Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
Being in the hospital is an incredibly trying time. Having a baby in the hospital is incredibly trying. Dealing with cancer or leukemia, very trying. None of those difficulties make discrimination okay OR make an attitude of "I should get whatever I PAY FOR and whatever I want" okay, IMO.
Where did I say he didn't?
And yes, people can request whatever they want, but the idea that they get to handpick their care 100% of the time is incredibly entitled, the idea that a hospital should further be somehow indebted to them because of the insurance money they are paying is more entitled.
I believe that a poor person should get the same care that a millionaire should. I do however, believe that the in a hospital situation the patient is the employer and the hospital/staff is the employee. As a patient (or parent of the patient) you have to be able to take charge of your own care.
He refused to allow that AA nurse to touch his baby. Yes, that is refusing her care. The nurse wasn't being obnoxious, unless you consider being black obnoxious, so I don't understand how you are comparing the two. My son recently needed emergency surgery. The they don't staff pediatric ENT, so the one on call had to be called in to perform the emergency surgery. He happened to be a white older gentleman. Because my sons condition was critical he could not be transferred, and that was the only pediatric ENT surgeon on call that night. I do not believe that just because you consider me the employer in this situation I had the right to refuse his care because, say, I hated old people. And I believe that if the delay in the hospital trying to allow for my discrimination had caused my child harm, I should have been charged with a crime. I don't believe that nurses are less important than Dr's and I don't believe that being discriminatory against black people is different from being discriminatory against old people. And I don't believe that hospitals should cater to either brand of discrimination, ever. The patient can leave if that is not okay with them. THe patient then assumes the risk of leaving AMA, IMO.
Bonita I think?Bottom line, you shouldn't need to give a reason to request a different caregiver, and no one should be able to say someone else's reason for such a request isn't good enough
Spacers, I think?IMO yes, you have a right to request a different nurse/doctor for any reason.
SpacersIt doesn't matter what his reason was, if she was wearing Mickey Mouse scrubs and he's boycotting Disney, he still has the right to request a different nurse and the hospital has an obligation to try to accomodate his request.
Bonitabut if you are paying half a million dollars to have your baby in the NICU, you should be able to ask for someone that you are comfortable with.