Race relations and nursing enviroments

  1. I have been told by a rumour that there are racial tensions between the black and white nurses and that the black nurses were forced to leave some hospitals due to the hostile conditions. Is there any truth to this and how are the racial relations in your area in regards to the hospital/healthcare working environment?

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  3. by   Katnip
    I haven't really seen a problem with race where I work. However there is a cultural problem...people from different cultures and countries sometimes run on a more casual time clock than Americans. We do have several employees who consistently clock in 1/2-1 hour late each and every day. Makes for a big problem, but they just don't see it.

    Management has tried to work with these folks, but they keep saying "But in my country we do it this way..."

    Not everyone from these countries are like that. Some adapt better than others.
  4. by   fergus51
    I would second that. We also have a contingent of late arrivers who cause problems (and it seems to be a cultural thing), but I haven't seen any racial issues. I work in a VERY diverse center, so the white nurses are actually in the minority. Never had a problem.
  5. by   Mike RGN
    I live and work in a area where the ethic minorities are certainly the minority.

    To the point that when the phillopino nurses were employed to address staffing problems, one of the biggest concerns was how the town was going to react to such an influx at one time (the was 25 of them).

    I dont know why I was worried they were met with open arms by the local community, featuring in the local papers for weeks.

    The was the occasional hiccup, mostly with language, the adaptation from the English they learnt to the English we speak, the colloquialisms we use, we finished up employing a local teacher to put some rough edges back on, thier english was too good!
  6. by   bizzymum919
    So I suppose that in the UK as I had experienced when I lived there long ago that people are judged by the content of their character rather than the content of melanin.

    Here in VA, nurses do not have very much agro in the work place because a nurse is a nurse. Either you are a good one, or a lazy one and there is such a shortage and the pay is dismal that they accept any and everyone.

    Since I plan to relocate after I finish my RN diploma by 2007, I was hoping that the UK is as tolerant and accepting of people of different races and cultures as I had remembered.

    I plan to move up North to the Yorkshire area (outside the city area) due to the cost of living. I hope they are friendly up there.


  7. by   Silverdragon102
    [QUOTE=bizzymum919]
    I plan to move up North to the Yorkshire area (outside the city area) due to the cost of living. I hope they are friendly up there.

    We are very friendly up here

    In all my yrs in nursing I have never come across any racial problems and like on of the previous posts mentioned re Phillopino nurses they were welcomed with open arms.

    Anna
  8. by   donmurray
    There's only one distinction..Yorkshire and other folk! LOL
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from donmurray
    There's only one distinction..Yorkshire and other folk! LOL


    LOL :chuckle :chuckle
  10. by   MandyInMS
    Can't say I've ever had racial issues with anyone I have ever worked with..whether I like/dislike anyone has nodda to do with skin color.....b&tches come in all races,creeds,and colors
  11. by   Shapeless
    Worked + lived all over my lovely country myself and strangely, the only racist behaviour I ever encountered was when I was in London working with lots of foreign nurses taunting each other

    I loved the diversity myself .
  12. by   Brickman
    Quote from MandyInMS
    Can't say I've ever had racial issues with anyone I have ever worked with..whether I like/dislike anyone has nodda to do with skin color.....b&tches come in all races,creeds,and colors
    Couldn't have said it better.
  13. by   caramel
    Racism is @ work or anywhere for that matter is intolerable. More hospitals in london are stamping out racism.
    Last edit by caramel on Mar 22, '04 : Reason: Legal reasons
  14. by   bizzymum919
    It is nice to know that UK is not living up the the rumour that my cousin told me. I would like to relocate with a peace of mind. London will have more racial tension due to the influx of different cultures and that it is so crowded, but it is a progressive area and more apt to change.

    Most people of colour tend not to venture up north too much due to the cold weather. Now I know that Birmingham has a large Carribean community, but that area is also getting expensive to live since the government is building up the city.

    Everyone is speaking about how the Philipino nurses were welcomed in their area, but are they just as friendly to Black Britons?


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