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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

Personal Beliefs May Impact Career Choices

Those considering a healthcare career or job change should reflect on how their beliefs align with potential job duties. “Some medical students are required to do abortions, and most of our premed students won’t do them, so they’re going to have a big fight,” McDonnell says.

On the other hand, healthcare workers who believe they must provide any medically appropriate treatment may find themselves curtailed in some settings.

“If you go and work in a Catholic hospital, you are under Catholic healthcare directives, (and) you’re ruled by what the bishops and the pope say,” Waxman says. “Healthcare workers need to know how their activities may be limited by these directives.”


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