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Jehovah's Witness nurses in the critical care unit? - page 16

Hello This is my first time posting a thread. I was just wondering if anyone is or knows of a Jehovah's Witness nurse who works in a critical care unit. Also if you dont mind can you tell me at... Read More

  1. Visit  Purple_roses profile page
    Quote from xoemmylouox
    I'll be right there with you. To the topic.. It makes no sense for someone who will encounter things they are not comfortable with doing to work in an environment they KNOW they will encounter it. It's like a right to life nurse working in an abortion clinic..
    This is exactly what I was thinking. OP, I do hope you find an area of nursing that you enjoy that also allows you to follow your religious beliefs. It doesn't make you a bad person or an uncaring nurse, it just means you aren't an ideal fit for the floor you were applying to.
  2. Visit  AspiringNurseMW profile page
    This is a really old thread. I wonder what ended up happening
  3. Visit  eroc profile page
    I was a JW growing up, and stopped going when I was 18. I was VERY involved in the religion.
    I once decided I was going to go to college and received a visit, shortly after I told other members about my decision, by an "elder" of the congregation. He stating I would seeking "worldly possessions" if I pursued and it was advised I not pursue college.

    Fast forward to present day….they all state it is acceptable to go to college.

    The religion has changed their views tremulously of the years, shoot the end of the world has had several dates set by the organization, all come and gone.
    Each member or region tends to interrupt the meaning of their beliefs based on convenience.
    But I was only a third generation JW….and I am sure many will try to discredit my first hand experience.
  4. Visit  blackvans1234 profile page
    I went to school with two JW's and they were saying that they can give blood. As long as they're not receiving the transfusion.
    I always thought that was weird (God says I cant receive blood but I can give it out).
  5. Visit  blackvans1234 profile page
    We had a JW patient who's hemoglobin was like 5.6. He was also the whitest black guy Ive ever seen.
  6. Visit  AspiringNurseMW profile page
    Quote from eroc
    I was a JW growing up, and stopped going when I was 18. I was VERY involved in the religion.
    I once decided I was going to go to college and received a visit, shortly after I told other members about my decision, by an "elder" of the congregation. He stating I would seeking "worldly possessions" if I pursued and it was advised I not pursue college.

    Fast forward to present day….they all state it is acceptable to go to college.

    The religion has changed their views tremulously of the years, shoot the end of the world has had several dates set by the organization, all come and gone.
    Each member or region tends to interrupt the meaning of their beliefs based on convenience.
    But I was only a third generation JW….and I am sure many will try to discredit my first hand experience.
    I have to say that I think that attitude is also slightly dependent on the congregation itself. I too grew up a JW and I was never discouraged to not pursue college, just to ensure my priorities were straight and that I didn't sacrifice being a witness for college. Some elders in some congregations are more prone to try to enforce their own personal views/biases than others. Human nature.

    And I'm pretty sure that in regards to hanging blood it's not the religion itself, it's likely left up to the individuals conscious, hence why some are OK with it and some are not. Just like (at least when I was still active ) there was a difference between receiving whole blood and receiving only parts of blood. Again the latter was left to the individual to decide.

    and I'm pretty sure the end of the world was only forecasted once or twice, and a specific date has not been forecasted in the last 75 years at LEAST
  7. Visit  AspiringNurseMW profile page
    Although, coincidentally, I did sacrifice my time practicing for college and working, but I think college was just an excuse for a distancing I was doing on my own
  8. Visit  eroc profile page
    Quote from AspiringNurseMW
    I have to say that I think that attitude is also slightly dependent on the congregation itself. I too grew up a JW and I was never discouraged to not pursue college, just to ensure my priorities were straight and that I didn't sacrifice being a witness for college. Some elders in some congregations are more prone to try to enforce their own personal views/biases than others. Human nature.

    And I'm pretty sure that in regards to hanging blood it's not the religion itself, it's likely left up to the individuals conscious, hence why some are OK with it and some are not. Just like (at least when I was still active ) there was a difference between receiving whole blood and receiving only parts of blood. Again the latter was left to the individual to decide.

    and I'm pretty sure the end of the world was only forecasted once or twice, and a specific date has not been forecasted in the last 75 years at LEAST
    My family was encouraged to home school me due the bad influences of school in the worldly population. Which my parents listen to, resulting in be becoming a high school drop that never completed the 9th grade. Five years ago I started college and now achieved my BSN, but anyone that has been in the religion for 3 generations knows many members play down the influence of the congregation.
    My life has been greatly blessed since cutting all ties for the JW. I been with my wife for over 21 years, whom is my best friend. Growing up I never thought I could be as happy as I am now.
    "Armageddon" was predicted in 1914, 1925, and 1976. After 1976 they decided to stop quoting specific years/dates….surely because if it's not documented it didn't happen ;-)
    Last edit by eroc on Jan 6, '15
  9. Visit  Red Kryptonite profile page
    Quote from eroc
    My family was encouraged to home school me due the bad influences of school in the worldly population. Which my parents listen to, resulting in be becoming a high school drop that never completed the 9th grade.
    I'd like to point out that this is a parenting problem, not a homeschooling problem. There are homeschoolers successfully pursuing degrees in colleges and universities all over this country and there have been for a couple decades.
  10. Visit  eroc profile page
    Quote from Red Kryptonite
    I'd like to point out that this is a parenting problem, not a homeschooling problem. There are homeschoolers successfully pursuing degrees in colleges and universities all over this country and there have been for a couple decades.
    As to my BSN.

    Thanks for pointing out my JW parents.
  11. Visit  lost soul profile page
    This is an old thread but it infuriates me. Dont be a nurse if you are not willing to care for the patient. End of story!!
    find another career.
  12. Visit  AspiringNurseMW profile page
    Quote from eroc
    My family was encouraged to home school me due the bad influences of school in the worldly population. Which my parents listen to, resulting in be becoming a high school drop that never completed the 9th grade. Five years ago I started college and now achieved my BSN, but anyone that has been in the religion for 3 generations knows many members play down the influence of the congregation.
    My life has been greatly blessed since cutting all ties for the JW. I been with my wife for over 21 years, whom is my best friend. Growing up I never thought I could be as happy as I am now.
    "Armageddon" was predicted in 1914, 1925, and 1976. After 1976 they decided to stop quoting specific years/dates….surely because if it's not documented it didn't happen ;-)
    I really do think that attitude is localized, not a widespread ideal. I was a witness in Manhattan, Queens, and New Jersey burbs in both Spanish and English congregations and never encountered a family that was encouraged to homeschool nor was my family ever was. But I'm certainly not disagreeing about the influence the elders hold, and personally I could never go back to being a witness, although I still miss the plethora of friends that came with it.

    As far as the actual issue at hand, at the end of the day it's the individual nurses decision and he/she should be forthcoming at the time of the interview so that everyone goes in with both eyes open.
  13. Visit  PatMac10,RN profile page
    I'm a JW who has been a CVICU nurse for almost 2 years, taking fresh hearts etc..... I've never had a problem. I've always worked with great and opened-mind teams as well. Jehovah's Witnesses value life very much. We believe we and all people deserve the best chance at life. Some witnesses may feel their conscience will not allow them to administer blood, some will. That's up to their conscience as this doesn't involve them personally taking blood products.

    We get our decision not to take blood from various scriptural references in the bible, one being Acts 21:25.

    As a nurses, we are ethically obligated to not endorse (or force) any particular treatments on patients. When a patient asks advice. We educate them on the potential risks and benefits, and we do this with recognition and acceptance of the patient, and their family's cultural or religious influences. We (referencing Jehovah's witnesses as a whole) also don't force our beliefs on other people.

    If a witness is conflicted about the administration of blood products, it's best to evaluate the type of employment you seek in nursing, as most do in my experience.




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