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What are your thoughts about non-Christian nurses working in Faith based hospitals (Catholic, Methodist, whatever). Are you a non-Christian or even atheist nurse working in a hospital associated with a church? What is it like -... Read More


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    What are your thoughts about non-Christian nurses working in Faith based hospitals (Catholic, Methodist, whatever). Are you a non-Christian or even atheist nurse working in a hospital associated with a church? What is it like - does it matter?

    I am not a Christian. I am currently rotating through a Catholic hospital for clinical. I absolutely LOVE this facility! The equipment is top notch, the staff is wonderful and the programs they offer GN's are incredible. Even the daily prayers over the PA are peaceful and lovely. Would it be difficult or awkward or tacky or anything to work here, as a non-Christian, non-Catholic? Any suggestions? Should I read up and know all about Catholicism? What do you do if a pt were to ask you to participate in rituals, etc?
    I worked for many years at a Catholic hospital and the staff came from all walks of life; however, there were some procedures they would not do for religious reasons (abortions, tubal ligations, etc.). Now, this may vary by facility, but I don't think your religion (or lack thereof) could legally be considered during the hiring process. Good luck.
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    This sounds like a fabulous place to work! I think you should apply, and I agree - as long as you abide by their policies, I think you'd be just fine.

    Wow. I'd love to find a place like this when I get out of school. What a calming effect it could have on patients, staff, and visitors. Sounds wonderful.
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    no matter where you work there will probably be a chapel as well as patients and co-workers with a different belief system. If your concern stems from a spiritual need perhaps you should talk to someone you trust. Otherwise, as far as work is concerned, I say it will not be an issue.
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    I can't imagine religion or lack of it being an issue. I work at a Sisters of Mercy Hospital. Ours has a great ministry department and Palliative care program. No prayers over the intercom, though. Which I think would be comforting. I'm Christian, though Protestant, but I love our nuns, the priest, and all our ministers. They do a great job. One of the nuns was told back in 1962 that she had 6 months to live after being diagnosed w/ breast cancer. Her response was to say that she would just work til the Lord called her home. It's 2006, and she's still working!
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    I love working in a catholic hospital I worked from 1975 to 1983 where I work now. I quit and came back in 1990 and have been here since. I regretted quiting long ago. For the most part all the folks I worked with in 1980 are still here. So that gives you a good idea what the turnover rate was.
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    I used to work for a Catholic nursing home. I am Catholic but I worked with a lot of people who weren't. It was not an issue. There weren't many differences. Some of the differences were: no meat served on fridays, daily mass offered, but no one was required to attend, a Eucaristic Minister brought Eucarist to those who were bed bound, and there were Catholic statues, paintings and such throughout the facility, and plastic rosary's given to those who wanted them. Since it wasn't a hospital and all residents were past their reproductive age birth control was not an issue. A protestant gathering occured once a month for those who wished to attend. Nothing shoved down anyone's throat. People of many religions worked and lived there. The only thing I remember being a problem ever was a girl who worked there was pregnant and wanted to have her tubes tied during her c-section. Her insurance would pay for it, but she was required to have it done in the Catholic hospital. The Catholic hospital refused to do it. So if she wanted it done she would have to pay out of pocket and get it done elsewhere.
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    I work in a catholic hospital and I have been here for the better part of 10 years. I am pagan and most of the people I work with know this. Some of the administration know this. Apart from some good-natured jokes and some very intelligent questions from the staff, there is no difference. There are little visuals things in the hospital that remind you they are a catholic facility and the name of the organization reflects the heritage, but I have no problems at all. Even some of the patients know my path and they are mostly very interested in hearing about it. I usually tell them something very general and very brief then leave it at that.
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    What are your thoughts about non-Christian nurses working in Faith based hospitals (Catholic, Methodist, whatever). Are you a non-Christian or even atheist nurse working in a hospital associated with a church? What is it like - does it matter?

    I am not a Christian. I am currently rotating through a Catholic hospital for clinical. I absolutely LOVE this facility! The equipment is top notch, the staff is wonderful and the programs they offer GN's are incredible. Even the daily prayers over the PA are peaceful and lovely. Would it be difficult or awkward or tacky or anything to work here, as a non-Christian, non-Catholic? Any suggestions? Should I read up and know all about Catholicism? What do you do if a pt were to ask you to participate in rituals, etc?
    When I was a Volunteer nurses in a hospital in Chattanooga,TN. It was a Catholic Hospital and they had prayers over the PA System and even though I am a southern bapt.. I had no problem with it. I only wished other christian hospitals would do the same
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    As an atheist I worked at Catholic hospitals and never had a problem. The staff refered women to Planed Parenthood or similar places if they had a problem associated with reproduction. The doctors wrote prescriptions for birth controll and did counseling but didn't chart it. I found religious value systems easier to deal with than maximise the profits systems.
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    Me too. I'm not sure quite what religion I am, but it's certainly not Catholic and I work for a Catholic hospital, in a Catholic Health system. I LOVE it. There are many hospitals in my area and this is the one I know of with the staff witht he best attitudes. There are no prayers on the PA, I think that we preform all medical procedures, and there are people of many faiths working here side by side. As long as you are there to do the best by the patient no one cares. You don't have to know a thing about Catholisism (sp?).
    ~Jen


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