I believe there should be a policy in effect at all nursing homes allowing male staffing to work on all residents. There should be no reason why it is allowable for residents to discriminate against their care providers in that type of setting. If they wanted to be that picky, they should've stayed at home where they/their families can personally inspect and hire the person working on the resident who needs care. I also believe monitoring systems be installed so that hierarchy can closely monitor cares on it's residents. I believe there's a lot that goes on behind closed doors that need paying attention to.
There are male CNAs where I work and they take care of all the residents male and female.
My best friend is the only male cna where I work. A good 99% of our residents love him and don't care if he works with them. There is just one right now that does but she also throws a fit about blacks/hispanics/whatever... if you're not a white female that bends to her every command, she doesn't like you.
The place I work at is a 75-bed,privately owned facility and has low pay because of that. Our aide turn-over rate can get so high that it would be ridiculous to have a policy like that.
Our aide turn-over rate was quite high awhile back until they asked the board for a raise and we got over and above that price. Now we have all kinds of CNA's trying to get a job there. ...which of course has lead them to closely scrutenize the cares being given by any CNA previously employed.
My facility just started doing this raise every 3 months thing for aides but the starting pay is $9.10/hr. I just got a $2 raise so I'm up to $11-12/hr but thats nothing compared to the VA home or the place for the mentally disabled thats only 2 minutes away from our facility. We have no union, so going to the board doesn't really work but my friend and I are changing things.
Hate to say this, but where I work most of the male CNAs....even the ones from the pool...suck. Their work ethic is lazy as all Hell and it drives me nuts. Even if they know what they are doing they just don't seem to care as much as the females.
As for males not being able to work on female patients: I think that should be up to the patient if they want a male to be helping them or not.
I've worked at 2 places and the male CNA's have sometimes out performed the females. As for resident's who don't want males working on them, we have come across that issue few and far between.
it should be the patient's choice. if they prefer a male or a female because it makes them more comfortable, it shouldn't be a big deal.
if the patient is happy with their care, the gender of the caregiver should be of no consequence.
I work with several men at my home. :) they do everything except a couple of people, when it comes down to it its a residents choice if they're not comfortable with male care, then you can't force them to be uncomfortable.
It's not exactly fair but in general we take care of a different generation than ours. Personally I wouldn't care if it was a guy or a girl wipping my butt, but I can understand those who would be modest.
And I def don't think its fair that no males can do cares on females thats rather sexist. In the end its always up to the patient. :)
I have worked at my current facility for a week and I've seen one male cna so far. He doesn't work on my shift but if he did I would be very glad, even for the simple fact that guys are physically stronger than us. They can really help out with the transfers. I wish we had more male CNAs
2008-08-14 01:59 am (UTC)
In Massachusetts, you can work with male or female patients, regardless of your gender. That seems awfully silly that your male cna's can't work with female patients. Bizarre, really. It's healthcare, for crying out loud. Who ever heard of such a thing? Guess Massachusetts is more progressive in this area.
My boyfriend and I are both CNAs. We both went through classes together. He is one of the best workers at our hospital. I think it is silly for a male not to be able to work on all patients. If the hospital finds the person of good enough character to work at the hospital, why would they tell him he can't work on certain patients? I've never even thought of it being a problem for a male to be a CNA... I know it is out of the norm, but to stereotype them is unfair... as women we want fairness and equality in other job situations, and men deserve the same in any nursing profession.
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