How do you incorporate faith into your daily nursing tasks?

  1. 1 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?
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  3. Visit  LaughingRN profile page
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    Quote from 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.

    Ouchy. That statement is a wee bit generalizing, as well as possibly demeaning, presumptuous and assuming.

    I personally, have never been able to distinguish between between "faith based" and "non-faith" based nurses

    I suppose that I have Faith in humanity, and that we are inherently good....That is how I practice
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    Please elaborate on this difference.
  5. Visit  soxgirl2008 profile page
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    Quote from 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.
    What is this difference you speak of...? I work with nurses who practice faith and nurses who don't..And from what I've seen they all give excellent care regardless.
    Nurse_Diane, cogath, and lrobinson5 like this.
  6. Visit  EveRose profile page
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    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.

    If you already have seen this HUGE difference why do you need more examples? Sorry but the way this is phrased is rather demeaning to those of us not in a faith based institution.
    Nurse_Diane, yai J, RN, cogath, and 7 others like this.
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    Colossians 3:23 A Christian Attitude:
    "Whatever you do, do your work heartily (cheerfully), as for the Lord, rather than for men."
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    Quote from EveRose

    If you already have seen this HUGE difference why do you need more examples? Sorry but the way this is phrased is rather demeaning to those of us not in a faith based institution.
    I don't think the comment was meant to demean those who don't work in a faith based institution, but rather those who don't ascribe to the OP's "faith."

    If they're talking about incorporating their "faith" into daily nursing tasks, I can't help but think they mean proselytizing to patients and other staff members, which is a very, very bad practice.
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    Oh my .... this thread "ain't got nowhere to go but down ".......
  10. Visit  NurseLoveJoy88 profile page
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    I usually pray every before I go into work everyday. I pray for my patients and pray over my license.
  11. Visit  kakamegamama profile page
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    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.
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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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  13. Visit  pn5437 profile page
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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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  14. Visit  anon695 profile page
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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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