It is not part of my job to accept racist abuse from patients

Organisations set the tone that allows BME and other staff to speak up, says Michael Baptiste

Organisations set the tone that allows BME and other staff to speak up, says Michael Baptiste

As a mental health nurse with 20 years’ experience, I have often worked in general nursing settings doing one-to-one specialling of patients who need psychiatric nursing intervention.

It saddens me to say that in 2018 it is still common for black and minority ethnic (BME) staff to be racially abused by patients on general wards.

Abuse ignored or not acted on

When racist abuse is reported, in most cases it will not be acted on. Sometimes we behave as though it's part of our job to take such abuse.

Some BME staff are labouring under the misconception that they should ignore abuse, because it may be considered unprofessional to be upset or hurt by racist comments made by patients.



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