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“No Black Nurses” Lawsuit Filed Against Hospital

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A Michigan woman has filed a lawsuit against the hospital she works for after an incident in October which she says was entirely based on discrimination.

Tonya Battle says she was working in the neonatal intensive care unit last year when she was pulled from her duties as caretaker of an infant at Hurley Medical Center after the baby’s father asked to speak to a supervisor. The man allegedly showed the supervisor a swastika tattoo and asked that a white nurse be assigned to his child, and the hospital complied. Battle says the next day there was a note on the child’s file which read, “No African-American nurse to take care of baby.”

“I felt like I froze,” Battle said. “I just was really dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe that’s why he was so angry (and) that’s why he was requesting my charge nurse. I think my mouth hit the floor. It was really disbelief.”

Though Battle says the note was eventually removed from the file once the hospital’s legal team got involved, there were no black nurses allowed to care for the baby for a period of about a month beforehand. She is seeking damages for emotional stress, mental anguish, humiliation and damage to her reputation and says she was shocked at the blatant act of discrimination.

“No Black Nurses” Lawsuit Filed Against Hospital
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  • http://Huh? mike

    There is no way that could have really happened. She made that up. there is no disgusting racism like that left in America. shut up…

    • jason malinoski

      If it doesn’t fit into your narrow little view of the world, it must be wrong. What a chump you are.

    • Taffy

      Please tell me you’re joking! There most certainly is this type of “disgusting racism” left in this country!

      • StrongNurse

        If you only knew how much I wish it wasn’t true. But unfortunately it is. Racism is still very much alive today. Listen to the white man who disguised himself as a black man. Look it up on the internet. He talks about his experience. It was not a good one.

  • http://www.webpronews.com mike

    Shut up. There is no disgusting racism like that left in America. she has to be making that up.

    • Nicole

      She did not lie. The hospital’s legal team did get involved. The father was a Nazi, and it makes sense that he did not want a black nurse touching his child. However, I do not know what the hospital was thinking. They should not have complied with that. He should have taken his baby to another hospital. These Nazi’s are living in the dark ages. There will be plenty more times that his child will be in the hospital as he/she grows up, because that is a normal routine in life: whether it is for emergencies or check ups. This father better wake up because there are some hospitals that have a lot of black nurses and doctors. What happens when he goes to a hospital and there are not white nurses on duty during that shift? Will be put his bigotry aside if it is a life or death situation or will he let his child remain ill or possibly die to avoid being touched by a black nurse or doctor? Ignorance is as ignorance does.

    • StrongNurse

      Mike, are you just being sarcastic? It would seem like everyone would be aware of this. But I guess everyone does not know everything. And some things are better not to know. Maybe if I lived and worked around where you do, I wouldn’t know either. That would be such a nice feeling. But unfortunately things are bad where I’m at. Really bad. If you could walk in my shoes one day, you would see a side of life that may shock you and make you question everything you think know or don’t know. When I was a small child, I remember all us kids played together. We didn’t see color. I never imagined the world was what it is.

  • Geanna

    Here you go why could it not be true.

    • http://webpronews.com sky

      Racism will always be alive and thriving as long as people
      think the color of their skin makes them superior to others.

  • TaSheria

    That is messed up that something like this would even happen. And for those of you who think that there is no “disgusting racism like this left in America”, you are wrong. Just because integration is in effect does not mean that people are still not racist. How ignorant, stupid, insensitive and dumb you are for believing that these types of actions have vanished, MIKE!

    • Ron

      Good for you TaSheria. Racism is no laughing matter. Anyone who believes that it has been gotten rid of should just look around. It is every where. Not just in the color of the skin but in every day life. People use racism as a means to put their problems on to someone else,because they are afraid to except the responsibilities for their own short comings in life. Not every one is the same that is a fact.

  • gwen

    all our lives we have always been nanny to white children, we have practically raised them from babies and he has the adacity to say no black nurse. THAT WERE SATAN SPEAKING AND NOT THAT RACIST!!!

  • Michael

    In case anyone thought we were in a post racial society, NOT. The pendulum is actually swinging in the opposite direction.

  • jkeb

    This is obvisouly an act to get some cash. Hospitals try to accuomdate the patient and it was the patients descision the fact she is suing the hospital proves shes going after the big bucks. Take notice she didnt go after the person who asked she not take care of the kid in first place.

    • jkeb

      and if anything the woman could have taken care of other babies and not worried about the raciest parents and instead did her job and took care of other babies who had parents not so racist

      • http://webpronews Beth

        thats easy to say unless you have been in the same situation…and by you surely being white you don;t know and have never been there

    • jkeb

      it should damage her rep more that shell sue the employer at the drop of a hat to make some cash.

      • barbara

        You toldly ignore the responsibilities of health professionals, who are ethically required to provide health care to all patients no matter what their race, ethnicity or gender is.

      • StrongNurse

        The hospital should be sued. They became guilty when they enforced the discrimination. The hospital were the greedy ones. They allowed this nurse to be mistreated and humiliated so they could get paid from that horrible man. I’ve been in nursing a long time and there are alot of things that I don’t talk about because its just too much. I know what really happens in hospitals and health care facilities to black nurses. And things aren’t getting any better.

    • EndRacismNow

      Shut up U sound like an ass

    • Nicole

      The hospital is supposed to accomodate the parents when it is within reason. They should have sent them to another hospital if that was such a crucial issue for the father.

    • Taffy

      It’s wrong period! Trying to spin this as something right and defending the father is an insult!

  • http://webpronews William Pettus

    If the dad wishes his child to be cared for by a nurse of a specific race or nationality I believe that is his option, not a choice of some employee . This is how the race card is spun !They are playing to strip you of your freedoms ,ETC !

    • http://webpronews Beth

      @william Pettus… you must be a racist…there is no spinning of the race card here… the only thing racist is your comment and the father with a (swastika tattoo) of this poor lil baby…if he didn’t want a black to be around his baby why didn’t he go somewhere with all whites like they usually do….

      • Nicole

        Great comment Beth. The father did not go to another hospital because that hospital caved to his request. Even if he went to another hospital he would have run into the same problem because the reality is, we blacks are everywhere.

    • Taffy

      It was wrong, period. Please stop trying to spin it and make it right. The hospital has an obligation to take care of their employees, as well.

    • Mackerelcover

      No it is not the choice of the father who cares for his new born child. It is the nurse in charge who makes that decision based on what is best for his baby and who is the most qualifies nurse on duty at the time. He is a stupid man obviously and his attitude speaks poorly of his being able to raise a stable well educated adult.

    • barbara

      The hospital majority responsibility is to ensure that their patients are care for by competent professionals. Using the race card ignorances professional competent. Health professionals are ethically require to provide health care to all patients no matter what their beliefs are about people who differ from them racially, ethnically or by gender. I wonder if parents would make the same choice if their the infant’s was in serious respiratory distress and if the black nurse was the only experienced health professional available capable of saving their child.

      • StrongNurse

        The sad part about it is some still would act the same. That black nurse could jump through hoops trying to save that patient and stabilize them. In the end, the family may still look at them as that incompetent black nurse. Especially when they already have preconceived steriotypes about the nurse. And a nonminority nurse could have that same patient and do nothing to keep that patient stable all day and it wouldn’t be a problem. I’ve seen some crazy things go down that some of you would probably think I’m making up. And let me tell you, I wish I was.

  • Randee

    Talk about prejudice – now, maybe people will understand why certain members of Congress won’t really work with Obama. His “sin” not only is he half black, but his Father is black & his Mother white – a double “crime” to some people.
    As long as Hate Groups are given legitimacy in the U.S.A. this will continue to happen – remember, they bring up children & poison their minds while they are young.
    What would have happened if the newborn needed a transfusion & the only donor was not White? Would the father have let the baby die????? (I put “father”, in this case, in lower letters because he is only a donor as far as I’m concerned – a real Father would have wanted only the best nurses to take care of his child.

  • Margaret

    I think the hospital should have told the father that the BLACK nurse might just be the one to save his baby’s life!! That is horrendous that his hatred would be respected by the hospital to begin with….shame on them…

    • Brownie

      As ignorant as was this father, he probably would have rather let the child perish if having a Black nurse would be the only way to save the child

  • Shirley O’Neal

    I believe that if I am paying for a service I should have the right to choose who I get the service from.

    • Taffy

      Right, sweetheart, but what if a person of color is the most qualified person to provide that service? Think about that. Anyway you spin this, it is very, very, wrong, Okay!

    • barbara

      Would you prefer to have a incompetence non-black nurse or a competence black nurse. I understand the making asking for the chance if the nurse was incompetence. The choice should have been based on the competence of the nurse and not skin color, gender or ethnicity. Apparently, the parents believed that race not competence was important for their child. Pretty sad. The hospital handled the situation very badly. There were other means that could have been used, such providing the parents a choice of having their infant cared for at another hospital.

    • Nicole

      Folks are so funny, trying to defend ignorance which says a lot. Soon folks will defend black people not getting served in a restaurant like it’s the 1960s because “if the racist owns the restaurant he/she should have to right to refuse service based on race.” @ Shirley, just curious. If the father was not paying for the service and if medicaid was paying, does he still have the right to choose who he gets the service from? Why is there even an assumption that he is paying for the service?

  • http://yahoo Jeaux

    wrong? yes! But each of us has the right to choose who can care for our loved ones. It is not a case of discrimination on the part of the hospital, just the jerk father. Sad the nurse sees it as an opportunity to make some cash. If she truely is fighting against discrimination, any award should be given to charity. Just watch, that will never happen!!!

    • EndRacismNow

      that same nurse would get fired for refusal of service based on color wrong is wrong

    • Taffy

      Yes, of course, the hospital needs to respect the consumers wishes. However, the hospital is responsible to support their and advocate for their employee’s, as well.

    • Brownie

      Then “each of us” should go where “each of us” can find those who think like “each of us”, and not to a public hospital.

    • Nicole

      When a black person sues, they must give their money away to an organization to prove something to others. When a white person sues, they must keep it because they have nothing to prove. If she won a settlement, why would she have to give her money away. She is the one who endured what happened. The hospital is liable because they were supposed to back the nurse and the father could have went to another hospital.

  • http://webpronews.com sky

    Racism is so alive. I applaud the person who said it is disgusting.
    Look at the fiasco of the presidential election.
    Voter Suppression Tactics that was supposed to be a 1950′s racial matter and yet it is still here.

    If we all keep our eyes on the prize and apply the fairness of the Constitution; the thieves who robbed America blind and put us in a recession would not have been able to pull it off.

    • Stephen

      Quit trying to make the case that requiring a photo ID to vote is racist. It should be required for everyone regardless of their race. Race is not the issue. Voter fraud is. The laws are not intended to prevent a legitimate voter from voting. They are to prevent illegitimate voters from voting. Interesting to note that in every state that had no voter ID laws, Obama won the state. If you don’t understand that voter fraud took place on a large scale in the last election, then I have some swamp land in Florida that you would probably be interested in.

      • barbara

        Except South Carolina

  • Glen

    Hurtful, yes, but worthy of a lawsuit? No. How many stories have we seen of people from other religions making requests in terms of who can care for them (i.e. no men)?

    • Taffy

      It’s wrong, honey, stop making excuses, Okay!

    • Brownie

      It is worthy of a lawsuit……to have your skill and talent demeaned by your employer in such a way. Not blaming the ignorant parent……that’s his right to do as he chooses. But the hospital administrators should have assured the parent that nursing care is not assigned by color or race or creed, but by skill levels….those who are skilled to care for certain conditions are assigned to do so. It would have been the parent’s right to accept or reject that care. But the hospital acted in a way that demeaned its own employee. Don’t fool yourselves into thinking or believing that other employees weren’t snickering and making fun of that employee……because that is, unfortunately, human nature in today’s world.

    • StrongNurse

      The hospital needs to be held accountable for that nurses pain and suffering being that they continued to carry it out. Instead of standing up for the nurse, they sold out for a dollar, mistreating and humiliating the nurse. They are always holding the nurse to the highest and most of the time unreasonable standards. Its time the hospitals stand up and take responsibility for something.

  • Dee

    Obviously the hospital’s legal team knew they were wrong because they removed the note

    • Mackerelcover

      All hospitals have what is called a “risk assessment” team, in other words lawyers. But unfortunately they are most often called in after the fact, not before some one makes a mistake like this one.

  • L

    I wonder what would happen if the baby was in distress and no one was around to help but a African-American nurse?

  • Margaret

    If the nurse was incompetant then yes, he should have requested she not take care of the baby…but because she was black… please..pure ignorance….when you enter a hospital you need to leave your prejudices at the door…the nurses and doctors are there for one purpose, and I must say…speaking as a nurse….color is not a issue…we treat all people as human beings…with nothing but their best interest at heart…this is the wrong arena to allow hatred to rule…I guess if he had swastika he didnt want any Jewish nurses either….I bet my life if his ass was in the bed and he was in pain or bleeding he wouldnt care what color the nurse was….

  • http://webpronews.com sky

    Ironic, I think we are missing the point. If I remember we had to kick the Nazi’s butts…..lol

    So, if you want to be technical–why would the Nazi sticker hold any significance.

    Hitler-was killing everyone no matter of color.

    Now, what if all the Nurses were Jewish–would the hospital had complied with the Nazi’s wishes.

  • EndRacismNow

    I want the best person to care for my newborn and family period, I wonder who would get sued if she refused to care for that child because it was white, that child will grow up and have its own opinion and views of the world that’s not poisionus…otherwise it’s CROSS BURNINGS, HATE RALLIES, INCEST and who knows what else a damn shame!

  • http://www.webpronews.com mike

    Some people are taught to hate at an early age. But, when they grow up they realize that love thy neighbor is better. Anyway nurses wear those chemical suits so they dont really touch the babies.

  • http://webpronews.com Shonda

    Why would anyone make this up and pay an attorney? I am a nurse and I doubt that she just has money set aside to pay an attorney. The baby’s father should have considered the possibility of a black nurse and did his research before his wife even went into labor and made arrangements to go to an all white hospital (yes I’m sure that there are all white hospitals b/c there are still all white communities)or have his baby at home.

    • Taffy

      Very inappropriate! That’s the nicest thing I can say about your comment. It makes the point that racism is still alive and well.

  • http://yahoo Rita

    I thought and it definitely seemed we were getting along better than we ever had until we got obummer!!! Then everything changed> i wish black people born in America would stop calling themselves African Americans!! They are Americans and generations removed from Africa! It is so very rare to here people from other countries say they are anything but Americans!!! Except the muslims and the rags they cover with!!

  • http://Google Shirley Nurse

    I hope she wins a large amount of money the nerve of this hospital this is discrimnation BLOOD has no color doubt if he had insurance using federal money to fuse his racist views the nurse was the best in the unit NURSE not black NURSE do you know the credientials it take to work on neonatal Unit Tons of tests and certifications they are the top of the corp of nursing! he should be glad a nurse of that caliber was assign to his infant a sad day when there is discrimnation in this matter hope the equal opportunity feds get involve the legal team was smart but the supervisor should be fired!

  • Ron

    Racism is alive and well in this country today just as it was in the 50′s,60′s,and 70′s and mike is full of crap if he believes that it isn’t real. The trouble with people is they look only at the color of a persons skin not what is in side. I have met all types of people around the World and there is good and bad in all races but people who believe that there should be only one race and that race white are the dumbest ones of all. I wonder what those people would do if Christ was to show today. Wouldn’t they get a big surprise to find that what they believe isn’t true.

    • Marcel

      I came to this country and Black people were interesting to me as in my country I never saw one. I became friends with some and longer that I’ve been in US (15 years now) less I like all people living in ghetto which most of them happen to be black. On top of all of that they will insult you about being white yet they isolate themselves and exclude white people (BET channel pure example) and soon as they are not getting something their way they use “oh its because I’m black” No its because you’re a lowlife trying to get stuff for free. In this case she has been treated by her staff just like everyone else for years (otherwise she would of filled a lawsuit before) In hospital she feels like a minority because most black men choose to do illegal stuff and not go to school. while most black women choose to have 3-4 kids so government provides them with food stamps insurance and money for living so they don’t get educated either.

      Go ahead call me racist because I’m conveying the truth to you. But I do have African-American friends whom I respect who chose the right path.

  • http://webpronewslife Mike

    I am a white male nurse who works in the cardiac intensive care unit. I sometimes have patients who request a female nurse instead of me. I do not feel offeneded because a patient prefers a female over me. It is the patient who is the customer and if we can oblidge a request, then so be it. We have also had patients who request a certain ethnic nurse since this makes it more comfortable for the patient. If a patient requested a black male nurse over me, I could care less. I also live in the Detroit area and work at a major hospital. Whoever this nurse is who is suing, obviously feels that she is being cheated from something…but what? Give me a break! Get a life!

    • Taffy

      I’m sorry I think you miss the point. Not wanting someone to serve them because they are Black or of any color other than White has a whole different meaning than preferring someone because they are a man or a woman.

      • barbara

        As a black female nurse, I have seen discrimination against male nurses by female patients that were just as inappropriate and hurtful to a male nurse. The focus should be on the professional nurse who can provide the best nursing care needed.

  • http://webpronews William Pettus

    Want to see who is the racist,the most racist in the world are africans who are just waiting for an excuse to pump up a lawsuit so they can get a freebie .It,s really something most of them have been taught by those who want to keep the spin going so they can con the suckers into giving their resourses to them !Those in the know are called uncle Tom,s etc and other names to try & beat them down .Check it out, see for your self !

  • Margaret

    Rest assured the father would sue the hospital if something happened to his baby and the black nurse stood by. I say she should go for the lawsuit! And I hope she wins!!! Its not always about the money…its the principle…

  • http://www.webpronews.com mike

    Racism is dead. It died with Dick Cheney. The child will grow up learning to hate and never know the real truth. That Dick Cheney was related to President Obama and then Cheney killed himself on 9/11.

    • Nicole

      Mike, Dick Cheney is not dead.

  • http://yahoo E Jenkins

    I think the hospital and the racist jerk should be sued……………….

  • Bryan

    I feel that if the man did not want a black nurse to touch his child he should have went to an all white hospital. Yes it is hurtful and it is sad but the bottom line is that we have the right to choose who we want to serve us rather it be a hamburger or medical help. I think that the law suit is a bit much but I understand that the hospital needs to stand by thier employees. An should not have put the note on the chart if you think about it, it may have put the child in danger someone see that and want to get even with the father so I do feel that the hospital was in the wrong.

  • SF

    Yes; it is unfortunate that discrimination still exist. However, in this situation, I believe the hospital acted in the best interest of all, given the circumstances in which they were presented. If the baby has been in the hospital for a month, something is seriously wrong with this infant’s health; to warrant a type of stay in a hospital. If this African American (I’d be interested in his exact ethnic group, i.e. Nigerian, African, etc. or American) man; has branded himself with a tattoo, believed to be a Swastika; he crazy!

    I would like to believe; the decision was based in the best interest of the hospital; patients and its employees. A decision was made to defuse a critical situation; until new information was delivered to ALL members in a team environment. This is said, without knowledge of recurring situations being practiced at this facility; or the offended nurse’s previous experiences while being an employee for however many years she has employed in the medical industry. I don’t believe the hospital should be held responsible for how a customer (patient) they are serving feels); nor, should their employees be subject to discrimination while on the job. The variables are not revealed in this story i.e. is there an option on the pre-admittance form allowing incoming patient’s to request a certain ethnic staff member attend to their needs; or in most instances are medical staff presented with these cases after being admitted and in the best interest of the child in this case; an accommodation was made.

    What needs to happen is a prayer vigil for this child and their father!

    • KB

      Very, very good response SF. I can not believe a supposedly highly professional,highly educated facility could not think of that. A hospital. Very very scary. And that would have been the end. They (the hospital) discriminated against her.The father,yes, he could request for whatever he wants, he has that right to do so.But no the hospital should not have compiled with such request. And then post their discrimination actions, very very unprofessional and total ignorant. Ignorance is alive in well in-America. All the technology in the world does not help. Sad.

    • Odessa

      SF, Casey could not have explained the obligation of the hospital, as an employer any better. So what would be next? A patient or Parent(s) of a patient requesting that they do not want a nurse or other healthcare providers to render their or their loved one’s care because they are African-American, Caucasian, gay, or Jewish, or Muslim, etc…? The hospital was wrong to accommodate such a demand. While the neonate obviously required extensive care, it was not right for the hospital to honor a request by a “customer” based on discriminatory (hatred) reasons. The parent(s) had an option to discuss with their OB/GYN prior to admission (during the initial and subsequent prenatal visits), their affiliated hospital’s policy on race and the caregiver, and to seek an alternative. Moreover, I am a parent, and I cannot imagine that I would refuse care for my newborn, or child, at an emergent time, based upon the caregiver’s race, sexual orientation, nationality, etc… HOW SELFISH!

      Furthermore, I am also a medical professional (RN) and as such, I know that nurses are trained that if a client refuses care for their child or themselves based on prejudice, it would be my responsibility to convey to them the hospital’s policy on rendering patient care; contact my immediate supervisor, the client’s physician, as well as the Medical Review Board, if necessary (THE MANAGER WAS WRONG!). And finally, I am absolutely certain the insurance company would not be obligated to pay if a customer refused care based on racial prejudice, as well. What if that African-American nurse was the MOST qualified? Would the hospital be obligated to seek outside the organization and acquire a greater expense just to accommodate the father’s prejudicial request (THE HOSPITAL WAS WRONG!).

  • Casey

    “I’m so sorry, sir, but we assign personnel to tasks based on the needs of our patients and our facility. I cannot guarantee that your child will not be cared-for by one of my highly competent African-American counterparts. You’ll find a copy of our non-discrimination policy posted in our HR offices – as well as in your admission documentation. While I cannot grant your request, I can help you facilitate a transfer for your wife and child to the medical facility of your choice. I’ll give you a few moments to consider your options . . . ” See how easily that could have been handled?

    Silently honoring the man’s request was bad enough . . . but POSTING the man’s preference and adhering to his “orders” fora MONTH-long hospitalization is absurd. While patients and their insurance companies are “paying the bills” . . . that does not give the patient the right to dictate how the care will be provided. Once the child was out of any emergent distress, a transfer could have been arranged. The same would have been true if the request had been reversed (with a black patient requesting no white nurses). A hospital is a business. It’s not good business to violate the civil rights of your employees in order to fulfill the WANTS of your patients/customers. The parent was being discriminatory, but the hospital became complicit by posting and carrying out his demand – particularly since the infant’s stay spanned a matter of weeks.

    As for those of you who’ve cited the example of patients requesting no male nurses, etc . . . That’s a bit of a different animal. A female patient’s shyness with a male nurse, for example, is not discriminatory. Moreover, the hospital is not REQUIRED to grant that request if it will negatively affect patient care, flow of business, etc.

    • Carol

      Casey, You nailed it right on the Head! It should have been handled exactly as you said word for word.You are very knowledgable as I am on Federal/Medical Laws in Healthcare.
      Medical Profession has Federal and Ehical Laws that must be followed and honored!

  • http://www.webpronews.com mike

    Dick Cheney came back to life? I didnt know he knew magic. Well since he is alive again, that explains the Nurse being upset at the Hospital instead of the guy who is a Hitler fan. This is getting really confusing for me. The Nurse should have just taken a brake and got a piece of cake. Problem solved, except for Dick Cheney.

  • MIKE

    THE FATHER HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY WHO TAKES CARE OF HIS CHILD. THE HOSPITAL WAS DOING WHAT THE PERSON PAYING THE BILL WANTED. IF THIS NURSE IS SO OFFENDED HAVE HER SUE HIM. SHE HAS HOW MANY BABIES TO WATCH SO 1 LESS WOULD MAKE ME HAPPY IF I WERE HER. MONEY. MONEY. MONEY. HOW DO YOU THINK RACISM WILL END IF EVERY MOMENT THE BLACK ORGANIZERS WANT MORE THAN OTHERS FOR JUST BEING BLACK. LOOK AT SPORTS FOR A QUICK EXAMPLE- MORE COACHES IN PROS AND COLLEGE NEED TO BE BLACK IF NOT AS QUALIFIED AS OTHER PERSON JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK. THE QUOTA SYSTEM WHICH DOES NOT EXIST IS SLAPPING US IN THE FACE. I AGREE LETS END RACISM BY STARTING TO PUT QUALIFIED PEOPLE IN JOBS NO MATTER WHAT COLOR-NATIONALITY OR FAITH. THE MORE PEOPLE NOT QUALIFIED IN CERTAIN POSITIONS ARE GIVEN THE JOB JUST BECAUSE OF THEIR COLOR CAUSES MORE RACISM TO OCCUR. THE PERSON DESERVING THE POSITION IF BLACK IS LOOKED UPON AS A QUOTA DECISION. EMPLOYEES KNOW THE MORE QUALIFIED PERSON WAS PASSED UP AND HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE PROMOTED. BLACK LEADERS CAUSE MORE HATRED AGAINST ALL THEIR PEOPLE BY PROMOTING THIS KIND OF PRESSURE.

    • FEED UP WITH IGNORANCE

      Do you know your a racist? Well if not you are Mike!!!

      • barb

        he probably wasn’t even paying the bill himself it is probably being paid by you and I because racist are trash…

    • Krystal

      The Father has no right in any establishment to dictate which Nurse provides care based on color. May God have mercy on those who in this century still practice racism…….What type of diversity training programs does this Hospital provide to their staff.

      When you grocery shop, purchase gas, buy stamps from the post office, visit the dry cleaners……I could go on, does this person refuse service if the person is African American? What a nut case…..

    • janet

      Right on Mike! Discrimination bullcrap…We have all been discriminated against. And anyone wanting to call me racist..boo hoo..it does not hurt..See it is one persons opinion in a whole world. And I am only judgemental to the judges

      • FEED UP WITH IGNORANCE

        Ok well since you don’t mind Janet, your a racist!

      • jj

        you are recist,but judgement day will come when your name is called up.

    • Kim

      What I find completely false about your premise Mike, is that you are assuming that because someone is black, they are not qualified. The reason why people point out that there are not enough black coaches is because there aren’t. You have some sports that are dominated by black players, yet there are few black coaches. Why is that…is the question. To suggest that there are no black qualified coaches, is absurd. It is about access to the position. You mentioned quotas. There are none….even affirmative action does not speak to or require quotas. It is about access to the positions for QUALIFIED minority coaches. I am so tired of people making assumptions that if someone is black, they were given a position they did not earn. That’s ridiculous. My prime example of this is the Sarah Palin argument. I will never forget how for months (before her selection as a VP candidate) people constantly stated that Barack Obama was not experienced enough to be President. They said he was only a senator, forgetting that John F. Kennedy, Jr. and other presidents had “just” been senators. However, these same individuals could listen to Sarah Palin (the most underqualified person who ever ran for higher office) and surmise that she was qualified to be one step away from the President’s chair. Mind blowing.

      • elizjones

        I think you are all funny. Racism is a serious matter, but this whole thing about this nurse suing the hospital is ridiculous. The responses that some of you have is even worse. I dont think Janet is a racist. And John F. Kennedy JR was never president, nor was he a senator. Everybody smile. By the way I am black and white. ttfn

  • Krystal

    I think in the year 2013 any parent would be thankful for their child to receive exceptional care from a health care provider despite their color. Until you have been descriminated against will you understand the devastating feeling.

    The hospital did not handle the discrimination situation properly. If this person did not want African American Nurses treating his child he should have sought care else where………Let him pick his poison!

  • http://www.webpronews.com mike

    What if the Father was Black and the Mother White. And the Swastika was just on his bumper sticker. Would the Black nurse still sue the Hospital. Or could the Father sue Walmart for his shorts being too tight in the seat?

  • janet

    this stupid woman trying to make all the money acting like she is black. Why does she need to embarrass normal black nurses that realize patients and their families have rights! The hospital would not assign a man nurse to an old woman whom was afraid of men caring for her. It causes stress that people don’t need. Money..money is all we care about. I would like to smack her face because she seems like a shitty caregiver.

    • mark

      amen !!!

    • Kim

      Janet, you are completely insensitive. So…you have no problem with what this man did. Hmmmm….imagine if you went anywhere in world and someone refused to wait on you, or call on you in class, or allow you access to a location because you were a white female. Would you have the same opinion. Given the tone of your post, you appear a bit fiesty, so I don’t believe you would stand for it. So…you want to slap her face? For what? Standing up for herself. You are completely hateful and unreal.

  • http://Yahoo Cindy

    I am a RN. On several occasions I have had patients refuse me because I am white. They requested black or Philippine nurses. They felt more comfortable with some one of their own ethnicity. I am white. It was also posted on their charts. Is it discrimination? I don’t think in matters. If that is what they want, I really don’t care. I would rather the patient voices their feelings therefore making it more comfortable for them and me. I think this is just someone looking for money.

  • Steve

    I was born and raised in the south so I guess many would consider me inherantly racist.
    The big difference though is that when it comes to my kids best interests I look at the qualifications of the person, not their color! Please do not judge all of us for one persons sheer ignorance. Sadly, this child may carry on its fathers nazi vision of grandeur.

    • Kim

      Thank you Steve. I grew up in a multi-cultural environment (up North), but now I live in the South. I could not agree with you more. Thanks for the comment.

  • mark

    this is america,,,,he has the right to choose who takes care of his child,,,i hate it that he’s such a dumbass,,,but we do still have the right to our opinions here,,,,,i was a cna for 9 yrs,,,had several old women that wouldnt allow me to assist them because im a male,,,that would be like me sueing the nursing home i worked at because those old women wouldnt let me wipe thier ass,,,,i was gratefull they didnt want me in thier room,,,less work for me

    • Kim

      You have a right to your own opinions, but you are missing the point. The hospital cannot help this man to discriminate. That is why she will WIN in court. We have laws that protect people from discrimination. What idiots. What kind of manager would ever agree to this. I remember my first year of teaching English in a predominately white high school (back in the 90′s). I had parents, who had never even met me, want their children out of my class. It was unreal. My principal refused to listen to any of it. In the end, I ended up loving my students and my parents and had one of the best experiences teaching in this particular high school. The parents were acting on stereotypes, but learned to rid themselves os such stereotypes and fears. In the end, we all grew from the experience. Thus, it is up to all of us in this world to say, “No…I am not going to support you in your effort to discriminate.” That is the point of the story. The hospital was completely and utterly wrong.

  • RUBY JOHNSON

    THE HOSPITAL IS VERY WRONG, IF THE MAN WANTED A NON AFRICAN AMERICAN NURSE THEN THE ONLY RIGHT HE HAS IS TO HIRE A PRIVATE DUTY NURSE IN THE RACE HE WANTED!!!!!!! HOSPITALS CANNOT DISCRIMINATE WHEN HIRING THEY GET THE QUALIFIED PERSON FOR THE JOB TO CARE FOR PATIENTS AND THEY WILL ASSIGN THE APPROPRIATE NURSE TO DO THE JOB…..THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR, AND HOW STUPID THEY WERE TO POST A NOTE!!!!!! YES THEY SHOULD KNOW BETTER AND THEY SHOULD BE SUED!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.webpronews.com mike

    Wow, you go Janet. I have never of an all White or an all Black Hospital. It wouldn’t matter anyway. Dick Cheney would still use his hurricane machine and destroy the black only hospital and leave any survivors for George Bush so he could leave them to drown and eat each other while leaving folks at the white only hospital to eat cake. I will never go to a hospital again.

  • Michelle Griffin

    I don’t know what to say…. I am lost for words….I can’t believe this is going on…. I thought we were over this crap. Black….White….. who cares as long as that person is qualified to do his / her job. what has this world come to. I feel for this lady and I believe she should get all that she deserves in her law suit. You stay strong and don’t ;et the ignorant get the better of you.

  • Gae Ray

    I don’t know what I’m supposed to get from this story because I live in a country where people are just people no matter their race or color. If it is illegal to be racist and neo-Nazi then why aren’t all such persons locked up in jail or slapped with huge fines? If it isn’t carte blanche illegal then I’d say the man was completely within his rights and that it was a simple request. I am black but racism EXISTS in full and ugly force in America so does the freedom to practice it and all kinds of incest and child abuse and polygamy and sacrificial and other rites in the name of all kinds of religion to the legal extent of the First Ammendment. Anyone can create their own rituals and practice it. It was not wrong of the Supervisor to withdraw the Black Nurse at the first moment because it appeased the man’s anger in the moment and gave the opportunity to discuss the matter further. Maybe some civil rights genius can tell me what the real solution is. If a man wears a Swastika tattooed to his skin and brandishes it for all and sundry to see, he is announcing to the entire world that he is someone to be avoided unless you are of his clique. So the hospital should have insisted that he what? Remove his child at the risk of the child’s life? Insisted that his request is contrary to hospital practices and denied his request thereby possibly endangering the life of the Black Nurse? Someone tell me. I really don’t know what this woman is suing for. This was a potentially explosive situation that was solved in a simple manner. If anyone needs to be sued it would be the father of the child for making an illegal request and if it’s not illegal to practice your own rites then … I NATURALLY do not wish to be around persons who do not wish to be around me and I don’t waste my life trying to make over persons who do not matter. Yes and you are all going to say every human life matters until you learn yes they do but they can’t all matter to you and you can’t correct some things overnight except if a few people volunteer to be martyrs. So who is going to be the martyr here? What is this Black Nurse really suing for? Would she have preferred the man to have accosted her face to face? Could the hospital have called in law enforcement and said that the man was interfering with hospital practices and needed to be banned from the compound for the duration of his child’s hospitalization? Somebody explain. What if the Nursing Supervisor had been Black too? I would really like to know what would happen if that man had come into the Emergency Room in a dire condition and a Black Doctor was on duty and he said no Black person touching him what would the Doctor do, bearing in mind the Hippocratic Oath?

  • angela

    GET YOUR MONEY HONEY. IF THAT MAN DIDNT WANT A BLACK NURSE HE SHOULD HAVE HAD HIS BABY A HOME. THE HOSPITAL WAS WRONG TO PUT A NOTE SAYING NO BLACK NURSE MADE THEM A PART OF THE PROBLEM. GET YOUR MONEY

  • jesse

    blacks love to play the race card.

    • Carol

      There is no race card being played in this situation. It is evident that racism was the key motive for the actions of this institution as well as the father of the baby! When are we going to get past being racist and realize that we all derived from Adam and Eve and we are all God’s children! Wake up….this is 2013!

    • Kim

      Jesse…what???? Are you serious. SHE is PLAYING the race card? Huh??? Now…if you don’t think that this act is racism, then, you are just in complete denial. Sounds like you may have some issues. I guess you agree with the father, huh? Unreal. Just sad.

    • StrongNurse

      And whites love to shift the blame on the race card when its they have done something wrong, instead of just accepting responsibility for their actions.

  • Ziggy

    She is suing for emotional distress and mental anguish. The hospital management was trying to protect her from these things, not cause them. If the hospital did not remove her from caring for the child and the man became violent and attacked her, would she then sue the hospital for not fulfilling his request and putting her in harm’s way?

    • Kim

      You are missing the point. They should have NEVER honored such a discrimatory request. That is why their lawyers finally got involved and told them to stop. This type of discrimination should have never been tolerated by this hospital. Imagine seeing such a note on a clipboard. Outrageous!

      • Ziggy

        The hospital wouldn’t be able to assume that every African American nurse who might potentially come in contact with the child over a one month period would necessarily know about the possibly dangerous father situation without a note in the patient’s file. It’s not like the hospital put up a big “whites only” sign over the baby’s crib for everybody there to see. It’s was racist for the father to demand, but it’s a matter of the safety of it’s employees from the hospitals perspective. They didn’t know what the father might do.

        • Kim

          Clearly, you need to read the laws. The hospital cannot fulfill the request, period. And…posting the note on the clipboard was completely wrong. What they should have done was invited the father off the premises. Imagine if this father came to a school and said the same thing…or entered a restaurant and said the same thing. I understand what you are trying to say, but you are forgeting that the hospital CANNOT ever honor such an outlandish request. This man should have been told, “No”…or leave the premises. If they felt he issued a threat, call the police. Plain and simple.

    • StrongNurse

      So putting a note on the crib saying no blacks to care for this baby was protecting her from emotional distress and mental anguish? I don’t think so. To protect the nurse and possibly other staff members, that man should have been removed from the hospital and given the option of taking his baby somewhere else.

  • Kendra

    Did the hospital not protect the nurse from a more distressing situation with the racist family? Dealing with this man everyday for the duration of his child’s care?

  • Tim

    Would like to be a fly on the wall, when he has a heart attack, and two black paramedics show up.

  • http://www.mimoinfantil.com.br Carol Decoração do Quarto do Bebê

    Here in Brazil there is still racism, but every day that passes more and more decreases.