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  • Sep 9 '17

    Quote from NotAllWhoWandeRN
    Some careers involve an inherent risk to life and limb, and so asking those people to risk life and limb is not a big change. Nursing is not one of those professions. I can certainly understand the thought that hurricanes are part of life in Florida and SOMEBODY needs to help keep patients safe during disasters, but I don't believe being an RN (or LPN) inherently obligates one to place patients' safety above their own.
    I agree. I didn't sign up to be an RN to martyr myself, and I don't think that I am obligated to put my job above my personal life.

    I guess I was asking it more in an abstract/hypothetical (?) way. As in, there is no perfect solution, so then what SHOULD we/Florida/the community do?

  • Sep 8 '17

    Quote from dstee009
    If you are a HEALTH CARE worker then you know the dangers going in. Do what you want but you are not very good at your job if you want to flee when there could be danger. We are there to help those in need, imo, you are selfish and need not be in health care if your first instinct isnt to stay. get your family out or bring them to the hospital with you. People like OP are in it for the money, plain and simple. If you truly care about what you do as an RN, Dr. etc. then you wouldnt be TRYING to run. you would be trying to stay. I say all this as someone that sent my wife north a few days ago and without hesitation stayed to work through the storm here in Florida. if the medical field in the worst of times isnt for you, then you need to find another career.
    Good for you! Want a cookie? I'm not sure I could reach you on that high high horse though.

    OP knows what she can handle and doesn't need you to say what her limits are, or decide she's "selfish" and "just in it for the money" for prioritizing her family over her patients.

    Nurses are humans, not robots. Some will leave, some will stay and quietly care for their patients, some will loudly proclaim that they stayed and condemn anyone who doesn't. We aren't all going to make the choice you would have made and that does not make anyone a selfish or bad nurse. Ease up on the judgement.

  • May 14 '12

    Lady, you left your mom at a nursing home for five years, and proceeded to go on with your life.

    Don't come charging in like a wild boar when she begins her decline, and start screeching at me every weekend.

    Wave your hands in my face one more time and I will snap them off and stick them neatly where they belong.

  • May 13 '12

    Quote from psu_213
    There was a situation near my community recently of a holiday nativity scene that was set up in front of city hall. A group of atheists protested the set up being on government property. Now I don't quite understand how this nativity scene threatens the beliefs of the atheists (or any other non-Christian group). However, what gives me the authority to say what they should or should not find offensive? Perhaps they were just protesting to make a stink. On the other hand, they might have been protesting because they were deeply offended by this display. It have no right to say what was their true motive for protesting. In the same way, I don't think you have the right to say that it was or was not a big deal for the OP to read a religious passage knowing the attempt to convert her.
    In this country Government and Religion are supposed to be separate. Religious Displays of any type of Government property are problematic. (And I consider myself a Christian, but I'm all for separation of Church and State. I would be offended by a Manger Scene on Government property. I do enjoy my Neighbors scene each year....that is the difference.

  • May 12 '12

    When you start to worry if your patient hasn't urinated in a few hours, but you've gone almost the entire shift without making it to the restroom and you are excited that you have broken your own record!

  • Apr 21 '12

    Why not read it? You don't have to believe it -- just do a decent reading of the words. I am also an atheist and would have no qualms whatsoever in reading a religious text for someone who couldn't read. I believe that as a nurse, it is my duty to provide such a service as long as it doesn't hurt anyone (including me). I don't see what the harm is -- and I see no reason to not to provide this service to the patient.

    It's like being a translater. Translaters don't have to agree with everything they translate. They are supposed to deliver the message as the original speaker/writer gave it -- without changing it or adding their own commentary.

  • Apr 16 '12

    What it comes down to for me is that nurses shouldn't be mixing their religious beliefs with work, especially when it comes to interacting with patients.If the patient initiates it, fine. But, to push your beliefs on a patient is selfish.

  • Apr 15 '12

    In the NICU, when a baby bradys, the first thing we ussually do is "stimulate" them to try to bring their heart rate back up. We ussually pat their butt or rub their feet. Well, I had taken one of my patients out of the isolette to feed. Mean while, my other pateint decides to brady. I ask my podmate if they could, "go smack him for me," to help him out of his brady. I then realize one of the parents was in the pod and heard my poor choice of words.

  • Apr 6 '12

    Quote from FLArn
    Please give any examples where Christians are expected - or actually do - "bend over backwards" for atheists. Because in reality it is the other way around.

    For just one example, Baccalaureate service at graduation is by definition a religious service. It was a beautiful service which has now by and large been done away with due to protests by atheists.

    Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance has been done away with in schools due to protests of atheists. School programs for holidays and even the holidays themselves have been changed or done away with.

    Students in public schools have been reprimanded for praying silently or reading the Bible silently to themselves during "free " periods.
    These are hardly examples of anyone "bending backwards." All of them, save the last, are simply complying with the Constitution of the United States. One religion can't be favored over another in public or federally funded schools.

    Here's an additional fun fact for you: the words "under god" were not even originally in the Pledge of Allegiance. Those words were added during the Red Scare. Who's "bending"??

    You want to see Christians enforce the "bending over backwards" in a big hurry? Just have one Muslim (or any other non-Christian faith) teacher start leading the students, regardless of faith, in Muslim prayer or celebrating Muslim holidays in a public school. You'll see Christians enforcing the Establishment Clause faster than you can say, "Flying Spaghetti Monster."

    Praying or reading the Bible silently or individually during free time is and has always been allowed.

  • Apr 6 '12

    First, I will admit that I have not read all of the posts. I did read a good number of excellent responses from persons who typically provide excellent advice and thoughts.

    I treat atheists they same way that I treat any other patient, with respect relative to their beliefs while honoring their lives.

    That means that this pentecostal nurse has participated in native American ritual, islamic ritual, buddist ritual, etc. Whatever my patient needs on a spiritual level to complete their living and commence with dying, that is what I seek to provide for them. It matters not if it in any way resembles my religion or beliefs.

    There is NO conflict with my faith...I serve my God as I help these dear people nearing the end of their days. They are only aware that I am there to serve them.

    While my personal faith may speak to the requirements for salvation, I believe that we are all shown the TRUTH in our death and that God is merciful - in new ways - everyday.

  • Apr 6 '12

    You comfort atheists they way they want and need to be comforted. It is individual for each dying person while we are using the basic elements of listening and hearing the person.

    We don't treat atheists any differently than we treat any other type of person. It ALL hinges on them, their needs, their lives, etc.

    So...if they need me to leave them alone, I leave them alone. If they need me to hold their hand, I hold their hand. ETC, ETC, ETC. It really can be just that simple.