Hey all ...
New to this forum, but I have to say, it gives me great peace to read some real world stores from some real people. You're all awesome in my book
I'm a male nurse. I work in a very small town hospital ER. Religion is a big part of daily life around here. I was working last night in the ER, when we had 2 pts arrive. One pt was clearly on something, he was agitated thrashing about, punched an attending, and scratched a fellow nurse, even gave me a rough time. I'm 6' 5" pushing 225, I'm also in an amateur kickboxing league, I can handle myself. As a last resort Haldol was given. Yeah, it was like a scene off TV.
Pt #2 followed, facial lacerations, the poor kid was a mess.
Police were not involved because some people had broken up the fight. How this happened without police I have NO idea. According to a witness, PT1 had attacked PT2 for being gay, this was even later admitted by the attacker (PT1)
I asked the attending if I should call the police. The attending said "No, that's ok, it was bound to happen, especially living like that in these parts" Then he said something to the effect of "He just needs to get some God in his life"
It took me a moment to pick my jaw up off the floor, this was an attending I liked and respected, until now. I am gay, but my sexuality does not precede me. I am "out" to VERY few people at work. I just feel that weather I'm gay or not has NO effect on my job, I am here to take care of people, and who cares what I go to bed with at night.
The whole situation just overwhelmed me, very little bother's me, but this is the first time I have cried being a nurse, I know I'm a relatively young nurse and have a ways ahead of me. This upsets me to the point where I don't know what to do? Do I go to administration??? We have an anti-discrimination policy, but it says I must report it to my attending, well my attending is doing the discriminating! To make it worse, his best friend from Med school is Chief of staff. So its not like my complaint would go anywhere other than the trash can, and potentially paint a target on my career.
I love my job, I believe no matter how bad your day is, at the end of it, if you put one smile on a face, then that one face makes your job worth it! But this was a hard day for me, made me think why did I do this again? Then again, I guess we wouldn't be human with out "one of those days" every now and then.
Can I file a complaint somewhere outside the hospital??? It is such a small place, with so many closed minded old farts in admin, this is a total Catch 22 Situation.
Anyone hiring? This reaffirms my point that I need to get out of small-town USA.