Hospital Bans Black Nurses From Caring for White Baby at Father's Request - page 6

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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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    This is the way I see it.
    , if we worked in any other profession that man would have been told in no uncertain terms where he could put his racist request. Imagine if you went to a restaurant and asked for only a white waitress. Welcome to the grey area of nurse abuse, socially acceptable and available everywhere.
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    Holy mackerel........I can't believe that all this should even be an issue in 2013. Whatever is the matter with people? How absolutely ridiculous that anyone still thinks like the window-licker in the article mentioned in the OP.
    herring_RN, itrust, NurseDirtyBird, and 4 others like this.
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    I don't agree that the woman is looking for a payday. She's just driven by emotion, in my opinion. Generally speaking, black folks tend to hypersensitive about such matters...obviously, because of our history in this country. Sometimes, it's warranted. Sometimes, an individual will see boogeymen where none exist. I believe that some, in their rush to be 'colorblind' (like we're all just chocolate/red/brown/yellow-covered white people), forget that there is such a thing as cultural relativity.
    We all live a different reality and some groups will experience a strong
    knee-jerk where race-related issues are concerned.
    She's just 'deeply offended' at the moment.
    I understand. She's pointing aim at the wrong entity, i.e., the hospital, though. I 'get' their position. For one, the patient's got a right to be comfortable. Also, I'd say that the hospital's protecting it's nurses. There's a potential for liability. That guy could accuse the nurse of anything and find a way to sue the hospital on top of it. Who'd back her up then?

    I'm black. I've never been refused because of it. However, when people are angry...it's usually the first insult thrown (other than the 'b' word). It's the most identifiable characteristic. Doesn't bother me, though. I'm proud to say that my 'baby' nurse-skin is like that of teflon! LOL

    So, if I came to see a 'White Nurse's Only' note in a pt's chart...or the dept decreed that no 'nurses of color' tend to this or that resident?
    Good. LOL
    Sure, I'll take offense...if someone can explain how 'less work' = problem for me?

    Meanwhile --
    Guess who's 'Favorite Nazi Patient' is getting an Edibles fruit basket? LOL
    Hell - decrease my pt load. I dare you to make my work day more pleasant, patient!
    If only every nut and a-hole would 'self-identify'.
    If only.
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    Quote from MedChica
    I 'get' their position. For one, the patient's got a right to be comfortable. Also, I'd say that the hospital's protecting it's nurses. There's a potential for liability. That guy could accuse the nurse of anything and find a way to sue the hospital on top of it. Who'd back her up then?
    Good points. Thanks for a different perspective.
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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.
    I think the two situations are different. I can understand several instances where a female might not want a male nurse and vice versa, for example history of sexual abuse needing help with personal care. Gynecology issues? Give me a female nurse! I think it depends on the care being given.

    There is no modesty, religious or psychological reasons why someone is a racist and no reason AT ALL to refuse a nurse or caregiver or a particular race except ignorance.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Holy mackerel........I can't believe that all this should even be an issue in 2013. Whatever is the matter with people? How absolutely ridiculous that anyone still thinks like the window-licker in the article mentioned in the OP.
    "Window licker?" That term is SO offensive here where I live. I really hope it means something different in the USA than it does in the UK!
    Last edit by JDZ344 on Feb 17, '13 : Reason: spelling.
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    Wow. Perhaps the father of this child should hire his own private nurse to his liking, and take the baby home to be cared for. Or move the child to some sort of private facility, where he can make the rules. Betcha any amount of money that the family is perhaps on state insurance????? <----which I am sure he would find offensive--Just as offensive as dictating the race of a nurse who cares for his critically ill child.
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    Quote from KatieP86

    "Window licker?" That term is SO offensive here where I live. I really hope it means something different in the USA than it does in the UK!
    Nope, means the same thing. I, too, cringed when I read it. Although I agree with everything else she wrote.
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    Many times in the course of my career I had patients request a female nurse/provider instead of me; if it were at all possible, I respected their wishes. Is this that much different? I never took it personally and I never wanted to sue for it.

    Let me be clear, I don't think there should be any discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or sexuality. But when you are caring for someone at their most vulnerable times, I also believe in trying to make them as comfortable as possible, and this includes respecting their (in my opinion) ridiculous wishes.
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    What is a window licker? What does it mean?
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