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UK ‘Praying Nurse’ Can Return To Work

A little good news for a change, from the UK’s Times:

Victory for suspended Christian nurse

February 6, 2009

The nurse who was suspended without pay for offering to pray for a patient’s recovery has been reinstated and will return to work in the next few days.

Caroline Petrie, an evangelical Christian from Weston-super-Mare, was subjected to disciplinary action by North Somerset Primary Care Trust even though the patient was not offended and made no complaint.

Mrs Petrie, who was supported by the Christian Legal Centre, was summoned last week to a disciplinary hearing on the charge that she had failed to demonstrate a "personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity".

North Somerset Primary Care Trust said yesterday that it recognised Mrs Petrie, a mother of two, had been acting in the "best interests of her patients" and that nurses did not have to "set aside their faith" in the workplace and could "continue to offer high-quality care for patients while remaining committed to their beliefs".

It also conceded that for some people prayer was an "integral part of health care and the healing process"…

The turnaround by the trust comes amid a tightening up by Government on how far public sector workers can go in communicating their faith.

According to a document published by the Department of Health last month, any attempt by a doctor or nurse to proselytise during the course of their work is to be considered harassment or intimidation and will be subject to disciplinary procedures.

Religion or Belief: A Practical Guide for the NHS states that preaching or attempting to convert people in a workplace environment "can cause many problems, as non-religious people and those from other religions or beliefs could feel harassed and intimidated by this behaviour"…

We suspect Ms. was only reinstated because of the publicity surrounding her suspension.

Mind you, if she had been a Muslim, she would have been held up as an example of their general wonderfulness and given a nice raise.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “UK ‘Praying Nurse’ Can Return To Work”

  1. jrmcdonald says:

    What about that Muslim Doctor who attacked a hospital? Was he suspended for ‘failed to demonstrate a “personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity?’

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Damn McD, you stole my thunder! Mine was, “If she were a Muslim, they’d be spraying her & the patient off the ceiling after the blast.”

      Gee, now I feel kinda bad…OK! I’m over it.! Next?

  2. heykev says:

    It’s sad to see anyone get in trouble for offering to pray with/for a patient. It’s been shown to improve patients recovery to have someone pray with/for them.

    I believe the is something we can expect to see here after a few more years of BHO in office and him placing 100’s of liberal judges on the bench. I do not expect the Republicans to have found either their principals or cojones. They always seem to misplace either one or the other (if not both).

  3. polemos says:

    “commitment to equality and diversity”

    It would appear that faith in Jesus doesn’t fall into that category.

    Speaking to the sick and dieing about God is ” considered harassment or intimidation” is my personal favorite. Coming to a Government run health care facility near you soon!!! I can see it now, witch doctors, shamans, muslim clerics, atheists and wiccan’s all on standby to minister to the needs of the sick and dieing in our state run hospitals. Any mention of Jesus Christ will be prohibited of course.

  4. Trogdor says:

    As if praying for someone is the same as proselytizing. I even pray for Barack Obama, but I don’t expect him to change and suddenly become a Christian!

    Oh, hi all, just registered.

  5. beautyofreason says:

    “Mind you, if she had been a Muslim, she would have been held up as an example of their general wonderfulness and given a nice raise.”

    Good point. I read an article about female U.K. Muslim doctors who had a problem with scrubbing up to the forearms, because it was considered “immodest” despite risks to the patients – germ theory be damned.

    Here’s that article. Political correctness is nauseating these days. I doubt any one of these Islamic idiots has been “suspended.”

    “Muslim doctors refuse to ‘scrub up’ in U.K hospitals”

    “According to a report in The Telegraph, the measure has been deemed necessary to stop the spread of infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile, which have killed hundreds.

    Some female Muslim students at a children’s hospital have already objected to rolling up their sleeves to wear gowns. “

  6. chestnutt says:

    We as Christians WILL be persecuted in every way possible.

    This is just the beginning…Be prepared to fight.

    The Muslims (peace-loving as they are) will get a pass…Mark my words.

  7. The Redneck says:

    Not only would she be praised to the skies, she’d also be called a victim of bigotry and referred to endlessly as “brave”.

  8. imnewatthis says:

    I hope our country doesn’t get as bad in my lifetime- but it probably will. BTW, I work at a Catholic hospital but we’re not supposed to discuss Catholicism with our patients. However, there is a “sister” there who teaches the kids about new age and Buddhist type stuff.

  9. Icarus says:

    “Caroline Petrie is the face of what happens when equality and diversity laws that were created in the name of tolerance actually impose intolerance”

    From the Telegraph:

    Nurse Caroline Petrie: I will continue praying for patients

    Caroline Petrie, who has been reinstated as a community nurse, said she did not think she would be doing her job properly if she was forbidden from offering spiritual comfort to her patients.

    “It is me, it is a natural thing for me to do,” she said. “If I am nursing, I would offer prayer to somebody and I am not going to change.” …

    Two months later, after her case appeared in the media, North Somerset Primary Care Trust relented and said she could come back to work, but Mrs Petrie did not know about the decision until she was contacted by The Daily Telegraph.

    Yesterday the mother-of-two said she would behave in exactly the same way: “I cannot divide my faith from my nursing care, I have to be the person I want to be.

    “I have had a passion about going into nursing since I was about seven. It is all about loving and caring for each other and offering support.”

    In the trust’s statement, it said it recognised the fact that Mrs Petrie felt she was acting in the “best interests” of her patients.

    It went on: “It is acceptable to offer spiritual support as part of care when the patient asks for it.

    “But for nurses, whose principal role is giving nursing care, the initiative lies with the patient and not with the nurse.

    “Nurses like Caroline do not have to set aside their faith, but personal beliefs and practices should be secondary to the needs and beliefs of the patient and the requirements of professional practice.”

    Yesterday, Mrs Petrie said the guidance was still unclear and she would not be able to comply to such conditions.

    “If they said ‘please don’t ask patients to pray’ then I am sorry, I can’t promise that, so where do we go from there? I would have to contact my lawyer.”

    Mrs Petrie is represented by the Christian Legal Centre, which described the hospital’s climbdown as a “victory for common sense”.

    But CLC spokeswoman Andrea Williams said the nurse’s case was part of a growing trend to ostracise religion from society.

    “Caroline Petrie is the face of what happens when equality and diversity laws that were created in the name of tolerance actually impose intolerance.

    “Caroline doesn’t feel that her faith and work life can be separated and I am seeing an increasing number of cases like this. Many people are now scared and frightened about what they are and are not allowed to say.”

    Mrs Petrie, who became a Christian at the age of 10 after her mother died from breast cancer, qualified as a nurse in 1985 and started working as a community nurse for the North Somerset trust in February last year.

    She said that in 24 years of nursing that she had only been asked to pray by a patient on three occasions, but had offered to pray for people on hundreds of occasions without complaint.

    She said she had only received two objections, once when she produced home-made prayer cards and this most recent incident.


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