hey guys, not trying to be controversial or off topic here, but what role do supernatural experiences, or even just patients beliefs therein, play in your nursing? I know it has no role in medical science itself, but obviously a lot of hospitals recognize that the spiritual is relevant to patient care. (for the record I'm also very clear that the patient comes first and pushing my worldview on them is a major no-no)
I'm definitely not trying to start an argument or change anybody's worldview, but my last job before nursing school was at a charming, historical, but overtly haunted hotel. I'm a scientifically minded person, but I definitely had some weird experiences...we're talking poltergeist level here, and the majority of the staff had similar ones. often several of us were around to see the same thing. it was often relevant to taking care of our guests, when they'd bring it up on their own.
my question is this: for those of you who do
believe in this sort of thing, how do you cope with experiences of this nature? nurses are around death all the time, but I doubt anybody will talk about this particular aspect of it in nursing school. at my last job ghosts and people's belief therein sometimes played a significant role in caring for the people staying with us...I'm curious if anybody has had this experience in a hospital setting. we had some downright scary things happening connected to only one death decades ago, so I'm wondering what a hospital will be like.
even for those who are skeptical, do patients who are believers ever bring this up with you? how do you deal with it? even had I thought they were crazy (and sometimes I did) people would talk with me about this all the time. if some of these hospitals have nuns trooping through them all the time, I'm sure I can't be alone in my experience of the spiritual in the workplace...