Nurses should support civil union law.
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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|Publication:||Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand|
|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2005|
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