Religious Tracks on Bulletin Board At Work

  1. There was a track on the bulletin board advertising someone's church. "After you see The Passion, come worship with us..." This board has no other person items on it, only work and nursing related information.

    I took it down and threw it away, as I periodically weed old information from this bulletin board.

    Was I right or wrong in your opinion?

    I understand very well the command of Christ to bring all to need to hear the Word to the Way. However, there's a time and place and the bulletin board at work is not it.

    What's the policy where you work about religion and bulletin boards, or leaving stuff around at work? Does it bother you?

    (This is in an area where no family member could have put it. It could have been housekeeping or another department though.)

    (Flame proof suit on. So fire away. )
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   RNPATL
    I think you did the right thing Tweety. Work related items on the BB are appropriate. Of course, if your facility policy allows for personal items to be placed on the work BB, then that is a different story, however, most places that I have ever worked would not allow that type of information to be posted. No flame here.
  4. by   nursemaa
    I put up a bulletin board in my staff's lounge for personal things, like pictures, jokes, cards, etc. That way they can post stuff like that and leave the "official" boards for work-related items. I don't get fussy about what they post unless it is blatantly rude or inappropriate. I wouldn't consider an invitation to worship inappropriate, as long as it was posted on "their" board. The bulletin boards in public areas are for official business only.
  5. by   eltrip
    Tweety,
    You did the right thing!
  6. by   jnette
    Depends on whether it was a "personal items" BB or "official" hospital business BB. If it was an official BB strictly for business, it should not be there. If it's a BB for anyone to put up stickies or other ads, invitations, business cards, etc., then I'd have left it alone.

    Odd, how geographic areas vary... here, it would never have been considered even worth the discussion...questioned, nor frowned upon.
  7. by   PennyLane
    I find that inappropriate, unless of course you work for a Catholic hospital. I wouldn't choose to work in a Catholic hospital mainly so I could avoid stuff like that. I also think you did the right thing.
  8. by   Katnip
    I work in a Catholic hospital and we don't have things like that posted on our BBs. As a matter of fact most people who work and go there aren't Catholic.

    Tweety, I think you did the right thing. If it were a BB where people posted personal things like party time and all that, then I would have ignored it. But if it's a board that's used for work related items, I would have taken it down, too.

    There's a time and place for everything.
  9. by   Dave ARNP
    If it's a professional BB, then it needed to go.
    Personal BB, then I would let it be.

    I'm sure either way that you thought the situation through and made a decision that was best for everyone.

    -Dave
  10. by   nurseygrrl
    If I saw something like that, I would probably just leave it there. I am a lot more tolerant than most people and most times I don't even think twice about stuff like that. There is a group that comes into my facility passing out religious pamphlets to our residents. Sometimes they'll leave a few on the nurses station and I've seen some staff members get so angry about it. I think, who cares? If you don't like it, then don't read it. I just feel life's too short to let the small stuff get to ya.

    Not that I think what you did was wrong, Tweety. You did what you felt was best. I'm just stating what I'd have done in the same situation.
  11. by   Tweety
    Quote from jnette
    Depends on whether it was a "personal items" BB or "official" hospital business BB. If it was an official BB strictly for business, it should not be there. If it's a BB for anyone to put up stickies or other ads, invitations, business cards, etc., then I'd have left it alone.

    Odd, how geographic areas vary... here, it would never have been considered even worth the discussion...questioned, nor frowned upon.

    Jnette, as I stated it was a bb for work/nursing related stuff only. Most of the people probably didn't bat an eye, and it probably was just me, and I was kind of wondering if I was being too sensitive. But I guess it's just a matter of opinion and background. Work is not the place to evangelize in my opinion. Of course some people would disagree.

    Thanks for everyone's input.
  12. by   purplemania
    so if there was a note about a beer bust at someone's house Friday nite would you throw that away too? Why couldn't you just ignore it?
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm with the majority here . . personal BB - leave it. Work related - ok to take it down or place it on the personal BB.

    However, our business BB is in our "coffeehaus" and alot of personal stuff just gets posted and I generally leave it alone.

    I also agree that if someone comes by the nurses station and leaves pamphlets, don't sweat it. If you don't want to read it then toss it.

    steph
  14. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Devil's Advocate here.
    If it was an invitation to a Muslim/Jewish/other religious thing, would you have taken it down too? If so, then you did the right thing. If not, well...... :uhoh21:

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