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Black Nurses Banned from Caring for Child in Michigan Hospital

Posted by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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Black Nurses Banned from Caring for Child in Michigan Hospital

Hospital facing lawsuit after complying with a swastika-tattooed father's request that only white nurses care for his child.
 

In Michigan,  a neonatal nurse reports that she was removed from her job because a Swastika-tattooed father who didn’t want his daughter treated by any African Americans.

The nurse, Tonya Battle, had been working at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, since 1988. Yet when a newborn girl came into the neonatal intensive care unit recently, Battle was abruptly removed from the case because “the father told the [nurse in charge] that he did not want and African Americans taking care of his baby."

Battle is now suing the hospital for discrimination.

"She [BATTLE]was shocked, offended and in disbelief that she was so egregiously discriminated against based on her race and re-assigned," the court documents read.

The evidence in this case appears overwhelming. Not only was Battle removed from the case, but later she found a note in the baby’s file that read, "No African American nurse to take care of baby."

Neither Battle nor any other nurses of color were allowed to care for the baby for her month-long stay in the hospital.

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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 6:39 PM
She didnt lose her job or any money, right?

Yea, the Dad's a sh*tbag, but I don't see how she lost anything...if anything I wouldn't want to care for the baby because she would have to deal with the racist and who knows how he would act

What if the baby didnt make it and he blamed her..
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UpSheRises
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM
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If he was worried about black peoplw wtf was he doing in Flint?

I don't have a problem with them complying with a parents request, even if its douchey. She wasnt asked to leave, she was reassigned too care for a family that was a better fit. Nursing is as much of a human service as it is a medical service. Hospitals should do what they can to best meet the expressed needs of the families they care for.

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soonergirl980
by Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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Generally, while this parent is a total douchebag, hospitals comply with parents wishes on who treats their kids.

PamR
by Platinum Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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It's hard to believe there are still people around with those attitudes. 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM
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That is crazy. The hospital should have told the Neo-Nazi dad that his racial prohibitions were not constitutional, therefore, the hospital would provide care as they deemed appropriate. And if he didn't like it, there is always the sidewalk outside. As well as other hospitals.

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

I agree.  And if I were the nurse, I wouldn't want to take of them either.  

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

She didnt lose her job or any money, right?

Yea, the Dad's a sh*tbag, but I don't see how she lost anything...if anything I wouldn't want to care for the baby because she would have to deal with the racist and who knows how he would act

What if the baby didnt make it and he blamed her..


SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 9:45 PM

 


Quoting PamR:

It's hard to believe there are still people around with those attitudes. 

LOL,being a white RN taking care of many black pt's,the same thing happens to me,I am convicted of NWW(Nursing While White).  No biggie.

 

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Feb. 15, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Interesting. I am Caucasian, and have been a neonatal nurse for 35 years- most of the time working in a very diverse county in the San Francisco Bay area- I have never, not once, been asked not to be a patient's nurse, for any reason...

I am sure the request was honored for the nurses'/hospital's safety and for liability concerns.

This parent was labeled as a trouble maker- places steer clear of such-

Quoting SandyLaxner:



Quoting PamR:

It's hard to believe there are still people around with those attitudes. 

LOL,being a white RN taking care of many black pt's,the same thing happens to me,I am convicted of NWW(Nursing While White).  No biggie.



broncfan
by Silver Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 6:29 AM

I have been a nurse for 21 years, once in all those years was I told by a parent that they would rather have someone else take care of their child.  It was racial, I was not white enough for the parents and they said I should be taking care of my own race and let the white ladies take care of their own race.  I guess I will sit around and wait for an Asian/American Indian child to come through the door, have yet to see any.  I was thankful to not have to provide care for this child, if her parents were uncomfortable with me they would have been uncomfortable with the care. never thought about suing, just thought how thankful I was that my hospital did not put us in situations that could go terribly wrong.

Carpy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 6:53 AM
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I REALLY hate to admit this, but I agree with sweet.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

She didnt lose her job or any money, right?

Yea, the Dad's a sh*tbag, but I don't see how she lost anything...if anything I wouldn't want to care for the baby because she would have to deal with the racist and who knows how he would act

What if the baby didnt make it and he blamed her..


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