Quote from ratlady
I am not a nursing student yet, but I figured current nursing students would have better knowledge.
I am extremely against routine infant circumcision. Would I be forced to sit in on them or participate in them during nursing school? I have no plans in working a place that performs them if and when I complete it. Just wondering. And if they do make you, would they understand if I took no part in it?
I admire your convictions. However....your personal opinions/beliefs belong to you OUTSIDE of the hospital. Patients personal beliefs and in some cases religious beliefs...are your responsibility as a nurse to protect and respect.
I know you are not going to like what I have to say.....
To say that you will NOT work at a facility that performs circumcisions will eliminate many facilities with obstetrical units........... there are still circumcisions that are performed for medical reasons way into adulthood. You will be severely limiting your field of employment in a poor economic time where nursing unemployment in some areas of the country are as high as 47%....and a saturated new grad environment which is EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE with hundreds of applicants for a very few positions available.
You will eliminate yourself from the job market.
what is more important.........As a nurse your personal opinion, in many ways, doesn't count.....it is NOT about you but about the patient. You can't argue or shame a Jewish mother about the circumcision of her son because you personally are not an advocate of that procedure. Your job....is to care fore that mother and baby and educate them about the proper care of the baby after discharge...which has NOTING what so ever to do with your personal beliefs.