Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Nurse on suspension for offering to pray

Tucked away in the National Post, I found the following story this morning:

A British nurse has been suspended for offering to pray for an elderly patient's recovery from illness. Her employers accuse Caroline Petrie, a committed Christian, of failing to demonstrate a "personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity.'' She faces disciplinary action and could lose her job.  (Click here to read the rest of the article)

Is this ridiculous or what?  Over the past several years of battling cancer, I have met a few nurses who said that they would pray for me.  I would hate to think that they might lose their job for doing what any Christian should do.  Even the patient, herself, says that the nurse should keep her job.

What a day for Britain when offering to pray can be a reason for possibly losing your job. I wonder what Florence Nightingale would think if she were alive today.


Matthew said...

As someone in health care right now, this is very disturbing... we don't have both sides of the story right now, but it's outrageous that they would punish this nurse for simply offering when she was trying to show compassion to her patient.

Glenn Penner said...

From discussions with my British colleagues over the past few years, it's really not as outrageous as it may appear. They have taken political correctness to levels quite beyond what we have here on this side of the pond.