male vs. female......i don't see any reason why a male nurse should start a foley on a female pt. unless it is an emergency. i have no problem with a female coworker asking me to cath. their male pt.'s. i will always see if a female coworker will perform this procedure on my female pt's. i am about to graduate in may with my adn. i just want to get the general census about this.
thank you all for your comments. this was a class assignment and i wanted to start a little controversy so i would get some response. for the most part i really like the professional replies. i look forward to becoming an rn and agree with all of you that commented its up to the patient, and it's all about the patient. one of my main reasons for becoming a nurse is the holistic care we provide. god bless you all.
Mar 27, '04
I make it a matter of policy not to cath females, especially ones who are alert and oriented. Yes I know it's sexist since females have been cathing males for eons, and I'm a big hypocrite because I scream for equality in other areas.
But since I have to bring a female in the room with me to do that kind of intimate care on a female, (as a witness I'm not going to sexually molest her), I just send the female in the room to do it for me. I've never ever had someone refuse, but I'm a nice guy and most of the time am the charge nurse.
edited to add: Also, I've cathed many a male patient for female staff who weren't quite comfortable cathing the patient, usually a teenage male or young alert and oriented male.
Sometimes for the comfort of all involved it's best to compromise your feelings and not put your feelings on the other nurse, but respect where they are at.
Last edit by Tweety on Mar 27, '04
Mar 27, '04
Quote from sjoe
tee writes: "You cath the wrong fem and she complains and even files charges against you. kiss you a__ goodbye."
As happened to a (gay male) friend of mine who cathed an elderly demented female patient one night. When her relatives happened to find out, THEY filed formal "sexual abuse" charges against him and he had to go to hearings, etc. Believe me, he had ZERO sexual interest in her, but it was still a big, and months-long, hassle.
This is the reason that most of the guys in my unit won't do female caths, we had the same type of situation......we female coworkers in the unit don't seem have a problem with it as the guys are always willing to help out with other things...The other option of the female coworker in the room is an option, but, if you are going to take time to stand there, you might as well be the one putting in the foley so the other nurse can watch your patients...
Last edit by zambezi on Mar 27, '04