It's been awhile... How about another ethics question? - page 2

by dawngloves

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Oooo... I'm openin' a can of worms! 26 yo G8 P6(none of which live with her), Hx of DA, ETOH,yada yada..... comes to ER with cramping after a night of doing crack and drinking. Delivers her 23? weeker there which the... Read More


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    Originally posted by dawngloves

    I remember in CA the big uproar because a group was offering free tubal ligations and paying you cash! "People" felt it was wrong.

    Then why do alot of people think its ok to give teenagers free condomes? I don't see offering tubal ligation any different.

    There should be some kind of a law that a drug addict has to be on some sort of birth control,untill they complete a drug rehab program and stay clean for so many years.And if they don't and get preagnate,then they should be required to have a tubal after they misscarry or give birth. I know this is easier said than done,but I too have seen to many babies being brought to the NNICU ,because of the stupid choices their mother made.


    I'm all for the right to life ,and do belive life is precious and a gift from God,but where do we draw the line?This baby has no voice and cannot make the desion to say "Hey just leave me alone and let me die in peace."

    I'm just shocked that residents would do this,and not just give the baby comfort measures untill he/she died. "Hey this is a human life we are talking about here,not some ginuie pig{sp?}to experiment on"!

    After reading this post I'm not to sure I want to be a NNIC nurse.I've always dreamed of working with sick babies ,but the more I see stories about this kind of thing happening,the more it makes me sick.I'm not sure if I could handle seeing this sort of thing happen day after day.
    Last edit by Caitlin's Mommy on Jun 12, '03
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    >>After reading this post I'm not to sure I want to be a NNIC nurse.I've always dreamed of working with sick babies ,but the more I see stories about this kind of thing happening,the more it makes me sick.I'm not sure if I could handle seeing this sort of thing happen day after day<<

    There's a very fine line between birth and death in the NICU, and it is one of the grayest areas of medicine. In my experience, more of the ultra-heroics and "no fetus'll beat us" took place in larger teaching hospitals. When I worked in a smaller unit, there were less micronates, less drug babies, and the docs were more aware of when to stop and to allow nature to take its course.

    If you're planning to work in a large urban public facility, you're going to see a lot of heartbreaking cases, like the one described. It can get hard. In one unit I worked at, we kept oral morphine and AZT as stock drugs, if that gives you an idea of the clientale passing through.

    My advice would be not to give up your dream of working in the NICU, but maybe try out a level II unit first. The babies won't be as small or as sick, so it may be easier to deal with.
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    That sounds sick. Granted I am new to the area, but I can't imagine looking after such a baby


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