"It's a human being," Halvorson said, speaking quickly. "Is there anybody that's willing to help this lady and not let her die?"
The operator pleaded with the nurse to attempt to find someone on the street who would be willing to help since no staff members were willing. The nurse did not want to administer the life saving help because it is the home's policy to not intervene in medical emergencies. The woman did not have a DNR (do not resuscitate) order on file.
I saw the story on the news and felt physically ill. What happened to all of us being on "Team People"? Sure, maybe the nurse would have gotten in trouble with her employer. SO WHAT? She had a decision to make- potentially lose her job or watch a woman die. She chose death for this woman despite the woman choosing LIFE for herself by not signing a DNR.
The staff at this assisted living facility are probably very accustomed to watching people pass on. Familiarity breeds complacency. It is still no excuse. Shame on the Glenwood Gardens assisted living home in Bakersfield, California for their policy requiring in-action and shame on those staff members for not being brave enough to give this woman a fighting chance at life.***
Happy Wednesday! Wednesday means its time for the Wednesday Walkabout link-up!
It's a blog link-up party, every week here and with our co-hosts! Simply put your blog address or a specific post in the linky, visit some other people, and make some friends. Easy as that! I can't wait to talk to everyone!
Something new! One "Mystery Host" and will have their link as #5 in the linky, as well as be featured in Rule #1. Follow all 4 hosts on GFC or Bloglovin' and then keep an eye out next week to see if you're the lucky Mystery Host!
PS: You only have to link up with one of the co-hosts, it will link to all four sites!
1. Place your link in the linky below and make some new friends. Simple as that.
If you're a new follower of Handling With Grace, let me know so I can visit you back!