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I work as a respiratory therapist, usually in an ER or ICU setting. Am also a male, and I do come across some of the issues you’ve stated above about being male.

My question is how do you deal with patients that TRY to make it personal? I’m talking about the old lady who is obviously sick and cranky, and is taking it out on you by berating you and insulting your skills as a nurse. I recently had an encounter like this, and was on hour 10 of a 12 hour shift. It took everything I had to maintain my composure, but ultimately just gave her her breathing treatment and left without escalating. I’d imagine it would be harder to just walk away being her nurse.