I don't want a male nurse! - Caption Contest Winner

  1. As nurses, we get a lot of requests. What is the most frequent request in your place of work?

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  3. by   samadams8
    I have a hard time with the whole, "I don't want a "male" nurse" thing. Do people say this with the physicians that care for them? What about RRT? What about PT or any other healthcare professional??? When I was pregnant or in labor, I certainly never said, "I only want a female OBGYN." All I want to know is if you care--know what you are doing--are compassionate and are effective at what you do--and also, if you will listen. That goes for any of the roles above.

    I guess this thing will just need more time to work its way through the culture.
  4. by   nrsang97
    Sometimes it is a cultural issue for men to take care of women. I still don't care if my doctor is a man or woman, just be caring and compassionate. I even let male med students and student nurses care for me before and after labor.

    My mother in law prefers a woman doctor, but if she needs to see someone she will see a male doctor. She just really prefers a female doctor when it comes to a breast exam or a pap exam. My father in law prefers a male for a prostate exam, and in general for his doctor. So I guess it is a generational thing too.
  5. by   cadawasp
    I hear this about male aides as well although they do as we'll or better then some of the females and we try to accommodate them. I have also seen male aides try to get out of caring for females as well.
    Culture can be an issue in either directions. In some cultures a man can not be cared for by a woman other then his wife. This should be accommodated when possible.
  6. by   mind_body_soul RN
    20-something female here. No kids, no history of any type of abuse. I request a female care provider for Paps and breast exams. They always ask on the phone when I make appointments anyways. Having my body exposed and invaded by a stranger is awkward enough for me. Call me a prude or whatever. It's just a cultural/personal thing for me. I am one of those people who only hugs immediate family members, and I need my personal space. Obviously if I needed an emergency Pap smear and there was only a male doctor around to do it, I guess I would survive. But just because I am a patient it doesn't mean that my modesty, comfort, and dignity has to go out the window.
    I had an older male patient that didn't want me, his young female nurse, to take his Foley (I think he was embarrassed). I said, "Ok, I will find a male nurse to do it" because there were two working on the floor that day. I was not the least bit offended.
    I think that it isn't a big deal to accommodate patients' preferences on caregiver gender in non-emergent situations. Are you going to force your patients to cope with an uncomfortable situation just because it is more convenient for you? I should hope not.
  7. by   Amnesty
    ^ I agree with this, fully. I'm the same way. I could deal with a male doctor doing a pelvic exam/breast check for me, but I much prefer to have a female. In a situation where a male patient didn't want me handling him, I'd try to accommodate that the best I could.
  8. by   That Guy
    Doesnt bother me at all.
  9. by   kat7464
    Sorry, just don't understand the humor in the cartoon....
  10. by   seanynjboy
    Quote from kat7464
    Sorry, just don't understand the humor in the cartoon....
    I don't either and I am a male nurse....
  11. by   ArrowRN
    maybe I should start exercising my patient rights next time hopefully never, if I need medical care demand that "I don't want a female nurse" I wonder what will they do.
  12. by   LithEruiel
    I've had people request another nurse because I'm "too young." Was 28 at the time...same patient accepted a 25-year-old nurse...
  13. by   sharpeimom
    I've also been told that I looked too young to be a "real" nurse more than once.

    About all you can do is withdraw graciously and not take it personally. After it happened again, I felt like saying, "I'll go get my Grandma and be right back. She looks old." Didn't do it but I sure as heck felt like it!
  14. by   mind_body_soul RN
    I should add that other than for womens' health matters, I don't mind having a male nurse. In my experience, they have been gentler with injections and phlebotomy on me than female nurses.