In the last year I have let my hair grow back out a little … not like my hippie days, but much longer than my army days. Recently I had a lady needing to get up to the bedside commode, and we were getting destroyed, so I asked the CNA if he would get her up. While he was in there, I remembered I needed a urine, so I grabbed a hat and went in there to place it on the commode before she sat down. She looked at me and said she didn’t want the male CNA to help her up to the commode. I asked her why, and she said she didn’t want a man to help her to the toilet, she wanted me to do it. I told her that I was sorry, but I was a boy nurse. She said I didn’t count, as if that should make me feel better. I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure I was insulted that evening.
It’s ok at least the patient didn’t say she didn’t want you to care for her because you were foreign born. Some patients are set in their ways my feeling insulted lasts a minute. I still treat them like family, family makes you made but you still love them.
No reason to be insulted…. just one of the quirky things about patients. I guess it’s a good thing for male nurses, you’re considered “as good” as female ones (I kid…). Poor male CNAs get dogged all the time.
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