Originally posted by Mijourney:
I inquired about the following topic in the general forum. An article was published in this month's AJN about an Emory University study which recorded that black patients with trauma dx have been receiving substandard care in the ERs. Would like to see the opinions of ER nurses and other staff regarding this. Thanks.
Coming from AJN (which is actually an acronym for something not very flattering to nurses
), I am not surprised. It is stuff like this that made me drop my subscription to AJN - the Nursing arm of the Democratic party.
person comes into my ER, that person is treated very well and with the utmost in courtesy and respect; this is regardless of skin color, etc.
On the other hand, if a person of any color comes in and cops an attitude, I will not be the one to advocate 'hugs for everybody' and/or take extra time to deal with that person. For AJN to promote this alleged racism indicates their ability to promote the class-envy which is pushed by their party every day in the media. AJN could (just as easily) come up with something about poorer/slower care rendered to those of "lower socio-economic status", or myriad other subcategories.
I have never seen, in any hospital or unit, any evidence of racially-motivated delays in care, nor of any substandard care based on racial category.
I have seen occasions when a member of a certain minority was standing in my ER yelling about having to wait for his sore toe to be looked at because he is ______ (fill in the type of minority). Even those people receive excellent care, but I do not move them ahead of the Cardiac Emergency patients.
I do not care what color a patient is. I do not even notice unless that person calls it to my attention.
[This message has been edited by Jerry Falletta (edited October 01, 2000).]