Our class was discussing conscientious objection and one question asks whether it is permissible to conscientiously object to providing care for someone who deliberately and indiscriminately killed innocent people. The example given was Martin Bryant at Port Arthur.
You can read about his crimes at: http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial/bryant/
We had a heated debate about this topic and i would just like everybody's opinion on what they would do if they were faced with such a dilemma.
Will we still be able to provide equal care to a patient who we know has killed numerous people? Would the bias and prejudice involved cause us to fail our duty of care? And also, will fear of the person lead us to object in caring for this person?
Indeed, although teh example of Martin Bryant is an extreme example. It is nevertheless important to consider that we may be face with a dilemma such as this one day.
What would you do?
Aug 22, '04
by Tweety, BSN
I've taken care of a couple of murderers. One was shot by cops after killing two beloved teachers, the other had a fractured femur from a car chase accident in which he killed an innocent driver. They were shackled to the bed. I just detached from all of that and took care of the physical being there and what their physical needs were, same I would any other patient. But it was weird. I left my feelings out of it. My job was to get them well quickly so they could spent the rest of their lives in jail.
Last edit by Tweety on Aug 22, '04