While I understand the spirit behind the original post, the tile had a slant that is biased against the natural human form.
I am reminded of a quote about surgery- but I'm sorry I don't remember it exactly- it goes something like... "The greatest obstacle to the surgeon is the life of the patient." While this concept may seem shocking and confusing- after all- we are trained to believe that the life of the patient is the thing the surgeon aims to preserve- the gritty fact is- the life of the patient is the thing that makes it hard for the surgeon to do their job. If it wasn't for all that messy business of sustaining life- a surgeon could approach their task much more directly and with many fewer things in their way. If all they had to do was tackle a tumor- without worrying about bloodflow or impaired function- well- that would be as simple as carving a turkey!
Well- the same goes for nursing, your patient is not just a check mark on a "to do list" of blood pressure cuffs and butt wipings... they are a person... and the nature of people is that they have a lot of human baggage that comes in the way of you simply getting the job done. Things like human dignity, feelings of anxiety or pain, pride, denial etc. They have pecular habits that are not accomidated by hospitalization, they are out of their element. They may have a large concerned family that nit-picks your every move... or they may have no family at all- leaving them unsupported and dependant on you to help them emotionally not despair. I am sure that you make an effort as a nurse to make a human connection with your patients- to call them by their name, or to make some small talk to break the ice before jabbing them with a needle... you know that making that effort is not just a nicety- but is an integral part of your job as a nurse. Embracing the humanbeingness of your patients has got to be a major pain and adds tremendously to your job- but if it was not for that- you would not be a nurse, you'd be a butt-wipe technician (and I don't mean that to be an insult- I mean that to show you that I know and respect the true value and work of nurses!!!)
So- what I'm getting at- is, humanbeingness makes things harder for hospital patients. If we could just strip people of all the stuff that makes us unique and valueable people and just make them bodies in beds that the technicians could monitor and medicate- that would make things a lot easier on hospital staff... but we wouldn't dream of wishing that on our human souls- and I doubt that you would find working in such an institution very rewarding.
Just as you must learn to love all the human quirks that make your patients individuals- and not just cases by number, you- and all medical professionals- need to accept the entire male body and all that goes along with caring for it even in old age or illness- just as you unquestioningly accept the issues that go along with female patients. If you catch wind of attitudes that do not respect the whole emboddied patient- you should make an effort to confront and correct them. I hope that there is information available to you and your peers about how best to manage the natural male body in these special circumstances.
There is a blog post here written by a nurse: