No black caregivers allowed

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 9:33am

INDIANAPOLIS – Certified nursing assistant Brenda Chaney was on duty in an Indiana nursing home one day when she discovered a patient lying on the floor, unable to stand.


But Chaney couldn't help the woman up. She had to search for a white aide because the woman had left instructions that she did not want any black caregivers. And the nursing home insisted it was legally bound to honor the request.


The episode, which led to a recent federal court ruling that Chaney's civil rights had been violated, has brought to light a little known consequence of the patients' rights movement that swept the nation's health care system over the last two decades.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100823/ap_on_he_me/us_patient_prejudice


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Registered: 01-28-2009
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 9:53am

Well....they may be legally bound to honour her request....but then she should not have a case if she has to wait an undetermined length of time on the floor until a white aide is free.

Hopefully a few black aides in the meantime will have had to step over her as they go about their business.

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:18am

It was the black aid whose civil rights were violated.


I'm a little confused myself.

 

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:20am

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She had to deal with racial prejudice in her workplace. That's a no-no.

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:30am
I'm thinking that boat won't float. Being told to just not help a particular patient doesn't materially harm the CNA. She still has her job. How could a judge/jury ever award her a dime if the discrimination was that she has her job, but there is a patient who prefers not to receive her assistance?

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:37am

I'm not sure. I was thinking along those lines, too. I'm on the fence about this one, because, as the article stated, you are dealing with old sick people, lots of them with dementia, and you just aren't going to reeducate them. So, do you upset the old folks or do you upset the caregiver?

I'd certainly have the family sign an ironclad document, though, stating their understanding that if the patient needs emergency help and they don't want black/Asians/or whatever to help, care may be delayed and may result in harm or death the patient.

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:40am

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I'm less than certain that is true.

 


 


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:43am

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Registered: 06-30-2010
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:43am

What if the employer told her the wishes and told they

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:46am

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Registered: 07-15-2010
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:58am

Respect the patient's wishes. Woman has her job.

If anyone should be complaining it should be the white aids who end up having to do the work instead.

You're not going to chance an elderly person's preferences and when they're old, helpless and infirm it's not the nursing homes place to attempt it.

It's too bad the old person will die feeling the way they do but over-reacting to it or making an issue of it doesn't do anyone any good. Not to mention, they are the customer.

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