Working for a private Catholic Hospital

I am a strong atheist by definition, and I have a great job and love my profession except I feel completely stifled at work. I work for a private catholic hospital and they REALLY push religion down our throats as well as those that use the facility. There are pamphlets lying around everywhere about coming to christ and how the "good" lord will solve all the problems of the word-including the sick and dying patients. They broadcast a prayer twice a day and each time I hear it I simply become angry.

Another thing that has happened recently is they have begun blocking internet sites that I visit frequently eg; IIDB, as "Alternative religion/ Occult" and so on. REALLY?? They profess a freedom from religious discrimination and promote the "spiritual growth" of employees yet they block sites that are not in agreement with Christianity. I would love nothing more than to bring this as a grievance but I fear I would lose my job for some other lesser reason if I were to do so.

I can't even have a conversation with my coworkers-I've tried on occasion and it is never received well so I have basically just shut down. It is making being at work much less enjoyable as I can not openly read atheistic literature or visit my favorite sites on the net when I'm not busy. (I work through the evening and am often not too busy at night).

Anyone else have similar circumstances and how do you cope?

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Comment by mcajq on November 20, 2010 at 9:41am
Didn't expect such strong opinions! WOW! Well, to be honest, I can not leave at this time and no, I did not know exactly what was in store for me working at a catholic hospital. I guess I am more tolerant than most ,living in the bible belt as I do. It is annoying, to be sure, but not unbearable. I was looking for others that may be in the same work situation but I guess no one else has been silly enough to put themselves into such a situation in the first place. LOL I shall persevere and keep an eye out for jobs outside the State. Thanks for the input, and it is a huge relief to now be apart of such a great network of like-minded people.
Comment by Lisa on November 17, 2010 at 1:56am
It is a catholic hospital, what do you expect? We have a hospital out here that is 7th day Adventist or something like that and its totally vegitarian! I guess all they have to do is not discriminate when it comes to hiring, but how they run their business is well, their business.
Comment by Earther on November 16, 2010 at 6:31pm
I do not think you are unhappy by choice. I think you you are unhappy with the choices you made and now have to make changes in order to cope.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on November 16, 2010 at 9:18am
It sounds like you are kind of stuck. I hope you can make the best of it. (hugs) My stepmother volunteers a lot in a Catholic hospital and she would love to pray with people. So maybe you can get someone else to do it if the patient is insistent they need someone to pray with. If your hospital is like the one she volunteers at, there are always nuns or volunteers running around willing to pray at a moments notice.
Comment by Earther on November 16, 2010 at 9:17am
I can think of nothing to solve your problem except to completely change your place of employment and possibly consider moving your home to a better place. In my opinion you have to do it for your own health. I think it that serious. I work in a public school and I know that when I am encountered with religious pressures I feel sick. It is no joke, you should truly consider moving out of that job for your happiness. I think your chances of stopping a private catholic hospital of giving you fairness is zero.
Comment by mcajq on November 16, 2010 at 8:38am
I would love nothing more than to work elsewhere but jobs in my field are scarce and I have set up my life to work at this location. Because they are a private hospital they have the right to do whatever they like including blocking sites as the computers are their property. It is a good hospital and people go there for the services they provide. I just have to bite my tongue a lot is all. Can you believe they even encourage employees to ask patient's if they'd like us to pray for/with them? I am always tempted to ask them which god they will be praying to today. LOL
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on November 16, 2010 at 8:30am
I am not sure what you do at the hospital, but have you considered working for a VA hospital? When my VA started playing the 700 club on all the tvs and replacing health pamphlets with religious ones, I contacted my senator and all of that was removed. I don't know how good the VA is to work for, but at least when they went overboard, I was able to do something about it as an unhappy patient. I imagine people go to Catholic hospitals over public ones is that they actually want to be in that atmosphere. You might be happier in a place were religion is forbidden by federal law and it can actually be enforced.

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