Thank you Karen. As I pro life nurse I am certain that the CNA sponsored safe staffing ratios have saved many lives in California hospitals. I have never experienced any "militant pro abortion" nurses among my colleagues or our direct care RN officers and board of directors.
Of the five penalties issued to hospitals in Fresno County for unsafe patient care three were to St. Agnes.
I think the RNs can work for their hospital abiding by the law, inprove care, and save lives with the support of our all RN union.
The position of the California Nurses Association is that women have the legal right to choose whether to continue or terminate a pregnancy. The choice of abortion is a woman's right in our society and as such CNA strongly advocates education and counseling of women regarding pregnancy and birth control methods in an effort to reduce the need for abortion.
CNA believes that women who decide to have an abortion are entitled to competent and compassionate nursing care. This provision of nursing care is the major responsibility of the nursing profession in any area of health care.
However, nurses hold moral, ethical and/or religious beliefs that may compel them, in good conscience, to refuse involvement with abortions. CNA supports the nurse's right to exercise this refusal without being subject to ridicule, coercion, censure or termination.
It is recommended that those who choose not to be involved notify their employers in writing in advance of a situation's occurrence. Nurses have the right to expect their employers to describe policies and practices regarding abortion.
Once the employer has been notified of the nurse's decision not to participate in this care option, it is the employer's responsibility to make plans for staffing by personnel who are willing and competent to care for such patients.
In life-threatening situations, the patient's right to care would take precedence over the nurse's individual rights and beliefs until other appropriate personnel could be substituted. Under no circumstances would care not be rendered.