Racist Patients - page 16
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Our floor is culturally diverse. We have employees from all walks of life. We recently had a patient on the floor that said that he only wanted white nurses to take care if him. I'm not sure if our manager obliged, but I think... Read More
- 0Jun 11, '09 by morteQuote from PeachPiei am glad you came back and explained, because, frankly i was a little offended by your original remark....but i only have experience on the East coast and with European "war brides" which i did post.....and when i thought about it, i thought perhaps you might have been having a different experience.....Okay, some of you don't think it's racist to ask if my mom was a war bride. Allow me to explain.
Asian women have a reputation of lapdogs, what with the "Me ruv you rong time," stereotype of loyalty and obedience. I've been horrified to hear men say stuff like, "Wow, your dad's a lucky man. Oriental women really know how to treat their men." Uh, no. My mom ruled the roost. There's the also the bad reputation of women who snuggled up to foreign men to get their meal ticket out of there (I don't discriminiate against them. If I was in a country with limited opportunities, I'd do what I could to get out of there). Again, my mom came her to the states and got her degree in math and computer science. Basically, people (usually older generations) hear about the Asian mother and American dad and assume that she's a little Maltese of a wife rather than a strong, smart woman. It's like those of you who hate the stereotype of nurse handmaidens.
- 0Jun 11, '09 by Miss Kitty00Quote from Shorti2382This happens to me alot too. I catch slack from all races.I work at a hospital in Delaware and our population is very diverse. I actually don't come across too many racist comments, but I also may not catch on to them because I have more importan things on my mind (my patients). I am white and 27, but I guess look fairly young. I do catch slack sometimes because they do not believe I'm a nurse. The other day I received an AA patient and the patient's children were with the patient. When asking them to give us a couple minutes to get the patient settled they responded to me stating ,with a little bit excitation in their voice, "Who are you?! The orderly?!" I stated my name and that I am the nurse etc etc. They actually just stared at me and looking me up and down. It was rather uncomfortable, but I just smiled and returned to the task at hand. And for the record, every single licensed nurse wears the same colored uniforms and we all have these LARGE tags on our badges depicting if we're an RN or LPN (they look like parking permits). It just never fails there will always be a comment made, but what can we do? Also, this same family gave a fellow male nurse who happened to also be an AA a hard time for touching the IV pump. They stated that he should not be touching it. In their minds they did not believe any males would be nurses.
- 0Jun 15, '09 by HippyGreenPeaceChickQuote from dnp2004Now I am very tolerant of and know how to deal with most of everything in regards to racist patients. My way of looking at things is when a nurse I work with is intimidated by a patient or their family. I will trade patients with her to help my coworker out. 5 years in the Marines and I have learned to deal with just about everything. So if I can help a coworker out, then I do. Now that racist or bigoted or ignorant patient may well find out that they have gotten a nurse that can not be intimidated and may well find that out in hurry. That also goes for families that go beyond normal in trying to intimidate nurses and staff for whatever there reason is. I am glad to help my coworkers.You made my point precisely. Healthcare isn't all about trying to please the patient. In administration I did not make it my policy to hire based on gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, etc... It is a free market of course and the patient always has the option to transfer to another facility. Once you allow too much choice staff scheduling can become a nightmare.
Not long ago we had a patients family that was videoing every staff member as they came in to care for their family member. This intimidated most nurses. I realize this was just a power move on their part, and I was not about to feed in to their power.