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Personal Beliefs Can Pit Healthcare Workers Against Patients and Colleagues

Personal Beliefs Can Pit Healthcare Workers Against Patients and Colleagues

John Rossheim / Monster Senior Contributing Writer

Employer-Employee Communication Makes a Difference

Partisans on both sides say it’s important for healthcare workers to inform their employers about what procedures they won’t perform — before they are asked to perform them. Some jurisdictions require such notification.

“A California law requires that pharmacists reveal to their employers which treatments they won’t provide,” says Judy Waxman, vice president for health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center.

Conversely, healthcare employers have a duty to inform job candidates if they won’t tolerate treatment refusals. “Companies need to lay out the terms of the job and the expectations when workers are hired,” says Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics.

Some assert that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forces employers to share the burden of reconciling workers’ beliefs with patients’ rights. “When an employee makes a request based on religious belief, the employer must attempt a reasonable accommodation but need not take on an undue hardship,” says Francis Manion, senior counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice, which represents healthcare workers who have refused to treat.

Still, workers who decline to provide treatment run the risk of alienating peers. “Coworkers will think you’re nuts or evil, but that’s just how life is,” says Kevin McDonnell, a philosophy professor at all-female Saint Mary’s College, which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, and a specialist in medical ethics.


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    BarbaraBriceno

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    Patients right of convenience is ok but a nurse has the same right and it is against God law to take a life so she should not have to a person that it does not bother should be ask to do it and papers should be signed to let employers know that it is her right to say ask someone else to do it. When can take it as love that it is there wish and can see there pain like with cancer I truley thank it is ok.

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    filagator

    over 5 years ago

    8 comments

    In the above scenarios the people who are in their respective professions are being paid to provide a service not to push their own beliefs on others. We may not always agree with someone's personal choices but we do have to perform our jobs which involves treating people holistically and by respecting their choices. For someone to not follow through with another persons care based on their own beliefs I say Mc Donald's is hiring but don't go to Burger King cause there people 'get it' their way. Get off your moral high horse and treat the pt..

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    smschaflePHN

    over 5 years ago

    38 comments

    I don't like the way abortion, euthanasia, and treating a gay person are all lumped together. Abortion and euthanasia are much different then treating a person regardless of age, sex preference or creed. Two are about killing the other about persons rights to be treated medically. Get a grip!

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    crosaros

    almost 6 years ago

    10 comments

    Excuse me, but don't tell me to go and kill a child when it is not deemed a real medical reason or do something against my moral obligations. One thing is to provide REAL medical assistance and another thing is to do something EVIL!!! I have personally refused to perform abortions, if some other health care professional does it then that is their personal issue and choice, but DO NOT FORCE IT ON ME!. We all have our own choices of what we deem appropriate so if your into lame procedures that are called "medical" then that is your problem. I do believe in patients first, but not when it comes to doing what is right or wrong. You who claim that you don't want others to put their moral beliefs on you, you are a hypocrite because you yourself want to push your moral beliefs on others who do not think like you. You are just going to have to eat that fact and deal with coworkers who do have morals. As far as finding another job, maybe you should work in a slaughter house or a baby killing clinic!

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    chattycathy

    almost 6 years ago

    32 comments

    You got it sister!

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    kittymom62

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    If any health care worker has a problem doing their JOB because of MORAL beliefs than maybe those workers need to find another profession. Where in the H@@L do these peopel get off...using their religion bull crap to deny anyone medical attention. What has this country become?? I blame it on the law makers of this country. The law should state that no one is denied medical care for "ANY" reason...whether it be religion or your own personal stance. If anyone is denied care because someone wants to push their moral beliefs on someone else then that person (healthcare) should have their license revoked. To have someone to not fill my birth control because they don't believe in it....please!!! Go find another job!!!

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