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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 9:45pm
at Sierra's playgroup & I was wondering what your opinions would be. There was a nurse in training at a local hospital. Nurse in ? had a bachelor's degree in some discipline other than nursing & was attending an accelerated program to get her BSN. She was working in the post-partum wing @ the hospital. She was making the rounds & apparently said to a BFing patient-while nursing-, "Ew, that is so gross". She either was asked to resign or quit on her own, I'm not sure which.

So, should she have been fired/forced to resign? Should they have offered her more training or offered to put her in another specialty before taking such drastic measures considering the nursing shortage? Is there anything wrong with what she said? If you were the mom who got the comment, what would you have done?

I personally feel that yes, she should have been fired. Her comment was unprofessional whether it was about BFing or someone puking, etc. Her personal opinion should have stayed in her person. IMO, additional training would be of no benefit. Why on earth would someone take a job, knowing they would be subjected to something they found personally wrong/offensive, when there are so many more options for her? I feel that her comment would have deterred some women who were nervous/apprehensive about BFing in the first place. I would think the nursing staff should be supportive, especially WRT BFing because it can be very difficult, especially for a first time mom.

I'm pretty sure I would have "enlightened" her, as well as her supervisor. I know there is a shortage of nurses, but I feel that a bad one is worse than none at all.

J&S

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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 9:48pm
I can't imagine a nurse making a comment like that.....whether it was her opinion or not.

Unprofessional?? Yes. Grounds for dismissal?? No way.


christine


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Tue, 09-23-2003 - 2:48am
Definately grounds for some kind of disciplinary action. Nursing is one of those careers where "character" is vitally important. If someone cannot be polite, friendly and professional in ALL their dealing with patients then they should not be a nurse!

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Tue, 09-23-2003 - 8:57am
i am not sure if she should have been fired but what amuses me the most is she works in the post partum wing ,,where she has to help clean up blood / feces and other fun stuff and she thinks nursing is gross,, ????

the first time i got up after my csec .. i am sure i had a pad on but the floor looked like i just murdered somebody and the nurse helping me to the bathroom said it happens all the time and not to worry about it, now if she would have said eeww gross, i am sure i would have taken it very personal and been upset the rest of my hospital stay,

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Tue, 09-23-2003 - 4:39pm
I agree and I liken it, like you, to taking pot shots at someone puking, or saying someone with an amputated leg is "just so gross".

Unprofessional is a polite way of saying it.

Fio.

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Wed, 09-24-2003 - 9:55am

Well, I think that some sort of disiplinary action would be required, but I'm not sure that something as drastic as firing was/is warranted.

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Wed, 09-24-2003 - 2:52pm
I agree with your suggestions. When I read the OP, I thought the comment was, obviously, awful, but it did seem a bit extreme to fire the woman over that single -- and presumably first? -- offensive remark. I mean, we are talking about someone's career here. It's true, she was way out of line, but without any additional information about her (I'm thinking, perhaps if she were especially young and new to the job?), I don't think I would say outright that she should have been fired. Lots of people do and say stupid things when they're just starting out in any field, and look back on it years later and wonder how they could have been such an idiot.

~Kim

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Wed, 09-24-2003 - 3:23pm
OK, just curious (and this isn't directed only to you, kfira71, but anyone who wants to answer) what your reactions would be like if the tables were turned...let's say the nurse saw a mom feeding a baby a bottle and said "that's really disgusting, no one should use that artificial stuff".

Or something along those lines...

Fio.

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Wed, 09-24-2003 - 3:50pm
I'd feel the same way. Both remarks are way out of line. I actually have a good friend who went through a terrible experience at her hospital when her nurses put major pressure on her to nurse. It really went beyond encouragement, with comments like "You're a mother now, and you need stop thinking of yourself first, and do what's best for your baby." This was said to her by a nurse, in a nasty tone (according to my friend), when said friend was in tears over the pain of her bleeding nipples and was asking that she be given a bottle to feed her DS. According to my friend, each of her nurses made her feel as though she was a horrible mother if she even considered FFing.

As with the nurse in the OP, I feel the nurse in the story above was also extremely rude and insensitive. I'd say both she and the first nurse could benefit from classes, but I do not believe either should be fired for a single comment.

~Kim

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Wed, 09-24-2003 - 4:20pm

Ooooh, great question.


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