Sense of Duty Vs. Your Ethics - page 3

I need my fellow nurses experience in this matter. Would you or would not work in area of Nursing that needed us, but was against what you believed in? For example: I will not work in plastic surg... Read More

  1. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    Your nursing endevours should make you smile #1, and make others smile #2, and feel pleasure from your eye-hand coordination during proceedures. Your true reality willl ensure peace and happiness for yourself forever. :-)
    >>>>>>>>Yes-and I especially love hospice patients-a real joy...a laugh a minute...miles of smiles...Anyhoo---We must give to care to all of our patients no matter how we feel about their race ,religion,politics etc.(I take care of many Republicans-lol)I believe that the only circumstances in which refusing a particular patient is warranted would be if you felt threatened personally or the patient is a close friend or family member.We are supposed to be professionals....
  2. by   4XNURSE

    I think you should be able to choose when and where you work, for any reason you choose.

    I turned down a shift this AM because I didn't feel I was qualified to do the work it required.

    I hope the hospital found someone else, but I didn't think I would have been serving the patients as well as some one else could do.

    If you have a moral conflict with something you would not be the best nurse to take care of that patient, - if you have the knowledge before you take the patient.

    If you are already taking care of a patient and find out about an issue, you need to continue to give the patient the best care you can, till the shift is over or the patient is discharged. I don't think there is ever a justifiable reason to abandon a patient. No matter what they have done, or how they believe.

    just my $ .02

  3. by   live4today
    I would never abandon a patient simply because I didn't agree with his/her beliefs, however, I have interviewed in the past at a Women's Clinic - unaware that abortions were performed there, and when told what the clinic was about, I declined to continue the interview due to my beliefs. This is when the nurse has the choice of saying, "No thanks" to a job that he/she knows in advance would compromise their personal ethical and moral beliefs. I never refused to care for a patient when working in the hospital and received an assignment UNLESS I thought I wasn't capable of providing the best nursing care for that patient. It's pretty much understood that when one works as a nurse in a hospital, we will be assigned patients from all walks of life who hold dear their own personal beliefs that differ from the nurse caring for them. THAT'S A GIVEN we are all aware of. The opportunity to veto a work environment not conducive to one's beliefs should come prior to hiring on at a facility or hospital, not after, especially knowing before accepting a job what a nurse will face as far as patient care is concerned.
    Last edit by live4today on May 8, '02