Daily Archives: February 5, 2009

British Nurse Suspension Cleared After Offering To Pray With Patient

Nurse suspended for offering to pray for patient now told she can return to work at the Daily Mail. See the previous story on the suspension.

In essence, the nurse had gone to the patient’s home and performed her usual care.  At the conclusion, she offered to pray with the patient for her health.  The 79-year old woman declined.  The next day, the elderly patient commented to another nurse about the offer.

But she told another nurse that she found it strange and that it might be deemed upsetting or offensive by others if they were of different faiths or felt it implied they were so sick they needed praying for.

The other nurse relayed the information to her superiors who then set the dominoes of an investigation in motion.  The nurse has always held she does not force her beliefs upon anyone.

The nurse

was accused of failing to show a commitment to ‘equality and diversity’ after the incident and faced a disciplinary hearing.

But her supporters claimed she was a victim of religious discrimination.

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