Hospital Bans Black Nurses From Caring for White Baby at Father's Request - page 5

by Not_A_Hat_Person | 42,821 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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    Quote from PRICHARILLAisMISSED

    The problem with just ignoring it and going about you business is that nothing gets done to fix the problem that way. I believe that is all of our jobs, everyone single one of us as part of a collective society to do our parts to fix problems such as these. While I know we all cant be responsible for fixing everything, we can fix what's in front of us.
    ^Agreed...

    In my experience, I've been taken care of by the best male nurses in my lifetime...male nurses deserve a place at the bedside equal time!
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    As I was digging the internet for similar cases, it sounds like the plaintiff may have a leg to stand on based on this previous case:

    CHANEY v. PLAINFIELD HEALTHCARE CENTER, No. 09-3661., July 20, 2010 - US 7th Circuit | FindLaw

    A short analysis of the above case is found here: Racial Discrimination and the Hostile Work Environment: Employers May Be Responsible for the Actions of Their Customers and Vendors | The National Law Review
    herring_RN likes this.
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    I hate to stick up for the bad guy here, but patients have the right to be comfortable with their caregiver, even if their discomfort is based on something stupid.
    I had a patient with psych issues demand a different nurse because she said I was reading her thoughts.
    Obviously I wasn't reading her mind (I'd have been afraid to even if I could), but she got a different nurse, one that she was more comfortable with.
    Now racism is not the same as mental illness (or maybe it is, who knows?), but the fact remains that feeling distrustful of your caregiver is a hindrance to recovery.
    TiredKitten, silverbat, CrissiQ, and 3 others like this.
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    To the posters that say bias is only allowed for religious purposes , is that investigated? not going to lie, i would prefer a female nurse put in a foley, a female ob/gyn or urologist. none of these preferences are religious based to me. would / should they still be obliged? we have had pts request no male caregivers including for things like giving meds or starting ivs ... why should that be allowed but not other preferences.
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    how should this he handeled? the times it has happened on my unit, the pts nurse tells the charge nurse and trys to switch the assignment. if pt or family came up and requested a change in caregiver it might be done and has been done to all of our inconvenience for things other than race. i am not sure how to go about handeling it ? if pt refused care from a nurse and wasnt assigned anotherone do they have any grounds for neglect suits or anything like that? imo , the times i have been in the undesired group i prefered to know it and would refuse such an assignment .
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    The correct response to the father would have been "We are, by law, not allowed to differentiate our patients or our staff based on the pigmentation of their skin" "We, as a healthcare entity, treat the caregiver and the patient with equal respect."

    If he continued to protest...."Sir, we cannot guarantee the ethnicity, religious tendencies, political affiliations, or the gender specifics of any employee" "But I can guarantee you that we have a little of everything here and we do just fine."


    Sigh, when will nurses get treated with dignity.
    JillyRN, herring_RN, chivon101, and 8 others like this.
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    Came in for the title, then saw the headline "Flint, MI"... and thought is this guy (the father) nuts?
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    Quote from juan de la cruz
    As I was digging the internet for similar cases, it sounds like the plaintiff may have a leg to stand on based on this previous case:

    CHANEY v. PLAINFIELD HEALTHCARE CENTER, No. 09-3661., July 20, 2010 - US 7th Circuit | FindLaw

    A short analysis of the above case is found here: Racial Discrimination and the Hostile Work Environment: Employers May Be Responsible for the Actions of Their Customers and Vendors | The National Law Review
    ^This is an excellent example!!!

    We need to make sure that pts are autonomous; however with The Patients' Bill of Rights and RESPONSIBILITIES, pts (and their families) have a right to treat their caregivers with respect:

    http://m.hopkinsmedicine.org/the_joh..._of_rights.pdf

    EVERY state and org has the same wording...it is a federal law...kind of like the constitution-the right AND responsibilities of abiding by the "law of the land-seem that we like to "forget" the responsibility part in these documents, VERY ironic!

    NEVER, NEVER EEEEEEVVVVEERR FORGET TO GENTLY REMIND your patients and their family members they are responsible to conduct and treat the healthcare team with respect at all times.

    Also, employees are OBLIGATED (not optional) to create a safe and non hostile environment under the Civil Right Acts of 1964...

    Any ****facing and disrespect and obstruction that anyone is facing is NOT to be tolerated...it is ILLEGAL and grounds for fines, violations, as well as monetary compensation...Forewarned is Forearmed!!! Use your tools wisely and assertively!!!
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    I usually roll my eyes at lawsuits but I definitely am on the side of the nurse in this one. Her management should have spoken to the man and tried to resolve the situation, let him know that they will not make patient assignments based on skin color, and ban him from visiting if he brings it up again. He is interferring with patient care. And to make assignments based on skin color? Clearly racist.

    Imagine a charge nurse making patient assignments, for an entire month, based on skin color. I think she'll win this one and hope she does. Plus think how she must feel, and how her employer made her feel. Ouch.
    itrust likes this.
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    I think the hospital condoned the behavior, in a sense, by giving into the parent's demand. It is okay to assert that certain behaviors and requests are not permissible and still provide quality health care, am I right?
    herring_RN, itrust, KelRN215, and 1 other like this.


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