I need my fellow nurses experience in this matter.
Would you or would not work in area of Nursing that needed us, but was against what you believed in? For example: I will not work in plastic surg field, that gives this processors for looks. My wife informed me that I was a bad nurse, because I will not go into a field of Nursing that I do not believe in nor want to work in. So, my question is will you work against your ethics in a field that needs you, or do you follow you own set of ethics?
old-master has spoken...
May 6, '02
I think there is a diffrence between refusing to work in an abortion clinic and careing for an post abortion patient who came your floor in the hospital. I am sure you would care for the second with great compasion. As for the first. I believe it would be morally, wrong for you to work in an abortion clinic if you feel that abortion is wrong. AND I am pro choice and have volunteered in an abortion clinic prior to nuring school.
Shakespear put it best "to your own self be true" If you violate that you violate every good you might do by working in an abortion clinic. Never ever go against you moral values when you so clearly have a choice. The choice are not always so clear.
Most employers today support the nurse who has personal, spiritual and or religious values which could be violated by participating in certain procedures and activities. However, I think we have a responsibility not to put our selves in situations where we will frequently be expose to these things.
What about the nurse who believes it is murder to take a patient off a ventilator when they will probably die without it. This nurse needs to find some place to work other than ICU.
You may, though rarely, come across situations where you find yourself careing for an abortion pt. But consiously putting yourself in a situation where that is your day to day job....Well I would have to recomend you be committed to a psyc ward. As you either lost your mind or are just plain dangerous.
Last edit by Agnus on May 6, '02