Jehovah's Witness and Blood Refusal in OR - page 3

Hey! Last week I circulated with another nurse (I am still on orientation). We had a patient who was a Jehovah's Witness, so along with a signed surgical consent there was a signed refusal for blood.... Read More

  1. by   thenursemandy
    Quote from IftheShoeFits
    as an almost new nurse entering the field, this discussion has been very helpful.

    It is the hardest thing as a healthcare worker, hardwired to save lives with resources available, to not use those resources.

    See it from the pts point of view. They believe that their ETERNAL LIFE is in danger if they disobey Gods command to abstain from blood. It is not up to the surgeon or nurse to decide for them. Taking in blood is NOT negotiable to a JW. Its our right.
  2. by   mom4kids
    Hi Shaunta,

    I am a JW too and also graduating as an LPN in a few weeks. I just wanted to say "hi" and that I thought what you said here was right on.
  3. by   shodobe
    Not all JWs abide by their beliefs because I have had a few over the years who sign the refusal but also state that if it was the difference between living and dying, give me the blood! So this is an issue that should be resolved BEFORE surgery and yes the surgeon isn't always right.

    PS this has only been a few over 37 years in the OR kind of like Holiday Catholics or Jack Mormons
  4. by   madi.sand
    There is also controversy that many consider Jehovah's Witnesses a cult because if they accept a blood transfusion willingly they are shunned by their family and community so knowing that some may want a transfusion but be too afraid to accept one.