I am not here to argue with you, Nat. To answer your question, I would not practice nursing in a country that practices female genital mutilation. The fact that circumcision is a religious practice in this country comes under 'respect for another's religious beliefs'.. I may not agree with it, but I must respect it.
Application of topical anesthesia should eliminate discomfort for the infant so I cannot justify refusing to assist and care for a post circ infant since it is a basic nursing function in newborn nursery....
The fact you were irritated by Molly's and my post may suggest you need to look further into your feelings and possibly control issues. Are you in nursing school
with a personal agenda to effect another human being's value judgments? To stand up and protest another's very personal decision? Do you truly wish to help others, even if you don't agree with what is happening in all cases, and can you respect another's choice if it is not your own?
My reasons for asking are not argumentative:
1) You may find nursing to be quite stressful for you if you can't deal with situations you disagree with morally or ethically.
2) You will not be a helping presence if your judgmentalism is displayed to your patients and coworkers.
You need not answer me, Nat, but I do hope you ask yourself .
Good luck to you in any case...I wish you well.