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Modestwoman
10-01-2010, 03:44 PM
It seems like people think that men are strange when they desire modesty and don't want female nurses to do intimate procedures on them. There is some good information on Male Patient Modesty at Male Patient Modesty (http://www.patientmodesty.org/malemodesty.aspx).

If you do a Google search on "male patient modesty", you will find a lot of links that talk about male patient modesty. Two doctors, Dr. Joel Sherman and Dr. Maurice Bernstein have started blogs about male patient modesty. So many men are upset about how they were treated by female nurses.

I am sure that there are a lot of wonderful female nurses out there who don't act ugly and respect male patients' wishes when they say that they want only a male nurse to do certain procedures on them.

With some complaints from men, I think that nurses need more training on patient modesty. Did any of you nurses get training about patient modesty? For those who are female nurses, how do you respond when a male patient tells you that he doesn't want you to see certain parts of his body and/or that he wants a male nurse to do certain procedures on him?

I know I would never want a male doctor or nurse to do certain procedures on me at all.

Mary Allen
05-06-2012, 07:44 PM
I think modesty works both ways. Male nurses experience the same thing with female patients.

pronurse45
01-10-2013, 09:19 AM
So many men are upset about how they were treated by female nurses.

. Did any of you nurses get training about patient modesty? For those who are female nurses, how do you respond when a male patient tells you that he doesn't want you to see certain parts of his body and/or that he wants a male nurse to do certain procedures on him?


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Really?but they should not stereotype all female nurses at that..I haven't had any training for male patient modesty or patient modesty in general, however, my morals and values would already tell me what to do in such situations... I will grant my patient's wishes, since we nurses need to be our patient's advocate!!If he's not comfortable with me, I don't think I will be either

Xeus
03-13-2014, 01:15 PM
Many people wrongly assume that men really don't care about their modesty, but that is not true in many cases. Many men would not be comfortable with strange women watching them using urinals and they don’t feel differently about female nurses seeing them naked. Many men in public restrooms can see each other using urinals, but that doesn't mean they are comfortable with women watching them. Many men are upset about how the medical community assumes that modesty is not that important to them. Some men who desire modesty in medical settings are mocked. There are actually many men who value their modesty highly. Some are afraid to speak up. Many hospitals don't have enough male nurses or technicians available to do intimate procedures such as urinary catheterizations and scrotal ultrasound on men. It is hard for men to get their wishes respected for an all male surgical team for intimate male surgeries such as vasectomy, prostatectomy, hernia repair, etc. Women are more likely to get their wishes for an all female surgical team for OB/GYN because there are hardly any male nurses who work in OB/GYN.

vicky25
06-10-2014, 03:19 AM
In my personal opinion Nursing job requires a modest person, someone who is patient and does not lose his temper. Being modest to a patient be it male or female is an essential part of nurse's job.

jasaka
02-03-2015, 03:28 PM
I know with working in Male areas there are a lot of men who only want male nurses to perform some procedures. I don't see it as a problem.

Raffie
04-12-2016, 03:28 PM
Male patient modesty recently took a big hit when the NY Onondaga County District Attorney's Office sentenced a nurse to community service & loss of license in a plea deal instead of convicting her of a felony & sending her to prison whereby sending a message that this type of behavior will no longer be tolerated in our industry.

This after they had irrefutable evidence in their hands that a felony had been committed.

They should have sent a message that patients should feel safe when they come to our hospitals.

A few bad eggs make us all look bad.

Regards,
Raffie