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A student nurse in the gender minefield

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I AM a first-year student nurse at a university in the South of England. Last week, I attended a lecture advertised on the university website and in the pre-reading material provided as a session on the matter of health inequalities. I turned up to the lecture to find a guest speaker preaching indoctrination and false information. The speaker stated that there are many different genders which we must learn, and all nurses must use correct gender pronouns. The speaker warned that if we do not, we will cause harm to our patients. I challenged this statement, stating that there are only two genders. I pointed out that this is backed up by reliable medical journals and referenced to a standard acceptable in academic writing and in healthcare. I also asked the speaker what relevance the topic has to nursing. At this point the speaker invited me to leave the lecture if I did not agree with what was being taught. I left.

My statements divided opinion in the class. I have received many messages of thanks for speaking out on what is scientifically true. This included messages from members of the LGBT community who share the same opinion that this is indoctrination and the spreading of false information. A number of fellow nursing students told me that they wished they had also spoken out against this woke and indoctrinating agenda, but they did not out of fear of repercussions. However, one student made a complaint to the university about my expressing my views on gender pronouns. The guest speaker also raised a complaint against me. This led to the head of nursing and the lecturer who invited the guest speaker to summon me into a meeting, which they said would be ‘informal’. However, if I did not turn up they would arrange a ‘formal’ meeting for me to attend, which would be a disciplinary meeting.

I attended the meeting with the lecturer and the head of nursing. They quizzed me over my physical and mental health, and told me I had broken the Nursing and Midwifery Council code: ‘Prioritise people and promote professionalism and trust’. I do not believe I have broken any NMC code. However, apparently I am the one who needs to work on how I conduct myself in a lecture theatre.

I believe that free speech and debate should be encouraged. The trouble with university is you are permitted to speak out only within the realms of their woke agenda. When you propose an alternative view that does not meet this agenda your views are quashed and you have the book thrown at you, putting your education and career prospects in jeopardy. I go forward in trepidation, in fear of speaking my mind again. The only safe space I have now is during my placement at the hospital, in the real world where people are too busy dealing with actual problems not just pondering abstract imaginary victimhood. I fear many members of my cohort who subscribe to this woke ideology will be woefully unprepared for the reality of becoming a registered nurse.

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