Catholic hospitals-yes or no? - page 5

what would working in a catholic hospital be like? is there any reason to be concerned about the atmosphere in one? i have a job offer and have heard some negative things about catholic... Read More

  1. by   EDValerieRN
    Quote from irish_std/n
    Ash Wednesday, one of the important holy days in the catholic calendar...not something to laugh at....
    I'm sorry I don't know the intricacies of your religion. Being that I am not a Catholic, and do not plan on becoming a Catholic, I didn't realize a Catholic would be offended by my comment. My friends at work (many of whom are Catholic) thought it was quite funny as well.

    I was only laughing at myself.... for me it was kind of odd, people walking around with ashes on their face and not wiping it off. I'm Church-of-Christ, so we don't do all that ritualistic stuff.
  2. by   twotrees2
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    I work in a Catholic hospital. It's a great place to work. The 'Sisters' seem to me to place how they treat their employees as one of their 'missions'.

    Now, I HAVE had co-workers complain that the insurance won't cover BC, and I suspect that is both true, and their right to respect their religious beliefs.

    But, if you ask me, popping a few bucks a month for your own BC is WORTH decent pay (one of the highest cola adjusted salaries in the nation), defined benefit AND contribution plans, educational reimbursement, and ratios on par with the California law - here in Texas.

    And there ARE crosses and Bibles in the rooms. But now, that doesn't bother ME. I'm not Catholic, but as far as I can tell, their Christian mission does not compromise my very own in any signficant way.

    You don't have to be Catholic, or even Christian, to work in a Catholic hospital and respect your contribution.

    And there IS a different focus working for a not for profit over a for profit. I've worked both. The difference: the chief 'Shareholder' of a not for profit doesn't balance the books in this lifetime.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    a different view - my insurance covered a tubal but the hospital refused to do it causing me to have to drive an almost extra hour to get it done. was not happy that they did that just because they are a catholic hospital and dont believe in it - it was for very good reason ( another pregnancy would probably kill me - nearly lost both last babies and nearly lost me on last one - next one am told i would probably have done even worse or died )
  3. by   fetch33
    Quote from bagladyrn
    I'm going to throw a different view in here. I had a difficult experience while on a contract at a Catholic hospital working in OB. I am going to have to be somewhat vague as I don't want to skirt the edge of a privacy violation. I watched a woman in a situation where the only possible way to treat her life threatening problem was termination of a not yet viable pregnancy. She was much too unstable to transfer to another town for alternate care. Because the Catholic facility required two physicians to sign for this and multiple others refused to do so, this woman's condition became worse and worse while administrators and ethics commitees were called in to debate it.
    This raised such ethical issues for me that I have decided that I will not again work in a religiously affiliated facility that espouses such views.
    I have worked for Catholic hospitals nearly my entire career. The only post-abortion patient that I have ever taken care of was in a Catholic hospital. There wasn't any problem with her getting a theraputic abortion there. And with regards to pay, I have worked for the same Catholic institution for nearly 20 years. Maybe I am the exception, but I make darn good money.
  4. by   brittanyrenee243
    I work in a Catholic Hospital..nothing is different than working at any other hospital except for the evening prayers and the OB unit. Being a catholic hospital in a largely catholic area we were unable to do any sterilizations etc.. but our hospital has an outside source that comes in to perform any of these procedures and they are not affiliated with my hospital...its like contracting a job out for hire...and no one seems to mind.
  5. by   twotrees2
    Quote from brittanyrenee243
    I work in a Catholic Hospital..nothing is different than working at any other hospital except for the evening prayers and the OB unit. Being a catholic hospital in a largely catholic area we were unable to do any sterilizations etc.. but our hospital has an outside source that comes in to perform any of these procedures and they are not affiliated with my hospital...its like contracting a job out for hire...and no one seems to mind.

    wish your hopital wsa here - would have saved me a lot of time, anxiety and an xtra long painful ride ( had another surgery with tubal so i was in hurting shappe) would not allow doc ( who is not from their hopital but affiliated with many hospitals ) do it.
  6. by   ortess1971
    Quote from hogan4736
    seems to me she wasn't laughing at anyone but herself...

    relax

    the church takes itself WAAAY to seriously at times
    Yup, they surely do..I was raised a Catholic and worked for 2 years at a Catholic hospital. There was a fair amount of hypocrisy at this place-the environment was toxic, people treated each other like garbage, and tons of married people sleeping around. Then Ash Wednesday would come and they'd all be prancing around with ashes on their heads, proclaiming what good Catholics they were. Corrupt too and money was the god there. I always said if I were raped don't ever take me there because no way in hell you'd get emergency contraception. There are some good Catholic facilities, though. This places' faults were so glaring because you'd think a Catholic hospital would epitomize Christian behavior.
  7. by   htrn
    Quote from bagladyrn
    I'm going to throw a different view in here. I had a difficult experience while on a contract at a Catholic hospital working in OB. I am going to have to be somewhat vague as I don't want to skirt the edge of a privacy violation. I watched a woman in a situation where the only possible way to treat her life threatening problem was termination of a not yet viable pregnancy. She was much too unstable to transfer to another town for alternate care. Because the Catholic facility required two physicians to sign for this and multiple others refused to do so, this woman's condition became worse and worse while administrators and ethics commitees were called in to debate it.
    This raised such ethical issues for me that I have decided that I will not again work in a religiously affiliated facility that espouses such views.
    I work in a Catholic hospital and we had a very similar situation - watched this poor woman's labs tank hourly. They called an emergency ethics consult as soon as they figured out what the problem was, including a priest. The nsg sup asked everyone involved if they had a problem caring for this woman or participating in the procedure and offered to find substitutes if needed - this was a 0200 Sat situation. No one declined to care for her and I like to think that she got excellant care physically, emotionally and spiritually for both her and her husband. Tough situation, but I thought it was handled wonderfully.

    She recently came back and gave birth to a very healthy baby. It feels good that she felt good enuf about us to have her baby with us.
  8. by   MS._Jen_RN
    I work in a catholic institution. (4 yrs) I am not catholic, not christian. I have never had any problems with their policies, conduct, or care. They seek to serve under-served populations and provide caring and compassionate care. I have no issue with that. Religion is not a focus of what they do. There are crosses, mass and non-domonitational services are held for those who wish to go, we treat and see the occasional nun or preist. But again, there is no focus on religion. I have never heard of a staff or patient feeling uncomfortable because of their religous orientation. I know that we have staff who are Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Seik (sp?). We have staff who are openly bi or homo-sexual. None of it is a problem.
    ~Jen
  9. by   crb613
    I have never worked in a Catholic hospital, but I went to a Catholic nursing college. I loved it! I am Baptist (did not seem to matter) & I really enjoyed the prayers we had before every class. The Nuns wore their habits, & the priest their robes...The school was run by the sisters, & they lived on the grounds. They had their own LTC, daycare, graveyard on the campus,raised their own beef, gardens, & owned 100's of acres. These ladies were very educated, & had served all over the world...I really loved talking to them. The atmosphere was very calming, the sisters were always very concerned w/my progress, & supported me 100%. I felt like I had stepped back in time...in a good way. It was a strict tough program, but I loved every minute of it.
  10. by   Antikigirl
    I worked in one, and really didn't find a difference except for the fact that it was the largest hospital in three counties that must use it..and was a bee hive! I didn't like it at all, and never came to work there again (I was agency). The fact that it was Catholic had nothing to do with the fact it was too busy and not staffed...so I feel it is just fine on a religious standpoint!

    Heck...most hospitals were founded here by nurses who were Nuns and came here to help and establish healthcare and religion. So I see it as a historical thing in my neck of the woods...and a very blessed thing at that...especially for the pioneers that came here expecting no help with injuries or illness. Brave nuns! Come to the NW wilderness to establish these things with nothing but their Bible and maybe a mule! I think it is awesome and quite a great story of the passion of religion and nursing!
  11. by   Agnus
    Quote from nyforlove
    I'm concerned they might not provide domestic-partner health benefits for couples (whether same-sex or opposite-sex)....I know the NYSNA (NYState Nurses Ass'n) contract provides for domestic partnersip benefits, but I wonder if St. Vincent's Hospital in the West Village of Manhattan has some religious exemption???
    ASK. If you are uncomfortable about this then call HR without identifying yourself and ask them.
  12. by   Freedom42
    I was surprised to read a sign at a women's ob/gyn clinic recently noting that a local Catholic hospital's insurance policy would not cover services there. I presume it's because the clinic offers contraceptives and mentions abortion as an option (though it does not perform them). It seems extreme to restrict your employee's choice of health care if that's a benefit of the job.
  13. by   hogan4736
    Quote from Freedom42
    ... It seems extreme to restrict your employee's choice of health care if that's a benefit of the job.
    Of course it's extreme...

    It's also wrong...

    "Judge not lest ye be judged"

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