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Nurse quits job to avoid distributing "morning-after" pills By BOB JOHNSON Associated Press Writer Nine state health department nurses have resigned at least partly over concerns about the... Read More

  1. by   rnmi2004
    I fail to see how a nurse leaving it to a co-worker to dispense a morning-after pill is going to "create bedlam." I also don't see any anecdotes of nurses actively discouraging any type of tx--just leaving it up to others or finding another job.

    Yes, a patient is a top priority, and we provide care for our patients holistically--but we also need to take care of ourselves holistically. Could anyone reasonably expect a nurse to perform a duty that would harm her physical health? For example, it would be unreasonable to expect a nurse to transfer an immobile 300-lb patient without any help. No one should have to perform duties that would cause physical or spiritual harm.

    Now, if a person's spiritual beliefs would interfere with a major aspect of a job or preclude them from performing several duties, then that person needs to find another job. For example, I can't see a devout Catholic working at a Planned Parenthood.
  2. by   fergus51
    I think she was talking about the right to lifers protesting outside while she was trying to get inside to see a sick family member.
  3. by   TexasPoodleMix
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Their choice to distribute. Her choice to quit. Like the job-quitting is going to make people at the health clinics think "gee maybe this is a bad idea."
  4. by   ascnbe
    The nice thing about being a nurse is the great diversity of jobs available to us. If the one you are in is not one you enjoy, it is easy to move on to one that is. I am always disturbed by nurses that stay in a position they obviously do not enjoy and pass their discontent on to their patients. I think this extends to your religious beliefs. If you do not think this is morally or spiritually correct, move on to something that makes you happy. Leave that position open to someone that will enjoy helping the people that need, or desire that particular type of assistance. Like trying to ban a program that offends you rather than turning the channel. We all have the freedom to walk away, turn the channel, etc. We have so many freedoms, why spend so much energy trying to remove one that is not in agreement with you? Move on, find one that is. Life is way too short. It is a gift to be shared. Why be so hung up on making the world comform to your view of it. There is plenty of space to go around that which offends you, and few professions offer the opportunity to change that this one does. I enjoy my job, I may not agree with every aspect of it, but at the end of the day I know I have helped people. How many other professions get to say that? I do not have to agree with my patient's lifestyle to help him live it the best he/she can. I can offer alternatives, I cannot force them. Neither of us can win using that method.
    Last edit by ascnbe on Aug 20, '04 : Reason: spelling
  5. by   Furball
    Great post ASCNBE!

    Recently I was looking for a new job. I had narrowed the list down to 2 hospitals. I hadn't made a decision until I discussed prescription benefits at the Catholic facility. No coverage for birth control but viagra is covered. It wasn't the only factor weighing in on my decision but it certainly was something that boggled my mind....seems so illogical to me...but it's their beliefs and I went elsewhere.
  6. by   veteranRN
    I think the nurse who quit was very reasonable in her decision. But why was she so angry about it. It seemed like her quitting was not just to protect herself spiritually but she was making a statement and was then upset that no one took notice and the policy of handing out the pills didn't stop. I see a big difference between the two. She should have just graciously bowed out.

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