[quote="Jacob18, post:18, topic:283081"]
Otherwise, have you thought about changing specialties or checking out working at a Catholic hospital?
It's not very realistic to change specialties. I have been working toward my NP for many years, in this field. I don't have experience with other nursing fields and I can't just "decide" to switch to dermatology and start looking for a job. It's a long road and that would be a huge diversion that I cannot afford.
I do not work at a hospital. I work for a private practice OBGYN who is the only one in my town who does not perform or recommend abortions. He is also the only one in town willing to do VBACs. He is a lovely man and a caring, gentle practitioner. Unless you live in a heavily orthodox area, I am not sure there is a way to carry a practice if you do not prescribe any birth control, and I do not live in a Catholic-heavy area. There are several Catholic OBGYNS, but none that have a no-contraceptive practice, in our area. It's simply part of the job, since very few people are opposed to it (even most of our Catholic clients use contraception.) It is kind of like being a pediatrician who doesn't give vaccines. Not a huge number of people lining up for that in most areas! Right now, about 70% of our practice uses some sort of prescription birth control that was prescribed by us. That is not counting those who use over-the-counter varieties, or who get their contraceptives from their family practice doctor or a clinic.
The hospital that the OBGYN I work for admits to at is, in fact, owned by Catholic Healthcare West. Abortions cannot be performed on the premises, of course, but there are no rules about the OBGYNs who deliver/operate there not prescribing birth control in their private practices.
Right now we are waiting on some documentation and insurance stuff to be settled before I start seeing patients as a licensed NP. I am so torn about this, since I will NOT be doing obstetrics at all, but straight gynecology and clearly Rx family planning is a huge part of that for the majority of women. I do not want to sin or offend God, but this is a hard one.