I got a job!At an abortion clinic? - page 5

Hello, My friends that are nurses and other people have been giving me grief about taking a job at an abortion clinic. Is it really that bad. I have a "things happen" attitude about abortions, but... Read More

  1. by   MA Nurse
    Quote from sistermike
    To the OP:

    I apologize that so many members on this board are using their own beliefs to give you advice on your current situation. Figure out if this is a position you want to accept or not. It is up to YOU, and no one else. If we all dicated our choices in life (both professional and non-professional) by convictions and values not of our own, then we would live in a very scary place.

    I commend you for standing up for what you believe in, and good luck to whatever you choose!

    To those who insisted on telling the OP that this is a bad idea because YOU feel abortion is wrong... I say shame on you! As a medical professional, it is not our place to impose our own belief system. I would hope that if a patient came to you asking about whether or not to abort her baby, you would not spout of your ideas on abortion; but instead give objective information rather than your own subjective feelings. The same should be true when someone is seeking help on these nursing boards.
    And please don't apologize for me
  2. by   DeLana_RN
    I've thought about working in a women's health clinic (usually, they don't just do abortions) before. Partially because if such a service had been available in 1948, my grandmother wouldn't have died at age 35...

    Yes, I feel very strongly pro-choice, and commend those who are willing to help women exercise that right, directly or indirectly. I'm not considering such a job at this time, though, because I have young children and am worried about the safety factor.

    My only other concern (besides safety) would be that the OP is a new grad and might do better getting some general hospital nursing experience first; but that's the same advice I give any new grad who wants to specialize right out of school.

    Wishing you the best,

    DeLana
    Last edit by DeLana_RN on Nov 1, '07
  3. by   bleppity
    Rrandle02,

    I think it will take a lot of guts to work in an abortion clinic. I would be careful telling people where you work. Not that I think you should be ashamed (not at all), but there are some crazies in the world that could harm you for what you do. I don't think I'd advertise where I work.

    Other than safety, my other concern would be how working in an abortion clinic could affect any future jobs you may decide to pursue. I'm not sure that all hospitals or clinics would be receptive to hiring someone who worked there, particularly the religious-based hospitals. I don't think anyone has addressed this possibility.

    Take a tour, talk to people who work there, do some research, and make your decision for yourself.
  4. by   DeLana_RN
    Quote from Kimbalou
    And please don't apologize for me
    No one did.

    DeLana
  5. by   canoehead
    I think the ethical issue is yours to decide, and by working in the environment you are in a wonderful place to get information and clarify how you feel. It's all your decision. It's OK to be undecided, and it's OK to decide and then change your mind. You'll see people in a variety of situations, probably feel good about some and horrified by others. Try it, and switch jobs if it doesn't work out.

    The not OK part I see is the safety issue, and the possibility that you'll be exposed to people that will judge you either way. I think you should make a point to expose yourself to both sides of an issue, but do it safely. Don't advertise where you work. Read some of the pro-life literature so you know where they are coming from and do what you want to.
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    Think you received variety of responses and issues/concerns to thik about.

    Only YOU can decide if this is the right position. If not already done, shadow a RN at the clinic to see exactly what the job entails. YOu might be suprised at the scope of services they provide.

    Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania :
    Services:http://www.ppsp.org/medical.asp
    Only 2 out of 11 centers provide surgical treatment in SE PA.


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