Quote from ldjrn
this happened to me friday at work, and i still cannot figure out a way i could've reacted differently to this. i've never had anything like this happen at work, so i was stumped as to how to chide this guy and be professional in every sense of the word. here goes:
i do not think there would have been any "way" for you to handle this regarding chiding them for their personal views, distorted as they come across.
sadly, it sounds like either a wierd attempt to compliment the black african-american nurses or to condescend to them. tough call.
i am mixed cultured and look totally of european descent. i have only occasionally encountered "weirdness" from patients who treated me as if i were a house servant too. hmm, wait, more than occasionally. doesn't matter if that patient was very posh or trailer trash, i've had both treat me well and poorly.
then again, it isn't about *me* though. this is my profession and in reality it is the patient's *life*.
it is a tough call, do we offer a peice of our mind or just brush it off, the goal is, afterall, patient wellness. the time for educataion of our roles may not be when the person is our patient.