Pro Life Beliefs and Nursing - page 6

After spending weeks at a hospital while my dad was there I decided I wanted to pursue nursing as my future career after the great care they provided and I wish to do the same to others. I have... Read More

  1. by   scnurse83
    Quote from klone
    I'm pro-abortion. Don't work in OB or women's health or public health. You'll probably be fine.
    I agree. I prefer the term Pro-Choice, not Pro-Abortion. I feel it gives more empowerment to the female who actually makes such a difficult life-changing decision/choice. Both decisions are very brave. And they are typically always done in isolation and with very little moral support. It is a personal decision. It is not anybody's job to judge, whether you are actually directly involved in performing the abortion or whether you are just a passerby.

    I am not an RN yet, I am just going back to school. My background is in Psychology (Behavioral Therapy) and then later Special Needs (ABA).

    If that was something that even crossed my mind I would never consider it for a second or let it jeopardize my patient care. Nursing is a profession. Being pro/con anything, other than a professional and a patient advocate, is not any persons' place.

    example: If you don't believe in euthanasia you probably shouldn't work in a critical care unit, in a state that it is legal. Stay away from that area of nursing and I'm sure you'll do fine.
  2. by   klone
    Quote from scnurse83
    I agree. I prefer the term Pro-Choice, not Pro-Abortion. I feel it gives more empowerment to the female who actually makes such a difficult life-changing decision/choice. .
    Pro-Choice and Pro-abortion are not the same thing.
  3. by   WestCoastSunRN
    I'll just add that this issue actually can come up in areas you might not expect it. Like ICU. I've only encountered it once, but I must admit it was a soul-rattling experience. Won't go into details other than to say what I witnessed from OB medicine providers frankly shocked me (not much does). I'm pro-life but I'm pretty sure my pro-choice friends would have been raising their eyebrows as well.

    All that said, as the bedside ICU nurse I had two patients in the bed (most on the medical team acknowledged this also).
  4. by   WestCoastSunRN
    Quote from scnurse83

    example: If you don't believe in euthanasia you probably shouldn't work in a critical care unit, in a state that it is legal. Stay away from that area of nursing and I'm sure you'll do fine.
    This actually made me laugh out loud. Not likely you'll see euthanasia in a critical care unit (no matter the state).
  5. by   klone
    Quote from WestCoastSunRN
    This actually made me laugh out loud. Not likely you'll see euthanasia in a critical care unit (no matter the state).
    Right. It would be in hospice, and most likely in the home.
  6. by   Leader25
    Been around late term TOP, tough to deal with but caring for the patient overshadows any beliefs I might have,felt sorry for what they endure.I have many beliefs and I just check em at the door because I am there to do my best for the patient not myself.
  7. by   boquiabierta
    Quote from klone
    Pro-Choice and Pro-abortion are not the same thing.
    Based on your other comments I would wager that I will agree with you but can you elaborate on what you mean exactly?

    I strongly dislike the term pro-choice personally, though I will use it casually because people understand it; it's too consumerist and doesn't acknowledge the reality of the spectrum of reproductive health decisions people have to make throughout their life cycle. If a woman "chooses" abortion because she is too financially strapped to have a child though she would otherwise want to, is that really a free choice we should celebrate? I prefer the term "reproductive justice" which acknowledges the intersectionality of identity and places abortion rights within the realm of many countless reproductive rights we deserve and should work towards.

    And I don't have a problem calling myself pro-abortion because I am absolutely 100% in favor of abortion as a necessary reproductive health reality but I do tend to stay away from saying that in casual conversation because I'm a wimp.

    (For the record, again, I am an abortion care nurse and I love what I do.)
  8. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from klone
    Pro-Choice and Pro-abortion are not the same thing.
    Yes, while I may call myself "pro-choice" I would not refer to myself as "pro-abortion." Although, honestly, my stance is more "pro-MYOB" in matters of reproductive health.
  9. by   klone
    I will preface this by saying my laptop keyboard is all jacked up and none of the symbols and punctuation marks are where they{re supposed to be.

    I used to be Pro-Choice. Then I started working in an OB'Gyn clinic in inner city Denver for a safety net hospital that saw mostly uninsured and Medicaid patients. And I realized thatÑ

    1= A lot of women are in a really really ****** situation, either because of poverty or abuse or drug addiction or serious chronic health issues
    2= A lot of women get pregnant and really don{t want to be, or can{t afford to be, or a pregnancy is really a bad idea with their health issues
    3= A lot of women WANT to get an abortion, but either can{t afford it, or it{s so socially stigmatized and they feel shame at the idea, or their family is totally opposed and would disown-shame-beat them if they got an abortion
    4= Abortion is SO MUCH BETTER, both from an economic perspective, as well as from a woman{s health perspective, than going through pregnancy and childbirth and having another child on the welfare system-in an abusive situation-holding a woman down so she can{t improve her situation

    Once I experienced these realities, I realized that I wished abortion was more socially acceptable to talk about and choose, and I wish more women felt safe and supported to choose it, and I wished that all insurance providers, including Medicaid, would pay for it.

    So that{s why I call myself Pro'abortion, rather than Pro'Choice.
  10. by   RNrhythm
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    I've had a few in med/surg. Sometimes there's retained tissue after an initial elective abortion and they're admitted for D&C.
    This is exactly the only time I have even come close to this issue.
  11. by   Elaine M
    I don't think you've ever worked OB if you think it's unlikely that you'll encounter someone who's had an abortion in an OB unit....( Responding to the first comment)
    Last edit by Elaine M on May 16 : Reason: Additional info to clarify remark
  12. by   Tenebrae
    I recall when I was a student an experience on the paediatric wing. There was a baby whose mother was sentenced on home detention, and as such baby was in again on what the nurses termed 'a social admission'

    I recall this wee bub undergoing a painful procedure which would have made most kids that age cry. This wee mite just lay there and looked at me. I was like "what the hell happened to you that you have obviously learned from a young age that there is no point crying".

    The fiercely protective part of me just wanted to have a go at the mum and ask her what had happened to her child. The nurse in training realised that if i was to have a go at her, all that would happen was that the mothers walls would go up (i'd probably get booted out of the nursing program) and we would loose any hope of creating a therapeutic relationship with the mum and ensuring best possible health outcomes for baby

    My point?

    Stuff happens in nursing. We will meet people every single day who have done things we dont agree with, who think things we dont agree with and thats ok. We have an obligation to provide the best possible nursing care and keep our judgements out of it. Its about the patient after all not us.

    Choose the area you want to work in, if there is a likelyhood you will have to participate in procedures you are morally opposed to. Pick another specialty
  13. by   birdluver
    I am as pro-life as they come, and it has never been an issue for me...Is there some scenario you are worried about? I just don't foresee it being an issue at all. I am always careful about getting into controversial topics at work that might create problems. I think as long as you are respectful of others then your beliefs will not cause you any trouble!

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