How do you incorporate faith into your daily nursing tasks? - page 2

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The question is pretty much self-explanatory. I'm getting my BSN in a faith-based, private university with their own hospital. I've observed that there's such a huge difference between nurses who incorporate their faith into... Read More


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    Quote from kakamegamama
    Incorporating ones faith into how one practices nursing can mean different things to different people. I don't think the OP meant anything other than the observation that people of faith appear to practice differently from those who do not profess a faith in anything. Ones faith may be in mankind, as one poster mentioned. or may be a personal religious faith that one doesn't wish to share but that does color how she/he cares for others. Or, it may be that one lives out their faith via how they approach their day (praying on the way to work for instance, or before caring for each patient), etc. Practicing ones faith while working does not have to be a negative. In fact, it should be a positive. Hopefully, it makes one a better caregiver and person in general, as it should. The presence of ones faith, or absence of faith does have an impact, whether we want to acknowledge that or not.

    Please elaborate on how faith or lack there of has an impact.
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    i agree with kakamegamma-i in no way see how the op intentionally meant to be negative towards anyone. i think she would just like to know how to incorporate faith into her practice. I've thought about this once myself. Religion asks us to be patient, kind, respectfull and loving of all people-even on our worst, craziest days. If anything i think its harder to be a nurse who's trying to use her faith while at work. I can tell you that i wanna knock someone out almost every shift! lol But of course when I incorporate what Ive learned with my religion, it forces me to be kinder and more patient
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    "I've observed that there's such a huge difference between nurses who incorporate their faith into their nursing job compared to others who do not."

    Uhh... I've never seen a difference in nursing that's explained by if the nurse is religious or not. I don't believe in any gods or supernatural things but I care about my fellow human beings VERY much, and I know it's reflected in my nursing skills. I respect everybody's right to their own beliefs and traditions even though I don't believe in any religion/gods, and I am most certainly NOT an inferior caregiver because of this. I also attend (graduating in a few weeks) a religious nursing school, and while the school is wonderful and I don't have enough positive things to say them, I've learned to carry on their traditions and values with respect to nursing while being 100% science & rationality based myself.
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    Quote from iteachob
    Colossians 3:23 A Christian Attitude:
    "Whatever you do, do your work heartily (cheerfully), as for the Lord, rather than for men."
    Or work to serve your community, state, country, and planet. Work to the best of your ability, and never less than your full potential in life. Always behave professionally and show respect for others.

    I would assume what I said would produce the same results as the bible phrase above, no?
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    Quote from pn5437
    i agree with kakamegamma-i in no way see how the op intentionally meant to be negative towards anyone. i think she would just like to know how to incorporate faith into her practice. I've thought about this once myself. Religion asks us to be patient, kind, respectfull and loving of all people-even on our worst, craziest days. If anything i think its harder to be a nurse who's trying to use her faith while at work. I can tell you that i wanna knock someone out almost every shift! lol But of course when I incorporate what Ive learned with my religion, it forces me to be kinder and more patient
    So people without faith who feel like the want to "knock someone out" actually go through with it since they don't have "faith" to tell them not to?

    Your argument makes little sense. People without faith or of different faiths are kind and patient as well.
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    I pray that God's light will shine through me in everything I do, and say. I pray for knowledge, and guidance, kindness, compassion for myself, my co-workers, every shift. I pray for every pt, and family that I will come into contact with that night. I try my very best to conduct myself in a way that would be pleasing to the Lord.
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    Fribblet---it's hard to explain....personally, I have found that when I try to do anything on my own, without praying, without seeking wisdom, etc., I come up short. For me, it's a matter of letting God work in me and through me and if I don't consult Him or allow Him to work, I fail. Oh sure--I can be successful to a point on my own, but His best for me is far beyond any best I can give or do on my own. I don't know if that helps...as I said, it's hard to explain. I've noticed as well there is often a "certain something" when somene is practicing their faith in their work that is absent in other situations with folks who either don't have a faith or choose not to let it be part of their daily life. A "Sunday christan" so to speak.
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    Quote from kakamegamama
    Fribblet---it's hard to explain....personally, I have found that when I try to do anything on my own, without praying, without seeking wisdom, etc., I come up short. For me, it's a matter of letting God work in me and through me and if I don't consult Him or allow Him to work, I fail. Oh sure--I can be successful to a point on my own, but His best for me is far beyond any best I can give or do on my own. I don't know if that helps...as I said, it's hard to explain. I've noticed as well there is often a "certain something" when somene is practicing their faith in their work that is absent in other situations with folks who either don't have a faith or choose not to let it be part of their daily life. A "Sunday christan" so to speak.
    How do you know how deep another person's faith goes? How are you able to judge how faithful a person truly is? Do you know what's in another person's heart?

    Do people of deep faith who do horrible things also have the lord working through them?
    yai J, RN, Not_A_Hat_Person, OCNRN63, and 1 other like this.
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    Friblet-
    "So people without faith who feel like the want to "knock someone out" actually go through with it since they don't have "faith" to tell them not to?" I don't think pn5437 means that at all. I would say "of course not!" Each person chooses how to respond. A person without faith can choose to not knock someone out, just as easily as a person with faith can choose to knock someone out. As pn5437 said--when we remember what our faith teaches & follow those precepts, we are less likely to do that. It's about free will and choice to either "knock" or "not knock".

    "Your argument makes little sense. People without faith or of different faiths are kind and patient as well." Indeed they are. I've met many.
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    Quote from anon695
    Or work to serve your community, state, country, and planet. Work to the best of your ability, and never less than your full potential in life. Always behave professionally and show respect for others.

    I would assume what I said would produce the same results as the bible phrase above, no?
    Well...sure! The OP asked how "we" (each of us) incorporates faith (define however YOU like, as will I) in their daily nursing. I merely responded as to how I incorporate faith. Your results may vary.
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