Racist Patients - page 8

Our floor is culturally diverse. We have employees from all walks of life. We recently had a patient on the floor that said that he only wanted white nurses to take care if him. I'm not sure if our... Read More

  1. by   gryffnsgram
    If you really want to see racism, try working with patients in jail. I worked there briefly and was called every name you can think of. The other nurse and I tried to team up when we passed meds. Both of us are white & she would giggle to herself when any of the AA inmates called her a white honky b****. She told me, "they wouldn't call me that if they saw who I sleep with every night!". She was married to an AA man for 25 years and had 2 biracial daughters! Great attitude......
  2. by   2BSure
    Quote from Elvish
    This is what I was going by....and yes - it would be nice to have some clarification.

    My grandfather, before he died last year, still referred to people of Asian decent in the manner referred to in my previous post.
    Hmmm parents and grandparents! I love my dad but he seems to think anyone appearing latino is Mexican or a "Mexi" as he has said. Oh God!
  3. by   johnsboo
    Racism never had, doesn't now, nor ever will have a place in our society, and certainly not in the healthcare industry. Regardless, of how we are treated, and how we feel about it, the best we can do is point out to the offender that their remarks are uncalled for and cannot be tolerated. After that, we need to be professional, and carry out our duties to each other and our patients in the view of a "colorless" society.
  4. by   plumiegirl
    I agree with the rest of the folks that responded. Most patients are not educated and just plain ignorant. Back when Dr. Phil was just starting his show and it was way better, he made a statement that I never forgot: You teach people how to treat you. Just politely correct folks, firm reminders (cause folks do not readily change), then if all that fails, reduce conversation to just business only and report the problem to whomever can help with it. I work in a poverty area and I have learned to speak the language, and I am never surprised anymore at the reverse racism I hear on a daily basis. These folks even are racist among their own. Takes all kinds. I judge folks are their behavior - you are what you do. Many have no class or manners. On the nurse ratchet...I thought she had a nice professionalism about her even if she was a lil evil. I am always thankful that I am not like some of my narrow minded patients...I would hate to be that ignorant, it just breeds anger and that is no fun. Hang in there and correct folks one at a time. You have a right to be treated like the professional you are. :spin:
  5. by   Shorti2382
    I work at a hospital in Delaware and our population is very diverse. I actually don't come across too many racist comments, but I also may not catch on to them because I have more importan things on my mind (my patients). I am white and 27, but I guess look fairly young. I do catch slack sometimes because they do not believe I'm a nurse. The other day I received an AA patient and the patient's children were with the patient. When asking them to give us a couple minutes to get the patient settled they responded to me stating ,with a little bit excitation in their voice, "Who are you?! The orderly?!" I stated my name and that I am the nurse etc etc. They actually just stared at me and looking me up and down. It was rather uncomfortable, but I just smiled and returned to the task at hand. And for the record, every single licensed nurse wears the same colored uniforms and we all have these LARGE tags on our badges depicting if we're an RN or LPN (they look like parking permits). It just never fails there will always be a comment made, but what can we do? Also, this same family gave a fellow male nurse who happened to also be an AA a hard time for touching the IV pump. They stated that he should not be touching it. In their minds they did not believe any males would be nurses.
  6. by   janetrnc
    I, too, have encountered the same kind of attitudes throughout my nursing career. You do what you can to educate those who have misconceptons and pray for those who don't want to be educated. I am the Director of my unit, my name tag clear states my title and credentials and I have been called the housekeeper, secretary, etc. by people of all ethnicities. The last patient who requested a specific type or color of nurse was told "Unless you brought your own nurse, the chances ot that happening are slim to none. I have a limited staff and I will not call someone in on their day off to accomodate your preferences unless you are willing to pay them for their overtime out of YOUR pocket." That usually changes their minds and that statement has the full backing of administration.
  7. by   stillwant2banurse
    I can relate as well, I work for a hosp and it is not the patients it seems to be the management. I work on a very diverse floor and when we are being scheduled, our mgmt will give the white nurses and techs first pick of the schedule and give the AA the left over. If we need to schedule time off, or pick up a extra shift we have to make sure the white nurses or techs do not need these days or shifts first. You would think senority would count be no, not here, there are several employees that see this but everyone is scared to speakup because we need our job
  8. by   janetrnc
    In response to sweetsouthernbee:
    Those types of incidents go both ways also, check out how many minority women go missing with not a peep yet non minority women remain in the media spotlight for months and years so why don't we a human beings try to put an end to all of the inequalities...
  9. by   ToxicShock
    Quote from janetrnc
    In response to sweetsouthernbee:
    Those types of incidents go both ways also, check out how many minority women go missing with not a peep yet non minority women remain in the media spotlight for months and years so why don't we a human beings try to put an end to all of the inequalities...
    Because people are stupid.
  10. by   miss_demeanour
    I am sure that people are going to be superoffended by me, because that seems to be the way with me I'm not setting out to offend but as usual I am sure I will offend someone.

    I am a little bit surprised about how this has become an issue of "black vs white" even on here. There are a lot of white people on here getting irate about how a black person was mean to them once and now they have a massive chip on their shoulder about it. Also, having a white friend who is married to a black man with biracial children doesn't prove anything. Heh, sorry, but that argument was used a LOT. It sounds like my (racist) dad who spends his whole time telling me how he's not racist because he once had a black friend.
    It just comes down to respect for other people. The fact that everyone on here is still offended about a white/black/Asian/Hispanic/whoever person shows that they too are kinda racist because they are still concerned with that person's race, rather than the fact that they are a person who ****** you off. It's not "a man ****** me off", it's "a white/black/green/orange/pink/polkadot man ****** me off". People's inability to see past some kind of token, some kind of "difference", really gets my goat. I am a student nurse in the UK working with people with developmental/intellectual disabilities. I am continually annoyed that my patients or clients are referred to as "a downs", "a disabled", "simple", or one of my personal 'favourites', "a learning disabilities". To me, my patients are men and women, some of them are experiencing problems with their mental health, some are experiencing social problems, some want to lose weight, some want to make friends but don't know how. They just happen to have problems with their cognitive functioning. They are PEOPLE. Not a condition, not a syndrome, not a level of melanin, each one is a person in their own right. Same goes with everyone in my life. Each is a person. Some are nice, some are nasty, some of them have darker skin than me, some have lighter skin than me, some have piercings in their face, some don't, some are gay, some are straight, some have covered themselves in tattoos, some are incredibly tall, some are incredibly short, most are happy, some are miserable and I try to help them. They are themselves, their personalities, and I judge them by how they treat me and how they treat other people. As far as I am concerned the fact that they are black, Asian, hispanic, tall, short, have Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia or anything else is as relevant to their worth as a person as my high blood pressure and PCOS is to relevant to my worth.
    Judge people by their actions, not by the social constructs that have been put around them or the social group they were put in by an accident of birth.

  11. by   gladys.torres
    hello,just joined allnurses.com recently-i am an overseas nurse working in the UK, i can't help but to reply to this post because wherever we go there will be people who will look at our color and race and that they will already have pre meditated ideas of who we are as a person just because where we have come from which i believe is unfair.i have received a phone call one night shift i was on,an enquiry about a patient-the caller have not identified herself but soon as she heard my voice she instantly said that she wanted to speak to an english nurse.i was gobsmacked because she even went to complain to the night manager that she cannot speak to an english nurse in this particular ward.when the english manager rang me i have explained my situation and she said she will ring this woman herself and tell her off then she wrote an incident report to support me just in case this woman complain.i have also written an incident report to prove that i have received a phone call that is threatening and is racially motivated.i hope she learned her lesson well..God bless her anyway!
  12. by   annabanana1219
    The racist street runs two directions nowadays. I had a black patient that was racist against white nurses. The pt's family member was even more racist. The off going black nurse told me that the family member had called me a name and that she would not even repeat it and that it had to do with being predjudiced. I requested not to take care of the pt and the charge nurse asked a black nurse to switch pt's with me but the black nurse refused to do so. I ended up taking care of the pt and enduring nasty looks and comments all shift long.
  13. by   alan headbloom
    While the U.S. population is currently 34% "minority" (non-Anglo), only 10% of U.S. nurses are non-Anglo. Until there is a better representation across the board, there will be lots of racial misunderstandings. And, of course, even after racial/ethnic equity is reached, that still won't guarantee that misinformed people won't say/do untoward or ignorant things. Sadly.