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Old 05-12-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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florida gay nurses beware. i was very ill last summer in florida hospital orlando.i had swine flu and difficulty breathing.a consult saw my partner and put2 and 2 together and said "That's it,you need an AIDS test".I was stunned and asked him to leave my room and then he yelled at me and said i also need a psyche consult,you all do.My partner and i were shocked to say the least. I told him we were in a monogomous relationship for almost 20 years and we were not at risk of aids anymore than anyone else.He was very rude and disrespectful,we reported it immediately.To this day i have heard nothing about it from the hospital or an apology from anyone.So beware if you are gay and it's known or suspected you may have to have an aids test and a psyche consult.By the way to appease them i had it done and it was negative.I am also a RN and was treated like a street urchin.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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That is quite unacceptable. You are too polite in with holding the site. I'm glad you were able to recover without their best wishes. I always say if you want to be healthy stay out of the hospitals. Guess if you want to avoid being abused you should as well.

Well you will be healthy and happy tomorrow and they will still be bitter hateful people. You have the better side of the tracks.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:57 PM
 
Location: NYC/Orlando
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That consult should be fired. What a disgusting thing to say to a person.. you would think a person working in a hospital would have the education to know that homosexuality isn't a psychiatric condition. But.. bigotry is what it is. All we can hope for is a better, more accepting world for tomorrow.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:42 PM
 
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sue make em learn with their pocketbooks
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:27 AM
 
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Sorry that this happened to you. I doubt that this is the whole story however. Possibly they suspected pneumonia (which as you know is uncommon in young immunocompetent patients). Possibly someone was stuck with a needle that was used in your care and requested an HIV test.

If I had to guess (granted I wasn't there), I would say that there was a legitimate reason for the test, but once it was suggested personality conflicts got in the way and the situation escalated.

Even if the person suggesting the test was doing so out of prejudice, you shouldn't reflect that upon the entire healthcare system, you should reflect it upon that person. I'm sure that whatever was notated in your chart did not reflect your opinion of what happened.
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:42 AM
 
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Florida Hospital is usually very good so I'm really surprised to hear this. Homophobes exist in all sorts of careers but a healthcare professional should know better!
I'm sorry to hear what happened to you but you really only have 2 options and that is either let it go or hire an attorney.Good luck to you!
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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Sorry that this happened to you. I doubt that this is the whole story however. Possibly they suspected pneumonia (which as you know is uncommon in young immunocompetent patients). Possibly someone was stuck with a needle that was used in your care and requested an HIV test.

If I had to guess (granted I wasn't there), I would say that there was a legitimate reason for the test, but once it was suggested personality conflicts got in the way and the situation escalated.

Even if the person suggesting the test was doing so out of prejudice, you shouldn't reflect that upon the entire healthcare system, you should reflect it upon that person. I'm sure that whatever was notated in your chart did not reflect your opinion of what happened.
No noone got stuck with a needle. Like i said i am a RN and worked at Florida Hospital.No i didn't have pneumonia either, the chest x-rays confirmed that. And several nurses outside my room heard the conversation and could not believe anyone there would talk to a patient like that. I have seen and heard many situations over the years with respect to gay patients. There are ways to get information across to patients without verbally attacking them.This physician lacked diplomacy. When i spoke with the Nursing supervisor and expresses an interest in filing a complaint i was told i would have to wait in line so to speak, this physician has had several complaints against him. But revenue trumps justice,as long as he makes money for them.
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