Nurse suspended after offering to pray for patient
A Christian nurse was suspended after offering to pray for the recovery of an elderly patient, it has emerged.
Caroline Petrie (45) was accused of failing to show a commitment to equality and diversity after the incident and is now awaiting the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.
The community nurse who carries out home visits in north Somerset, has been suspended by the primary care trust and could lose her job.
The married mother of two argues she did not force her beliefs on anyone but simply asked whether the woman would like a prayer said for her, as she has done with other patients.
Speaking from her home yesterday she said she only wanted to help her patients recover.
She said: “I’m not angry, and I understand if people don’t believe in the way that I do. But I am upset because I enjoy this job and it (prayer) is a valuable part of the care I give.
“I became a Christian 10 years ago after my mother died. My faith got stronger and I realised God was doing amazing things in my life. I saw my patients suffering and as I believe in the power of prayer, I began asking them if they wanted me to pray for them. They are absolutely delighted.”
The incident that led to Mrs Petrie’s suspension occurred when she visited a woman in Winscombe in December. She asked, ‘Would you like me to pray for you?’ The woman, believed to be in her 70s, refused and Mrs Petrie insists she did not press the matter.
The sick woman is believed to have told the trust about the matter.
Mrs Petrie faced the internal disciplinary meeting last Wednesday and expects to learn the outcome in the next few days.