I assume that you are an ob/gyn nurse. I'd really love to talk to you about some modesty concerns that have been expressed about the ob/gyn field. Women are often able to get their wishes for all female team in ob/gyn when they wish. I know it's very rare for male nurses to work in ob/gyn. There are some modesty concerns women have expressed about childbirth that I'd like to discuss. Even if you have an all female ob/gyn team, there are some modesty concerns I'd like to address.
People have a variety of reasons for wanting extreme modesty. You are right that some people have been sexually abused and that's one of the reasons. I have never been sexually abused at all. To be honest with you, I have been trying to research more about sexual abuse victims and modesty in medical settings because I desire to help those people too. For me, I want my future husband to be the only man who can see and access certain parts of my body. I'm very modest. I will share more of my story in the introduction I made a little later. I feel that medical professionals should work to respect wishes of patients regarding modesty regardless of reasons.
Here are some reasons why some people only want same gender care when it comes to intimate things:
1.) Some husbands and wives don't feel comfortable with exposing their private parts to anyone of the opposite sex including medical professionals. They feel it is very special for the husband to be the only man who can access and touch certain parts of his wife and for the wife to be the only woman to access and touch certain parts of his husband. They love that special bond.
2.) There are some single people who have very, very high standards for purity and don't wish for their private parts to be exposed to the opposite sex even in medical settings. Sometimes, a single person wishes for their future spouse to be the only person of the opposite sex to see and access certain parts of their body.
3.) Religious reasons as you mentioned.
4.) There are some sexual abuse victims who get very upset about intimate procedures and being naked because it brings painful memories. Even some female sexual abuse victims are upset about being handled by females. I am trying to do more research on this.
5.) Some People are simply not comfortable being naked in front of the opposite sex because they are extremely modest.
I don't know the nursing student who emailed me personally. She found my web site (patientmodesty.org). I was very surprised to get an email from her. I really would love to work to help nursing schools and nursing supervisiors to excuse nursing students or nurses who have strong convictions from doing intimate procedures on the opposite sex. I don't think that they should be fired or not allowed to get through nursing school. What if a lady has very strong passion in working as a cardiac nurse, but at the same time she feels convicted that she should not do any intimate procedures on male patients such as giving bath or inserting foley. I think that nurse should be able to get the job and allowed to stick to her convictions. The truth is every hospital floor has a good number of nurses. It is not like she would be the only nurse. There are many other nurses on that floor who can do the intimate procedures.
One of my Christian friends decided to go and interview for a job at a very popular inn where a lot of people go to for elegant dining about 12 years ago or so. He was around 19 or 20. The popular inn/restaurant served alcoholic beverages. He was very excited about potentially working there, but then realized that he might have to serve alcohol. He had strong convictions about alcohol. It was very difficult, but he went to the man who interviewed him and told him that he was afraid that he had wasted his time because he could not serve alcohol. You won't believe this, but the boss decided to hire him and told him that he didn't have to serve alcohol and that others would serve alcohol. His coworkers tried to get him to serve alcohol, but he would not. He worked there for a number of years. It worked out very well. He was the only one who didn't serve alcoholic beverages. This shows that it is possible for a person to successfully get a job without compromising his/her convictions.