This is my first time posting a thread. I was just wondering if anyone is or knows of a Jehovah's Witness nurse who works in a critical care unit. Also if you dont mind can you tell me at which hospital? The reason I am asking is that I am also one of Jehovah's Witnesses and I just passed my NCLEX. Yay
I really want to work in the critical care unit, specifically the CCU. However, when I explained to the supervisor of the ICU/CCU about the issue with the blood transfusion, she said she couldnt hire me on to the critical care unit. Yes, this hospital is offering critical care positions to new grads. I was really devastated because i wanted to really work in the CCU.
So I was wondering if it's the same for other hospitals. I explained to the supervisor that I am willing to care for the patient who is receiving the blood transfusion, but that I would need a second nurse(most likely the nurse who would be verifying the blood with me) to spike the blood and press the start button. I do understand why the critical care environment may not want to have a nurse who cannot initiate the blood transfusion. So I was just wondering if I do not have a chance at all in a critical care unit. For now I am orienting in the med-surg floor and I still have lingering feelings for the critical care unit.
Nov 14, '10
by Emergency RN
Congrats on your passing the NCLEX
You have to understand that administering blood or blood products is inherently within the scope of practice for all nurses. Given that the chances of transfusion therapy being almost routine in critical care, if I were that supervisor, I wouldn't have hired you either. It isn't that you're bad or evil, just a liability because you're hobbled by your religious beliefs; you cannot perform on the same level as the other nurses. If she hired you, then what about the next Jehovah's witness nurse that comes along; will she have to schedule the both of you on separate days? You can see where this is headed, right?
I'm sure that there are lots of areas within nursing where you can both honor your religious ethos as well as excel in your practice. But seeking it in an arena with a high likelihood of transfer of body fluids (as an adjunct of routine patient care)
is probably not a wise career choice.
That said, my previous understanding has been that Jehovah Witnesses themselves
can neither consume blood nor accept transfusions of whole blood or its major products. However, I was unaware that they cannot participate in transfusing others.
Last edit by Emergency RN on Nov 14, '10
Any restriction on a nurse's ability to render to care to 100% of the patient population will likely be construed as a negative on his/her hiring potential. This would be true in any economic situation.
Given the current dire nursing statistics (supply > than demand), any such restrictions could be fatal to your application.
Last edit by roser13 on Nov 14, '10