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News – Praying nurse returns to work

April 2009

Praying nurse returns to work


Caroline Petrie, the nurse suspended from her job after she offered to pray for a patient, has returned to work. Mrs Petrie’s employers, North Somerset Primary Care Trust, invited her back after widespread media coverage of her story.

     The Trust acknowledged she was acting in her patient’s ‘best interests’ and Mrs Petrie says she can still pray for patients if she asks them first ‘whether they have any spiritual needs’.

     Mrs Petrie, a committed Christian and married mother of two, was suspended last December because bosses said she broke ‘equality and diversity’ rules by offering to pray for a patient. The nurse from Weston-super-Mare is said to be ‘relieved’ the situation has been resolved and looking forward to going back to work.

     She said: ‘I feel really happy to be going back to work. In a way it was good to be able to talk things through with my bosses and now we all know where we stand I think it will be easier’. She added: ‘I can still pray for my patients as long as I keep within the boundaries of the care plan, and ask them first whether they have any spiritual needs’.

     The Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which backed Mrs Petrie, welcomed the decision to reinstate her. A spokesman for the CLC said: ‘The decision highlights the importance of being able to take personal faith into the workplace rather than leave it at the door’.