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Cautious Caregivers: Gender Stereotypes and the Sexualizatio
Transcript of Cautious Caregivers: Gender Stereotypes and the Sexualizatio
Joan A. Evans
The Sexualization of men nurses' touch provides insight into how gender stereotypes create discomfort and suspicion on the part of patients. this, in turn, impacts on men nurses' perceptions of their own safety while performing intimate and care giving tasks. This situation ultimately impacts on the ability of men nurses to perform the very work they came into nursing to do.
what are the main traits that give meaning to their lives as nurses?
participants believed, compassion, empathy and honestly are the main traits that give meaning to their lives as nurses.
through this research participants noticed their way of caring is different than the way a female nurse would care toward a pattient.
participants found touch to be the most important expression in their career
participants always had the fear when touching a female patient because the possibility for the patient to say 'he touched me wrong', or rape, or even sexual assault in always there
in order to void the wrong judgment about their behavior they used six strategy:
1) Taking the time to build trust with patient
2) Have a formal relationship with the patient by shaking hand
3) keeping the traditional image of a nurse by wearing white uniform
4) Working with women in situations semed to be unsafe, such as checking a female at night, or a teenage girl
5) in situations that required touching, trade task with women nurse
6) modifying procedural techniques to minimize patient exposure and the need for intimate touching
Peterson et al (1996) found that students are afraid that they will never be able to touch patients or be open with them, because they've learned such behaviors are inappropriate