Basically there are a TON of nursing jobs where this won’t be an issue. Just get through  school by requesting to switch with female students as needed, and then work in a field where it won’t matter. 

Thanks for this reassuring post!

It must be harder finding a job if one is picky, but between community health, prison, preschool and podiatry, there should be possibilities.

 

Just a thought.... would be it be ok for you to learn about caring for a female just in case if you were ever in a situation where it was an emergency?  If you are interested in humanitarian work, sometimes it’s not possible to separate due to lack of resources, emergent situations, etc. 

Yeah that might be a valid reason for doing those things in school. Something to discuss with the Imams.

On some forum a humanitarian NP in Africa was talking about how they went to places where there were no doctors so they had to take care of every kind of problem for every age and sex.

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On ‎5‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 5:11 AM, Kitiger said:

I'm curious how OP will get through nursing school with an unwillingness or inability to do intimate tasks with the female population. Once a nurse, yes, you can choose your settings. Student nurses don't have a lot of say . . .

 

Once you obtain your license, you can choose to work in home health venues where it is easier to request only male patients.  It might limit your employability as far as salary goes, but the self-imposed limitation will not be held against you.

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