Hospital Bans Black Nurses From Caring for White Baby at Father's Request - page 2

by Not_A_Hat_Person | 42,908 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


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    I am OUTRAGED!

    As an African-American nurse, how dare that hospital honor the request of a racist bigot and have that baby re-assigned to another nurse simply because he felt the African-American nurse could not care for the baby based on the color of her skin. Not her nursing skills, but because she is black!

    I hope that nurse get a million dollar settlement and an apology from the hospital. What a way to reward someone for 25 years of service.
    Lev <3, Nurseonamission, gummi bear, and 10 others like this.
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    I think it's a sick situation, but the hospital has to honor the patients request; he does have a right to refuse treatment even if its a sick and wrong reason. I suppose the hospital could tell him that there are no other nurses available to care for the child, but e might not believe it if he saw non black nurses working...but why would this nurse want to care for the child with a racist father? I imagine it would be very unpleasant. We have labor patients that refuse male nurses but the nurse never sues the hospital for sexual discrimination...
    typoagain, herring_RN, HouTx, and 6 others like this.
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    For people who say they are outraged, as a male nurse there have been several occasions where the patient wanted a female nurse and did not want to have me. Was I outraged? Did I sue my hospital? No. For those outraged, is gender discrimination not as bad as racial? Or is my situation ok just because I'm a man, and its not a female being discriminated against?

    This woman sounds like somebody just fishing for a nice payout from their employer before retiring.
    TiredKitten, HouTx, fiveofpeep, and 9 others like this.
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    I think the hospital acted in her best interest, though that may not have been the intent.

    Why would she want to be assigned to that baby?

    If something adverse had happened, it would be far better that she was not involved.
    typoagain, Mercnurse2, fiveofpeep, and 5 others like this.
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    Threads merged to original in nursing news forum for continuity.
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    I'm a white dude (and a minority by a LONG shot where I live), and I have been removed from caring for a baby twice at the request of parents. Once because I was a dude, and once because I was white and they wanted only Hispanic nurses.

    I neither sued nor ended up on CNN either time. Hmm. Maybe I should have. Or maybe I should have gone on about my business, not letting it bother me...just as I did.
    LoveMyBugs, typoagain, BaileyCoco, and 20 others like this.
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    While I haven't seen this exact situation, I have seen similar situations in which a patient asks that a particular nurse of type of nurse not be assigned to the case. In most such cases, it is in the best interests of the nurse for the hospital to comply with the patient's request. If they don't, that nurse will be vulnerable to unjust accusations and law suits (as will the hospital).

    Remember: it isn't the hospital saying that there is anything wrong with the African American nurses. It is the patient who has the prejudice. And patients have the right to refuse care. Yes. it's ugly ... and there are ugly, unjust prejudices behind it. But sometimes, it is best to avoid a fight -- rather than purposely antagonizing such a patient by denying their request.

    Another option in some cases is for the hospital to say that it cannot reasonably comply with the request due to scheduling/assignment needs and offer to help the patient find another health care facility to transfer to. Personally, that response would be my preference.
    elkpark, tsalagicara, KelRN215, and 6 others like this.
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    I have known of 3 instances (in my long nursing career) where the patient's family member "claimed" that a male staff member did something inappropriate. In one instance, we worked in pediatric ICU and the baby's mother claimed the male RN touched the baby inappropriately; the other two involved male CNA's. The two CNA's had worked there for many years, but were fired. Personally, I would rather simply not take care of them because they might make up some frivolous claim and cause more grief in the long run. I live in the deeeep south, and see racism everyday, but it goes both ways. I have had black patients refuse to talk to me because I am white; I would have to get a black nurse or CNA to come into the room. I have also (recently) had patients call the black nurse a vulgar name. Yes, racism is wrong, but I know I can't fix it in one shift at the hospital, so I would rather simply not take care of the racist patients. Oh, by the way, both CNA's that were fired were black males; the male RN that wasn't fired was white. Back in the 80's, my first RN job was with 2 black LPN's. Those two ladies taught me everything I know!
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    I run a skilled facility. We take care of really old people. If one of the residents doesn't want a male aide, we respect their wishes. If they don't want a black aide, we respect their wishes. It doesn't mean we agree with them or like their bigotry. In these few cases, I explain to them the best I can not to take it personally. We have many demented residents who sometimes make up stories. Why would I want to put any aide in a situation that could cause them to be falsely accused of something?Next time I'm in the hospital, I'm going to demand to not have stupid nurses
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    Quote from cueballRN
    For people who say they are outraged, as a male nurse there have been several occasions where the patient wanted a female nurse and did not want to have me. Was I outraged? Did I sue my hospital? No. For those outraged, is gender discrimination not as bad as racial? Or is my situation ok just because I'm a man, and its not a female being discriminated against?This woman sounds like somebody just fishing for a nice payout from their employer before retiring.
    1rst question.... Are you black? 2nd question. If you are a black man, do you affiliate yourself with being a black man?. I know in order to fish one must have patience, but surely the nurse with 25 years of service could possibly have some merit in seeking the claim. I'm pretty sure it's not her first time experiencing examples of ignorance but just maybe the accommodating of ignorance by the facility became tiresome. Everyone has their breaking point.
    gummi bear, Mercnurse2, and sixela21 like this.


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