I am in my first year of nursing school and still am unaware of what the profession might require of me. My husband is uncomfortable with the idea that I might be handling male genitalia. Would that be something difficult to accommodate when I get a job?
Dear Donna replies:
Because of your concerns, especially the fact that you are still unaware of what the profession might require of you, I urge you to talk to one of your nursing instructors whom you respect and trust. This is an important next step.
Caregiving, including the role of any healthcare professional, requires a level of intimacy, both physical and emotional, that is very different from social intimacy. Even if you work in a role that does not involve direct patient care or contact, you will be required to learn and perform the basics of that care which is a foundation in nursing, while you are in school. If you have reservations about what you’re getting into, this is the time to speak to an instructor and make a decision as to whether or not nursing is the right career path for you.