Jehovah Witness RNs - page 9

Ok, here I am waving my big "look at me" flag, hopefully not painting a giant target on myself..... :uhoh21: Im looking for any RNs who are Jehovah's Witnesses. I am one (yes, active), and I have... Read More

  1. Visit  hawkfdc profile page
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    I am the Golem of Brooklyn.*
    ROTFLMAO!!!

    Just as JW's are free to practice their cult, the rest of us are free to criticize. I was also raised a JW but when my parents divorced, was able to get the hell out of there.

    For some of you coming down so hard on those who are speaking out against this "religion", and I use the term loosely, you need to understand the long term impacts of what this religion does to your family as well as your soul-it is horrible.

    As far as JW's as nurses and their responsibilities, as long as their practice is safe and sound, I don't particularly care. I'm going to wish them Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas like I would anyone else.
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  2. Visit  gerlalu profile page
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    thank you for your reply, but i hope you would not call the religious organization a cult, i understand your stand, but please, next time, feel free to criticize but still to the extent where we can still feel some respect from you, good day...
  3. Visit  SharonH, RN profile page
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    Quote from hawkfdc
    ROTFLMAO!!!

    Just as JW's are free to practice their cult, the rest of us are free to criticize.

    That is exactly right. However, this is a nursing board and the topic should be the practice of nursing as it intersects with the religion. This is not the place to air your personal issues and bitterness as it disrespects your fellow nurses and others who post here. I am sure there are other places you can go for that. Thanks for understanding........
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  4. Visit  reesern63 profile page
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    Quote from gerlalu
    can a JW nurse or doctor answer these questions? im still a student and a JW myself,my classmates frequently ask me these, i always try to give an answer but sometimes its not that satisfying, about the questions posted here, when a JW nurse was asked if she would hang blood if ordered by a physician, i answer the same thing, ask another nurse to do it, but about the doctor thing, i don't know the answer to that. would be good if a doctor would provide one
    I would suggest you direct your questions to www.noblood.org. You will find more appropriate information there suited to your questions.
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  5. Visit  reesern63 profile page
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    Quote from SharonH, RN
    That is exactly right. However, this is a nursing board and the topic should be the practice of nursing as it intersects with the religion. This is not the place to air your personal issues and bitterness as it disrespects your fellow nurses and others who post here. I am sure there are other places you can go for that. Thanks for understanding........
    Thank you, Sharon. I'm starting to feel a bit beat up on here.
  6. Visit  mesixfuture profile page
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    I work in a Women's and Children's unit that consists of L&D, Newborn nursery, pediatrics and postpartum. I work in all of the above areas, so I tend to take care of a lot of the babies on the peds end a few days, weeks or months after I take care of the mothers in L&D or postpartum. Such was the case with a JW mother I cared for, who was very adamant and open about her religion. She "witnessed" to me on several occasions in the two days I cared for her. She also refused RhoGam as it is a blood product, even though we openly discussed the threat to her next pregnancy should she refuse it. 9 days later, I came in to see her standing on the peds end crying next to an empty carseat. Then I saw the transport team, and I new something horrible had occured. Her 9 day old baby was dying of DIC, but she refused to allow us to give the baby blood. That poor little baby was bleeding out from every orifice of it's body. It was awful. I understand raising your child in your faith. I will do the same to my children. But that baby was 9 days old and there was no gaurantee of what religion that child would choose to be. But that baby never had a chance to make that choice. We shipped the baby to a higher acuity facility and they got a court order to give her blood, but she died before they could. It's hard to comfort those mothers and not to be judgemental. I think that experience will haunt me for the rest of my life.
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  7. Visit  woody62 profile page
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    Quote from peds-n-obgirl
    I work in a Women's and Children's unit that consists of L&D, Newborn nursery, pediatrics and postpartum. I work in all of the above areas, so I tend to take care of a lot of the babies on the peds end a few days, weeks or months after I take care of the mothers in L&D or postpartum. Such was the case with a JW mother I cared for, who was very adamant and open about her religion. She "witnessed" to me on several occasions in the two days I cared for her. She also refused RhoGam as it is a blood product, even though we openly discussed the threat to her next pregnancy should she refuse it. 9 days later, I came in to see her standing on the peds end crying next to an empty carseat. Then I saw the transport team, and I new something horrible had occured. Her 9 day old baby was dying of DIC, but she refused to allow us to give the baby blood. That poor little baby was bleeding out from every orifice of it's body. It was awful. I understand raising your child in your faith. I will do the same to my children. But that baby was 9 days old and there was no gaurantee of what religion that child would choose to be. But that baby never had a chance to make that choice. We shipped the baby to a higher acuity facility and they got a court order to give her blood, but she died before they could. It's hard to comfort those mothers and not to be judgemental. I think that experience will haunt me for the rest of my life.
    I can understand and accept the mother's religious beliefs. What I have a problem with is the nine days your hospital waited and did nothing. I once had to file, in Kings County, New York for a Guardian Ad Litum to be appointed to a newborn whose parents were practicing JW. We acted the same day that it was determine the baby needed a transfusion. The court acted within twenty-four hours, appointing a Guardian. He signed for the transfusion. And remaind in his position until the baby was discharged from our facility. Court systems realize the life and death situation and do not delay acting. Sorry but your hospital was at fault.

    Woody
  8. Visit  mesixfuture profile page
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    No, my hospital was not at fault. The mother brought the child back in that night, nine days later. We didn't wait 9 days to do anything. The child was released with no symptoms two days after birth. It was actually one week later that the mother brought the child in. Sorry if I didn't make that clear in the first post.
  9. Visit  reesern63 profile page
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    Quote from peds-n-obgirl
    No, my hospital was not at fault. The mother brought the child back in that night, nine days later. We didn't wait 9 days to do anything. The child was released with no symptoms two days after birth. It was actually one week later that the mother brought the child in. Sorry if I didn't make that clear in the first post.
    This has nothing to do with the OP.
  10. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    We as nurses must remember that there are many religions around the world and should respect each religion. Can we remember when posting on here not to flame others because of their beliefs, this is a good time to learn how others feel on their religions which in turn can be used when nursing patients.
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  11. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    I second Dragon's post. Please keep it respectful here. This thread was not started to beat up on JW or any other religion. It was begun on a premise of gaining understanding. Keep that in mind before you hit the "post reply" button on your screen or just refrain from this thread, if need be. Thank you.
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    www.religioustolerance.org

    for insightful information you may enjoy.
  13. Visit  woody62 profile page
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    Quote from peds-n-obgirl
    No, my hospital was not at fault. The mother brought the child back in that night, nine days later. We didn't wait 9 days to do anything. The child was released with no symptoms two days after birth. It was actually one week later that the mother brought the child in. Sorry if I didn't make that clear in the first post.
    You didn't make that clear. But when I was in hospital administration I took call once a week. I had to be available during the sixteen hours of call. Such a situation would have been brought to my attention immediately. And I would have taken action immediately, including involving the court. Regardless of how small or how large your county is, there is always a Judge on call for such situations. Unless the baby appeared at your door and arrested, there was time to take action. I am second guessing but it is a situation that comes up in hospitals. And there are steps that can be taken immediately.

    Woody

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