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Lessons Learned from Litigation: Discrimination Against Nurses

Brous, Edie JD, MS, MPH, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: February 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 2 - p 60–63
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000480499.71469.ba
Legal Clinic

What if a patient doesn't want to be cared for by a provider against whom the patient harbors a personal bias?

Nurses cannot refuse to care for a patient based on an individual bias, but what if it's the patient who doesn't want to be cared for by a certain provider? Can or should an accommodation be made to indulge a patient's bigotry?

Edie Brous is a nurse and attorney in New York City and the coordinator of Legal Clinic: ediebrous@aol.com. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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