Catholic Nurse Sues Duke University Hospital After Refusing to Assist with Abortions - page 7

Sara Pedro, a Catholic nurse, moved from New York City in August 2016 to take a job at Duke University Hospital. Soon after she began work at Duke, Sara asked for and got an exemption from receiving... Read More

  1. by   kimandthekinks
    I want to know why there is probably a nurse grad out there who doesn't have a job but a nurse who can't even perform all of her duties is suing a hospital after being blessed with a job to care for the community as a "religious" person. This woman is despicable.
  2. by   kdkout
    Quote from TriciaJ
    My thoughts exactly. This smells like a cash grab.
    Yes, I totally agree. This makes me mad, actually. I was in the same boat - not told as a brand new OB nurse at a non-Catholic hospital that I'd have to assist with terminations. Nobody told me; was forced to assist on one long after orientation was over. I did or "patient abandonment," so I spoke to my supervisor to find out if I could legally get out of it. My supervisor admitted to lying about it at my interview (withheld the info, on purpose), it was "part of my job duties," people can trade patients with me but they dont have to, so I quit. Then at any future OB jobs at the interview I would ask about the policy re: terminations - so if they did them, could I have an exemption, if so, can I get it in writing.
    You bring it up before accepting a new job. She had to know as an ED nurse, that she'd be giving vaccinations and giving contraceptives. Maybe she didnt realize the abortion issue would come up....but all three issues? Come on. I smell a rat. This is asking for a ridiculous amt of 'accommodation.'
  3. by   saongiri
    I am still confused why an ED nurse would be assisting with an abortion?
  4. by   kimandthekinks
    Could have been an emergency abortion?
  5. by   klone
    Quote from saongiri
    I am still confused why an ED nurse would be assisting with an abortion?
    As I mentioned a few times earlier in this thread, she wouldn't be assisting with an abortion. She might assist with giving methotrexate for an ectopic pregnancy, or giving emergency contraception to a woman after an assault.

    I suspect, in her Catholic mind, she considers those "abortions" even though they're not.
  6. by   klone
    Quote from kimandthekinks
    Could have been an emergency abortion?
    They don't do abortions in the ED. It's a surgical procedure. Unless it's a medical abortion, in which case it would be done through her primary care provider or an abortion provider with medication that she would take at home.
  7. by   kimandthekinks
    You're right. How did I miss that fact. Perhaps she has a broad and false definition of abortion due to her religion.