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How do you incorporate faith into your daily nursing tasks? - page 9

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... Read More

  1. Visit  Horseshoe profile page
    Quote from iteachob
    I'm just wondering...for all of you who are loathe to bring up religion/religious practices with patients.....how do you properly conduct a cultural assessment? Many health practices around the world have their basis in religion.
    But that really doesn't have anything to do with the original post. The OP asks how we nurses incorporate our faith into our nursing practice. A good cultural assessment doesn't have anything to do with our own religious beliefs, it is all about finding out what the patient wants and needs regarding, among other things, religious issues/practices/desires.

    Those who have posted sentiments tantamount to being "loathe to bring up religion/religious practices with patients" have mainly been referring to being averse to bringing up their own beliefs, not being reluctant to address the patients' needs in this regard.
  2. Visit  metalRN profile page
    Quote from mds1
    I think that anyone who has a belief in "something" may be as easily recognized as well as those who appear to not believe in anything. NOT to say they both don't give good care, it is sometimes the delivery of care, or the attitude of the caregiver. (Not saying this right) If I don't give a flying fig about anything, religious or not, you are gonna know it, right? If I DO care, you are gonna notice that, too, right??
    This would seem to imply that an atheist would "appear to not believe in anything." Most of my patients talk to me about their beliefs, always assuming that I believe the same way. I think many of my patients would be shocked to find out I don't believe in their god, because I don't act the way many think a stereotypical atheist will act. Just because we don't believe in your god or your religion, doesn't mean we go through life not believing or caring about anything.

    It's not that I don't believe in anything. I believe that people should be treated with respect. I believe everyone has the right to their own beliefs. I believe that if each one of us will do our part to make the world a better place, even if it is just one patient at a time, we will all be much better off. I believe in doing what I can to help people in the here and now, not trying to behave a certain way to get some reward in the future. I care for people because it is the right thing to do.

    The bottom line is: there are atheists who treat patients badly, and there are "religious" people who treat patients badly. And there are atheists and "religious" people who treat people with respect and compassion. Faith has nothing to do with it. It's all about the individual.

    Funny story... I used to take care of a 95 year old woman who was a Jehovah's Witness. She once told one of the other nurses that I was "a good religious woman." She assumed I had some kind of faith because I cared for her and treated her with compassion. I wasn't going to tell her any different, because it was not about ME, it was about HER. If that thought gave her comfort, I'm not going to take it away from her.
    Last edit by metalRN on May 11, '11 : Reason: Edited to add funny story at the end. ;-)
  3. Visit  royhanosn profile page
    be careful who you do the faith thing to! Not all people are religious. I dont get into political or religious discussion, with patients or staff. To each their own.
  4. Visit  FlyingScot profile page
    Quote from metalRN
    I think there is no reason to incorporate YOUR faith into your job as a nurse. What matters is the patient's faith and beliefs and respecting them

    I work with a nurse who pushes her faith on everyone. She once told a patient who is a Jehovah's Witness, "God bless you." Now, from what I know of this religion, their god is Jehovah, not "God". I had one JW patient who was adamant about "it's not God, it's Jehovah!" So, whether this particular patient was offended, I can't say. But it is not that nurse's place to say that to the patient anyhow.

    If your faith helps you to be caring and kind, awesome. For me, I treat everyone with respect and a non-judgmental attitude. I don't need any kind of faith to help me do that.
    Of course there is a reason to incorporate my faith into my nursing job. My faith is not something I wear just on Sunday it is part of who I am. However, incorporating my faith into my job as a nurse NEVER means forcing my beliefs on anyone...EVER. I'm tired of people assuming that this is what it means based on interaction with a very small sample of people. I incorporate my faith by praying that God will guide my hands when I'm doing a difficult IV stick, I pray that God will grant me the grace to put aside my feelings and show mercy to the patient that has spent the entire shift referring to me a a mother------- b--ch. I can assure you if I responded out of myself it wouldn't be kind. I pray for patience when dealing with staff who JUST DON'T GET IT after explaining something to them a million times. I, by nature, am an impatient person. Not something I am proud of but it's the truth. I am a very flawed human being with strong opinions and a temper to go with them. I don't always need help being kind and caring but sometimes I do and that is what my faith is there for. It helps me when things are just too much for my human side to handle. If you don't feel the need for it...good for you but do not denigrate me by implying that the fact that you don't need it makes you somehow better. All my patients know at the end of the day is that they were cared for by someone who was willing to go the extra mile for them and that's what matters.
  5. Visit  royhanosn profile page
    agreed! its not the faith, but the work you put into what you do for the patient. Extra mile or other buzz words, if the patient is more comfortable..you got it.
  6. Visit  ssnodg1 profile page
    to medpro32 if this is your opinion then i am not sure why you joined in this discussion, just to bring negativity?
  7. Visit  steelydanfan profile page
    Quote from orangepink
    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 their nursing job compared to others who do not. So in what ways, do you incorporate your faith into your work?
    I don't.

    I find your post to be rather offensive, as if nurses without concrete religious beliefs are somehow LESS effective than those with.

    An atheist nurse can be just as effective as a Born Again Christian, and if you walk around judging your colleagues on these terms; your time in nursing wil be short.
  8. Visit  iteachob profile page
    Quote from hiddencatRN
    I never said it didn't. What I said was the cultural assessment is about the patient. Incorporating faith in nursing is about the nurse.

    Asking a patient about their religious needs and preferences, if there is anything regarding their faith I need to know to make their stay more comfortable, would they like to see a chaplain or their own faith leader while in the hospital, do they have any dietary restrictions, is focusing on THEM and their needs, not me and my beliefs.

    So I don't see how a nurse who doesn't push his or her religious beliefs on a patient would necessarily have trouble with a cultural assessment.
    I don't disagree with anything in this post.
  9. Visit  SMOKEY2112 profile page
    Originally Posted by orangepink
    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.

    Quote from Nascar nurse
    It is this sentence that makes some defensive. It is easy to read it as "If you don't have faith you suck and couldn't possibly be as good of a nurse as someone with faith".
    EXACTLY!!! And honestly, in my opinion, what you say you have observed is a biased opinion because you are probably very religious! Seriously, you will never EVER see an Atheist, or anyone else who isn't religious or doesn't believe in "god", ever make an ignorant statement like that.

    Some people are saying that you didn't mean it in that way and you just wanted to know how to incorporate faith into your nursing job.. but if that is the case, you would have just asked a specific question.

    I'm quite sure you wouldn't want me to post information about IQ tests, etc when comparing religious people to non-religious people.. honestly what you said was just really uncalled for in my opinion. Just sayin...
  10. Visit  SMOKEY2112 profile page
    Quote from Nascar nurse
    It is this sentence that makes some defensive. It is easy to read it as "If you don't have faith you suck and couldn't possibly be as good of a nurse as someone with faith".
    Quote from steelydanfan
    I don't.

    I find your post to be rather offensive, as if nurses without concrete religious beliefs are somehow LESS effective than those with.

    An atheist nurse can be just as effective as a Born Again Christian, and if you walk around judging your colleagues on these terms; your time in nursing wil be short.

    Very well said! I honestly wasn't going to even comment on this thread..but it was just driving me crazy!!


    But really.. I just wanted to say to you that I LOVE Steely Dan! THEY ROCK!!!
  11. Visit  hotscrubs profile page
    Wow! Can't believe this post has ruffled so many feathers. Why are so many people in here so sensitive and take stuff so personal? We ALL have faith. There are all kinds of things that we are faced with everyday that requires faith, like boarding a plane. It takes some faith to trust the pilot with your life. Having surgery? Faith helps people trust the docs with their life. Believe it or not, but that is faith. Now religious faith is the topic here and not even so much faith, just how nurses adapt that part of their life into their nursing. I don't think the question was made to make anyone feel less because they don't belong to a certain group or belief, (maybe the subject is touchy because people feel guilt). I don't know I'm just saying. So no you don't have to be religious to have faith. You can be spiritual and have faith and not be religious. Who really cares what all you are, the point of the matter is do you incorporate that into your nursing, does it help you, and how do you do it. That is the question the person asked in the beginning. Why everyone is getting all fired up is strange to me but whatever. To answer the REAL question here I'd have to say for myself, I pray everyday before my shift and at night before going to bed. I'm a new grad so really, atheist or not, who can go into that job without fear and without prayer? If any of you do, whew you got some balls!! I don't think it's a good idea to go preaching at everyone and passing out literature unless its asked for, but if a patient is religious and maybe wants to pray, whats wrong with that? Faith and hope have been proven to do miracles and if it helps the patient, we should do what we can. I wouldn't mind praying with my patients and they don't have to be christian, if their muslim or hindu what ever, if they want me to pray with them, sure why not. I had a great nursing instructor in school who said he is not religious at all but doesn't mind praying with patients because it makes them feel better. Thats a good nurse. Not shoving your beliefs down everyones throat, but being open and supportive in all aspects of care. I think it's the nurses that tell patients, "I don't believe in that so I can call someone for you" passing the buck and not being therapeutic. Bad Nurse!! haha
  12. Visit  hotscrubs profile page
    Quote from steelydanfan
    I don't.

    I find your post to be rather offensive, as if nurses without concrete religious beliefs are somehow LESS effective than those with.

    An atheist nurse can be just as effective as a Born Again Christian, and if you walk around judging your colleagues on these terms; your time in nursing wil be short.
    The post never said that an atheist nurse can't be effective or is less effective, they just said they've noticed a difference between the two. There is no mention if that difference is good or bad so why are we jumping to conclusions here? Why so sensitive? I don't think that post was judgmental at all, I think that if anyone wants to talk faith or religion, people obviously can't handle it.
  13. Visit  hotscrubs profile page
    Quote from SMOKEY2112
    Originally Posted by orangepink
    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.



    EXACTLY!!! And honestly, in my opinion, what you say you have observed is a biased opinion because you are probably very religious! Seriously, you will never EVER see an Atheist, or anyone else who isn't religious or doesn't believe in "god", ever make an ignorant statement like that.

    Some people are saying that you didn't mean it in that way and you just wanted to know how to incorporate faith into your nursing job.. but if that is the case, you would have just asked a specific question.

    I'm quite sure you wouldn't want me to post information about IQ tests, etc when comparing religious people to non-religious people.. honestly what you said was just really uncalled for in my opinion. Just sayin...
    Who are you to say that this persons observations are wrong or inaccurate? If the institution they work is some how doing very well and patients are always having a great experience and its so "faith based" that this person can see a difference from this institution compared with another non faith based one, who are you to say that observation doesn't exist? Oh it didn't happen? Whatever! Just because you don't like it doesn't mean you have to hate. Gosh can a person have an opinion in here? Seems like everyone who does gets chewed out.

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