A British nurse who reportedly offered to pray with her patients was escorted out of the Kent-based Darent Valley Hospital in August by local National Health Service officials and told never to return.
Speaking with the U.K. Daily Mail recently, Sarah Kuteh described how the horrific ordeal had made her feel.
“It was embarrassing for me and painful — after all I had done in my years as a nurse,” she said. “I was told I couldn’t even speak to my colleagues. All I had done was to nurse from my heart. How could it be harmful to tell someone about Jesus?”
The harm reportedly came from her having allegedly preached to patients without their their permission.
“(B)osses at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust said her ‘unwanted discussions’ had upset patients and she had also failed to heed warnings that she was being unprofessional,” the Daily Mail reported.
However, Kuteh has disputed these allegations, claiming that while she did speak to some patients without their permission when she first began working at the hospital, she swiftly changed her habits after she received a warning in April.
KentOnline reported that Kuteh said religion came up as a matter of course when she helped patients with pre-op assessment forms, which dealt with religion and other topics. She said her superiors told her that it was acceptable to discuss religion if a patient brought it up first.
Listen to her full statement below:
Officials have claimed that Kuteh failed to comply with policy. During an investigation conducted earlier this year, it was discovered that Kuteh had given a patient a Bible without her permission and also offered to pray with her.
“We have a duty to our patients that when they are at their most vulnerable they are not exposed to unsolicited beliefs and/or views, religious or otherwise,” a trustee reportedly remarked with regard to the findings and the nurse’s subsequent termination. “We feel we have acted appropriately in this case.”
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