According to the Patriot Nurse
“A certain bunch of pro-vaxers have decided to engage in intimidation tactics. My employer was contacted and attempts have been made to affect [sic] the loss of my job. “
Now, I’m a science writer the Patriot Nurse seemed like a good story to cover but first I’d have to find out more about her. The outrage and concern over this woman’s views were conveyed to me by health professionals and parents meant instant readership. Here, I am publishing the e-mail I sent that in no way calls for the nurse’s dismissal and is in no way intimidatory (unless long words bother you):
I am [the] science and health editor for the website Nerditorial.com.
A video uploaded to You Tube has recently been brought to my attention by a group of concerned parents and health professionals. I know that this video, strongly advising against the vaccination of young children, has been brought to your attention too. Speculation has it that the star of said video, the Patriot Nurse, is an employee at the Lisa Ross Birthing Center named Rachel Greene. In light of this could you:
- Confirm or deny whether Ms Greene is or is not the Patriot Nurse;
- If so, do you think it appropriate for your staff members to engage in an activity whereby they are publicly offering medical opinions beyond their scope of expertise on an international forum?
- Whether the Patriot Nurse’s views on vaccination coincide with policies of your birthing centre and, if not
- how will you ensure that the views of a member of your staff that are contrary to your policies and CDC recommendations are not passed on to parents at your centre and a wider audience in general?
In regards to that final point, I am located in [the UK] so, clearly, this video, the possible link to your business and the views of the Patriot Nurse have reached a global audience. I would appreciate a prompt response as I will be submitting my piece in the next few days and would not wish to in any way associate your centre with this story if you can categorically confirm that Ms Greene is not the Patriot Nurse.
Despite clearly stating that I had sent the e-mail the conspiracy-headed and rather shrill anti-vaccination voices have been hounding the Canadian nurse who wrote a point by point refutation of the Patriot nurse’s views. This can be read here, here and all about it here.
Now, that same Canadian nurse has had to put people, with heads full of wrong, right yet again and I applaud her for it:
Good morning angry supporters of The Patriot Nurse.
No one is debating your RIGHT to choose whether or not to vaccinate. But if you have the right to NOT vaccinate, then a patient – especially parents who will be giving birth to a vulnerable neonate under your care – should have the right to choose whether or not you act as their nurse.
NO one is after TPN’s job. A science writer for a legitimate science zine contacted her work to verify her identity. Which is exactly what a responsible writer does before publication – verifies a source.
Non-vaccinating nurses at other hospitals have to take isolation per-cautions(gloves, gown, mask). This is to protect them and protect the patients. Regardless of whether YOU think vaccines work – science sure thinks that they do, and the employers have a right and a duty to protect those under its care.
TPN is a sham. She states in her video that saying this comes as a great cost to her as a nurse. If she so firmly believes in her anti-vaccination rhetoric – so much so that she would post it online AND STATE THAT SHE WAS A NURSE – then she should be well aware of the potential consequences.
All of you crying “free speech” are being deceived. TPN has deleted EVERY SINGLE comment that was not entirely supportive of her. You can’t claim that her free speech is in jeopardy while she refuses that right to others.
TPN make a video. A stupid video. In which she makes very very basic scientific errors. She was called to answer to those errors on her page, on this blog, on Orac’s blog and elsewhere. She refused to do so. She is not interested in having a dialogue. She had her little diatribe and that was that. NO ONE is so special that they can make sweeping, erroneous statements without recourse.
I know that you anti-vaccination activists have a lot of other anti-vaccination friends online. But the fact of the matter is that 94% of people are still vaccinating. You’re a blip on the radar. You’re the new “trendy” thing to be against. But when it comes down to it, all but a handful of people are intelligent enough to realize that:
1) there is NOT a global conspiracy of scientists and doctors trying to poison your children
2) a few bad nurses or doctors do not discount the whole of the scientific method; nor are the opinions of a few more valid than the opinions of millions
3) researching vaccines on Google is NOT equal to going to post-secondary education for 10+ years to be a physician, pediatrician, immunologist or what have you.
TPN is not a martyr. She is a nurse who is expected to uphold the ideals and principles of her nursing organization and employer. And seeing as those things adhere to evidence-based medicine – and she doesn’t – she now has a problem. She brought it on herself. It was her choice not to vaccinate, and it their choice (and DUTY to the public) to deal with her how they see fit.
I couldn’t have put it better myself. At least now, we have verified that she is an RN and we don’t just have to take her word for it because, to be frank, when I first saw the video, I didn’t believe a real nurse would put her job on the line like that.