I am only a nursing student, but have a job at a hospital as a patient care assistant. I float all over the hospital and many times end up being a 1:1 sitter for patients. I can't count the number of times that I have been invited to snuggle up with a patient, asked if my boyfriend would be willing to share, been accused of "peeking" at genitals, asked to "hold" a penis, and heard stories about how large someone is, etc.
Now generally I have no reaction to these things, unless someone actually touches me or becomes overly aggressive/graphic. But I don't know if that is the best way to handle things. I have thought about directly stating that I don't want to hear that, none of their business etc. But I also am aware that I am essentially trapped in the room with them and I don't want to give them the perception that their words are making me uncomfortable. Because it appears that many of them would keep at it if I let on and I don't want to escalate anything.
It is just weird, that somehow I will tolerate these things because I am at work and these people are sick.
Anyone have any thoughts or experiences?