New Jersey University Hires More Staff To Cover Nurses Who Won’t Come Near Abortion Patients


Twelve nurses at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey have argued that conscience clause rules allow them to opt out of absolutely any sort of contact with a patient having an abortion — even standard care such as taking blood pressures or checking a temperature.   As a result of the nurses suing the University for asking them to assist in even the most mundane of pre and post op tasks that would be required for any patient, the center is now being forced to hire additional staff.

Via NJ.com:

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey will hire additional staff to help perform abortions after a group of nurses claimed they were forced to participate in the procedures despite religious objections, the university said Friday night.

“No nurse is compelled to have direct involvement in a procedure to which she or he objects based on his/her cultural values, ethics and/or religious beliefs,” university spokesman Jeffrey Tolvin said in a statement. “At the same time, we needed to find a solution that is in the best interest of the patients we serve. We are therefore hiring additional staff who will provide care to our full complement of patients.”

Some of the actions the nurses declare amounts to “assisting in an abortion”?  Filling out paperwork, or even walking a patient to the door once she has recovered.

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  • crowepps

    If your point of view is that women there to have an abortion are so corrupt and contaminating that even breathing the same air as they is compromising your morals, yes.  I’m surprised the nurses aren’t bringing stones to work with them so they can throw them at the patients.  After all, they are obviously the ’stars’ of this scenario as ‘defenders of life’ (aren’t we special?), and the patients merely bit part actors in their drama.

  • veggietart

    I just hope that if these hospitals need to cut nurses’ hours to keep in their budget, it’s the nurses invoking their “conscience clause” who get their hours cut. If you can’t do ALL functions of the job, find another line of work.

  • pgathome

    these mNurces should learn that they are not suppose to Judge people. What about a drunk in a car accident ? Do you help? aids patient ? Smoker? Where doEs iT stop. These people are in a profession to help. if they can not leave. Discusting.

  • pgathome

    these mNurces should learn that they are not suppose to Judge people. What about a drunk in a car accident ? Do you help? aids patient ? Smoker? Where doEs iT stop. These people are in a profession to help. if they can not leave. Discusting.

  • jennifer-starr

    Aside from aiding doctors in the procedures, the nurses argued that post-operative patient care and administrative duties surrounding the procedures constituted involvement. Those duties could include logging information, drawing blood, taking a temperature and walking patients to the door after an abortion.

     

    Perhaps these sorry excuses for ‘nurses’  would like all the patients receiving abortion care to wear big scarlet ‘A’s’ on their gowns so they know which ones to avoid–or perhaps they’d like to have blindfolds issued so they don’t even have to see them. To not want to be involved with the procedure itself is one thing, but to refuse to do paperwork or take their temperature or even walk them to the door is beyond the pale. It’s disgusting. If these ‘nurses’ don’t feel like doing their job, they should leave the profession or find another place to work. 

  • ahunt

    These women are contemptible…

     

    I imagine that when abortion is once again outlawed, they will refuse to work in the septic wards that will no doubt make a comeback…

     

    New Pro-Life Mantra…Die Bitch, Die.

     

     

  • ahunt

    And yes…these women need their hours cut…

  • crowepps

    This is an interim agreement while the on-going lawsuit proceeds through the courts.  At this point their jobs are absolutely secure; if any of them are fired they will complain that they are being persecuted over their lawsuit.

    Aside from the boneheadedness of their stance, I find it really troubling that all the OB/GYN patients are now going to be sorted into ‘good’ patients and ‘bad’ patients so that these judgmental harpies can avoid the patient files from the ‘sinners’ and only process insurance or call down to the lab for the ‘moral’ patients.  Seems to me the way to handle their reluctance would be to transfer them to a part of the hospital where they won’t have any contact with any OB/GYN patients at all.

  • crowepps

    That’s not new, that’s the foundation of their cause and present from the very first protest: Women who have sex deserve to die.