I find it interesting that a lot of RNs are commenting on my topic, and I greatly appreciate your inputs. You definitely provide me different perspectives which precisely why I posted here.On the other hand being NP and provider , comes with more responsibility and accountability. We cannot accomplish this without support of our team (LPN, RN and MA). We work together to provide best care that we can. That day I felt abandoned by my team.
Being alone with a pt who was wearing underwear and a gown was not the problem, I can assure you. I was a bedside nurse once, I have given many bed baths to young, old, male and female without chaperon. Also, as a female provider I have examined male pts for STDs, inguinal hernia, hemorrhoids etc , without a chaperon,you get the picture. AS someone pointed out, gender should not be the issue. We are professionals. yes, it is still good idea to have female chaperon if the provider is male. In this case all involving parties were female.
Also, working short handed and long hours make people not willing to cooperate. But I am in the same boat. Another point I am wondering that if this request was made by a physician, would they say no to him/her?
In any case, thank you all for your comments. I am planning to talk to them to understand exactly what went wrong.