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Nurses should support civil union law.

I am writing in response to those nurses who have written objecting to NZNO's submission in support of the Civil Union Bill [now Act ed.]. I am truly disappointed that nurses in this day and age would not support the Civil Union Bill, or at least not be more open to change, as nurses are flexible in many diverse situations. We go through our training and learn about cultural safety--does this not also apply to cultures that comprise same-gender unions? After reading these letters, I have to wonder, is it their value systems that make these nurses angry--their intolerance of same-sex unions and the NZNO stance--or the lack of consultation?

I remember a time when homosexuality was against the law and even some of my nursing texts deemed it a mental illness. Now that it is not against the law, I am pleased to think that happiness contributes to safety and security, love and belonging, which are two well known components of Maslow's hierarchy of needs--increasing self esteem and self actualisation are the highest steps in the hierarchy of needs, according to Maslow. These steps increase contentment and enhance mental health, therefore leading to less hospitalisation, which is cost-effective for all concerned.

I would like to ask these nurses how they would care for a couple of the same sex.

I would like to think that people are individuals and that everyone has freedom of choice. Being happy is the ultimate goal and having a soul mate increases happiness.

Warwick Davis, RN, Dunedin

Co-editors' note: Correspondence on the Civil Union legislation was closed in the last issue but we decided to publish this letter as it expressed a different viewpoint to those already published. This will be the last letter published on the subject.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Davis, Warwick
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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