posted on Feb, 24 2013 @ 02:00 AM
An African-American nurse is suing a hospital in Flint, MI, alleging that administrators granted a request by a white man with a swastika tattoo
that no black nurses tend to his newborn, a demand the hospital says it denied.
I knew this kind of hate and ignorance still existed. Regardless, I'm still flabbergasted when faced with such hate.
That's my first reaction.
Then... Then I start thinking like a parent. Thinking about the rights of a parent. Question is - Is it truly as simple as no matter if a parent is
right or wrong - they have the supreme right to say what does - and does not take palce with their child?
A Michigan hospital has settled a lawsuit that accused it of agreeing to a man’s request that no black nurses care for his newborn.
The suit was filed by nurse Tonya Battle, who alleged a note was posted on an assignment clipboard reading, “No African American nurse to take care
Another fine line?
The American Medical Association’s ethics code bars doctors from refusing to treat people based on race, gender and other criteria, but there
are no specific policies for handling race-based requests from patients.
“In general, I don’t think honoring prejudicial preferences … is morally justifiable” for a health care organization, said Dr. Susan Goold, a
University of Michigan professor of internal medicine and public health. “That said, you can’t cure bigotry … There may be times when grudgingly
acceding to a patient’s strongly held preferences is morally OK.”
Those times could include patients who have been so traumatized by rape or combat, for instance that accommodating their request would be preferable
to forcing on them a caregiver whose mere presence might aggravate the situation, she said.
But in the case of a nurse/doctor of color 'care giving' a newborn child of a skinhead?
Yeah, so I was shocked, I really was when first reading the article but there’s a lot to think about here.
Does that mean I condone ignorance and bigotry? Nope.
edit on 24-2-2013 by silo13 because: washington times