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 that its never ok, also I personally just wouldn't think about this when I'm in pain or in need. Its crazy. Also I have been noticing that certain patients make comments to try and relate to me or assume that I know certain things because I'm AA. A patient said to me today,"My lipgloss be poppin.." singing a song that he thought he was relating to me by singing. Or a patient said to me " Do you eat collards and fried chicken".
Little comments like that. I correct them and brush it off. I have too many other problems in my day to worry about this. Also, I should say that I reside in Ga. Is it just me?
Im sorry to hear this. Without starting a war here, part of the issue is that until there are more minorities in the field, things like this will happen. Other part is that some patients are just ignorent no matter what. Whether they were raised that way or not, some just will not learn or accept difference. Correcting them is the right thing. Im glad you can brush it off, sometimes I find it hard to do this.
Im puertorican. Despite wearing the nursing uniform and only the colors that LPNs and RNs can wear. I often get asked If Im the housekeeper (by staff that KNOW what the uniform colors are) or where can they find cleaning supplies.
ETA: Nothing wrong with being a housekeeper. Just being asked this repeatedly based on my ethnicity gets ******* annoying.
Last edit by Crux1024 on May 28, '09
i had a black patient recently that didn't want any of "you white ***** takin' care of my black ***!" and another that wanted only fillipino nurses as "they have such gentle ways about them." really, you'd think people sick enough to be in the hospital would have better things to worry about than the race, gender and sexual orientation of their nurses!
Last edit by Ruby Vee on May 30, '09