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This is a question the Jehovah's Witness religion has specifically addressed and no, Witnesses are not forbidden by religious beliefs from administering blood transfusions to non-JW patients according to the Watchtower. It's one thing to refuse someone care based on religious views, but there's even less of a valid argument to be made for refusing care based on requiring the patient to follow your religious views rather than being allowed to practice their own.

Tell this to the RFRA wingnuts refusing to make a gay wedding cake.

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This question is no different that the fundamentalist Christian who refuses to care for a homosexual with HIV, or a Lesbian couple with a new baby in LDRP setting.

.. or again a Christian and chose not to care for someone with complications from an abortion the list goes on and on.

I am a fundamentalist Christian and would gladly care for any of these patients. It's what Jesus would have done...

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The OP just signed up and posted a question about religion and ethics that sounds like it came from a textbook.

Obviously this is a student assigned to obtain nurses points of view or she is looking for nurses to write her paper.

It's dishonest and misleading to do this when there is a nursing student assistance forum.

... where we will say, "Is this homework? Tell us what you think before we chime in."

For those of you who don't regularly hang out in the student fora, I recommend this as an approach. Saves resentment and teaches the students to learn more than "Duh, I'll just hit 'send' and get the answer to paste into my homework."

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Thread moved to Ethics/Religion forum.

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Tell this to the RFRA wingnuts refusing to make a gay wedding cake.

Wedding cakes are gay now, eh Gooselady? :D ;)

I am a fundamentalist Christian and would gladly care for any of these patients. It's what Jesus would have done...

Me too. I have no problem with any of those examples.

My one bias that I will reveal is drug addicts. We nursing students were asked on the first day of school to go home and think about where we might be biased against a patient. Coming from a family of addicts and the terrible repercussions they caused, I said drug addicts (mostly meth-related).

I have always been glad for this assignment - it helped me be on the watch for not giving the same care I give all patients.

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I worked with a Jehovah's Witness nurse who would not hang blood or blood products. She monitored her patients and otherwise gave excellent care to all her patients.

She was always eager to help her fellow nurses with lifting or in any way. I think that kept us willing to hand blood for her patients. It was not common for her patients to need administration of blood and/or blood products.

Recently I met a nurse of 15 years who just earned her BSN. She is Jehovah's Witness and does hand blood. She cares for her patients according to their needs and wishes. She said she believes that is as God wants.

I know nurses who are Muslim and Orthodox Jews who serve and feed pork to their patients.

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I am a fundamentalist Christian and would gladly care for any of these patients. It's what Jesus would have done...

In fact, delivery of care to people who need care, regardless of creed, color, religion, etc is exactly what we are supposed to do. Nursing care of people is not about the religious or spiritual needs of the nurse, it is about the health needs of the patient.

If a person believes that their faith can be damaged by caring for or serving someone who does not share their faith or who participates in a behavior that the person disagrees with, I would submit that the faith of that person is worthless and their god is powerless to protect or save them.

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I worked with a Jehovah's Witness nurse who would not hang blood or blood products. She monitored her patients and otherwise gave excellent care to all her patients.

She was always eager to help her fellow nurses with lifting or in any way. I think that kept us willing to hand blood for her patients. It was not common for her patients to need administration of blood and/or blood products.

Recently I met a nurse of 15 years who just earned her BSN. She is Jehovah's Witness and does hand blood. She cares for her patients according to their needs and wishes. She said she believes that is as God wants.

I know nurses who are Muslim and Orthodox Jews who serve and feed pork to their patients.

Those Professionals understood that practicing their profession is NOT ABOUT THEM, it is about the needs of their patients.

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