Hospital Bans Black Nurses From Caring for White Baby at Father's Request - page 14
by Not_A_Hat_Person, BSN, RN | 42,785 Views | 278 Comments
Customer service run amok. I'm a Black nurse in a very white state. During my tour of Nursing Home Hell, one resident added a note to his chart saying "Caucasian caregivers only." Oddly enough, he didn't mind when he... Read More
- 1Feb 17, '13 by psu_213, BSN, RNQuote from KandakeI am not going to defend the hospital for what they did for the next month. I am trying to defend the charge nurse who was working that shift and decided to change the assignment. Even if the guy did not specifically say, "I am going to hurt you," I think a reasonable person would, in their mind, think the man would resort to violence given the views that are represented by the symbol on his body. In that case I would reassign the nurse and then contact administration about what to do about this man who I find to be a threat. If the hospital administration puts a note on the chart, then they are breaking the law and should be punished, but I totally respect the actions of the charge nurse that day for that shift.Are you saying he might have hurt the staff if he didn't get his way? Do most hospitals manage that way? By buckling down when physically intimidated by patient's family members?
I am just curious.
- 0Feb 17, '13 by KandakeQuote from psu_213I understand your point now.I am not going to defend the hospital for what they did for the next month. I am trying to defend the charge nurse who was working that shift and decided to change the assignment. Even if the guy did not specifically say, "I am going to hurt you," I think a reasonable person would, in their mind, think the man would resort to violence given the views that are represented by the symbol on his body. In that case I would reassign the nurse and then contact administration about what to do about this man who I find to be a threat. If the hospital administration puts a note on the chart, then they are breaking the law and should be punished, but I totally respect the actions of the charge nurse that day for that shift.
- 4Feb 17, '13 by rngolfer53Quote from anotheroneYes, it is. But continuing for a month, with apparently no attempt to come into compliance with the law shows a great deal of bad faith.doung something illegal for a day is also violating a law.
I can understand the charge nurse, with limited options and an immediate decision required, saying OK for this shift. And informing management for its decision on whether the request will continue to be honored.
- 2Feb 17, '13 by dudette10And people will lose their jobs and the hospital will have to pay a buttload of money to the nurse all because of one ******* and the difficult dilemma he placed everyone in. I sincerely believe the charge nurse continued to not assign black nurses because she wanted to protect them...not out of any discriminatory motivation.
- 0Feb 17, '13 by anotheroneQuote from barbyannhahahahahahahahahah.! i think i can totally see and believe the first and third scenario happeningThis is about so much more than black/white, male/female. I have found myself in the charge role many times and been uncertain about so many things but race and gender requests have never been a grey area for me. Let me offer some examples that I made-up and in no way are they true or ever happened 1. Gang member's family requesting no one from the "Eastside" take care of their loved one. I would prefer not to have a gang fight on the floor. I called security for support and oddly the patient and the two security officers were all "buddies". They were able to convince the family that no rival gang members were working on our floor. 2. A pt who attempted to refuse care from a "little person" nurse because she was "scared of midgets". She hyperventilated after being told the assignment stands. By the end of the shift she liked her nurse.3. Pre-op transexual M>F with bipolar disorder, breasts and frilly nightgowns/boas, sparkly slippers, high pitch voice in for pancreatitis who was placed in a room with a large black truck-driving male pt. Pt #1 was being abusive to his Phillipino RN, screaming "get someone in here who can speak english and has a real American education". Pt #2 spoke through the curtain for him to calm down and be nice. Pt #1 goes on long tirade about being gang raped by 3 black men as a teen and starts screaming and self abusing himself with a toothpick in his urethra (witnessed by me). He loudly stated he would no longer stay in a room with a black man. We moved him out of respect to pt#2. Pt #2 wanted him to stay because he found the whole thing amusing and accused me of playing favorites to pt#1. He told management I moved the pt because he didnt want to be in a room with a black man. What would you have done?If I was in charge of the hospital I would make legal advice available to the nursing staff at all times. All of the above happened on night shifts. I now work day shift and it is so nice to know that I can call Risk Managment for advice.
- 0Feb 17, '13 by rngolfer53Quote from psu_213The charge nurse could and should inform security and management of the facts, and make sure the nurse is given an appropriate level of protection while on hospital grounds.Well, I certainly don't want to be the charge nurse who didn't reassign her only to find her harmed after the shift. I have a hard time believing that my finances are going to be protected by federal law when I am sued for not protecting a staff member who was threatened by a family member.
The charge nurse should also ask the assigned nurse what she wants to do, with the understanding that the PTB will be addressing the situation asap.
- 2Feb 17, '13 by Bortaz, RN, ADNQuote from KandakeAnd what, exactly, makes them "so called" nurses? Your post is ignorant, and I don't know why "so called" nurses like yourself are allowed to have jobs.I find it sad that some of the so called nurses here are ignorant of discrimination laws.
Oh, did my comment sound stupid? Yeah, so did yours. Not having a firm grasp of the complicated discrimination situation doesn't take away a whit of someone's "nurse" credit.