What's an intactivist nurse to do?
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|Mon, 02-22-2010 - 9:55am|
I am in nursing school. I won't have to face this issue until next spring. Naturally, the type A person that I am, I have been obsessing about it for over a year :)
I have been wrestling with the ethical delima: can I assist with a circumcision with my deeply and longly held intactivist views? The obvious, first response is no way! Let's try to get past the immediate, emotional response of "no way in he##" and answer the question of whether a nurse can ethically refuse to provide "care" for a child whose parent has decided to circ him.
Digging deeper, I feel that I could do the client education, care for the child before and after, but I do not think I could assist with the procedure itself. My internal debate goes from the NO WAY, to the "should I be there for the baby as the only person interested in his human rights, and comfort him the best way I could." But then I go to the fact that if I were in a coutnry that circ's it's girls, there would be zero chance I would be there in that circumstance. So then I think: what if it were another issue, like abortion. I am personally pro life, but I think I would be able to care for a client during a the procedure as long as the fetus was not viable. So, it's not a matter of not being able to look past my own personal beliefs. Then I think about the ethical problems associated with medical workers picking and choosing which procedures they will and won't participate in. I think circ is different because it is not the child choosing the procedure. However, naturally, the areas of work I am interested in include NICU and PICU (circ shouldn't be much of an issue in the latter at least).
I, thankfully, go to a wonderful school with wonderful professors. I believe with 100% certainty that I could have a professional conversation with my clinical instructor about not assisting with circ's. My question is - is this truly the ethical thing to do?
I would love to hear the viewpoints and arguments from all sides, as long as it isn't just "no way." I need help working through the deeper layers of the issue - so I can resolve it in my mind. Again, I, of course, feel that there is no way I could do it. But, before I open that can of worms with the school (or a future employer) I need to have allt he above issues worked out and answered.
So, can you guys help me with this thinking process???
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