Nursing, God's Work - page 2

Nursing, God's Work This is a letter to all the nurses who have spent time with their patient's, holding their hand, calming their spirits, praying for them, comforting them, crying with them,... Read More

  1. by   MickeymomRN
    All I can say is AMEN! I give thanks to God for giving me the heart to help someone when they are in need. And I thank Him for giving me the brains to do the work. I am thankful that I have the heart to see God at "work" in the nursing field. Sorry, but doctors and nurses are NOT god. I pray that those who do not see the "miracles" will be touched someday.
  2. by   jlsand
    I do not want to judge anyone on their faith. But here goes some of my opinion. This is just my opinion, has nothing to do with anyone personally. This isn't a flame or anything....

    For those very very few of us out there who are Agnostic or Atheist, what you've said about nursing being god's work is barbaric. Religion of all kinds has made the world a very bad place for a lot of people. It has caused wars, killed who knows how many millions or even billions of innocent people over the millenia. Religion is based in myth and has nothing to do with reality. It's a delusion. To say I'm doing god's work is the same to me as saying I'm doing Mohammeds (sp) work, or the fish god of some tropical voodoo god.

    Where do you think we might be if it wasn't for religion? I believe we would not have been held back in science and would have conquered the stars and diseases by now. When I am holding someones hand when they're dying, or taking care of someone ill in my work, I'm doing it for the patient, the family, my hospital, and for me. God has nothing to do with it for me. If my patient and the family still believes in this delusion, I will go along with them to give them comfort, but deep in my heart, I do not believe.

    I wanted all of you to hear that there is such a thing as an Agnostic or even Atheist nurses out there.... Are you surprised? I can bet you everything that I'm just as compassionate and as good a nurse as you bible thumpers out there.... (not flaming, just a little venting, believe in what you want, just NEVER preach to me.. )
  3. by   fab4fan
    Agnus, I think I love you!
  4. by   Sekar
    WOW! This thread degenerated even faster than expected.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by Sekar
    WOW! This thread degenerated even faster than expected.
    Yep.
  6. by   live4today
    Before I respond to the original poster's thread (post #1), I would like to make the following statements for the benefit of those reading, lurking, posting, etc................

    First, I'm NOT "Religious"! I don't believe in ANY "religion, denomination, or whatever society refers to God believing people as.

    Second, I'm NOT a "Bible Thumper"! (whatever that is)

    Now...on to my comments regarding Post #1.........

    I do believe that I was created by God...Maker of ALL mankind...whether they believe this or not...HE still created ALL mankind. God did NOT decide to love and call us His own based on whether we would love Him back or believe in Him in return...that wouldn't be UNCONDITIONAL love now would it?

    I also happen to believe that nursing is my "calling".

    I also happen to believe that people have different "callings" in life. Some are called to be doctors, lawyers, homemakers, teachers, childcare providers (thank God for those), Moderators of Allnurses.com , Writers, TalkShow Hosts, Actors/Actresses, Singers, Songwriters, Producers, Pastors, Sunday School Teachers, Builders, Policemen and women, Firemen and women........get my drift.

    I don't for one second believe that Poster #1 said nursing was the ONLY "calling". She is a nurse, therefore simply sharing something heartfelt that touched her as a nurse.

    Can we PLEEZ stop acting like we are all at work and "eating each other like nurses tend to do"? Maturity can go a long way folks.

    So what if you don't believe in what Poster #1 posted in her comments! So what!!!

    Why the need to attack what she believes in simply because she chose to open her heart and share. WHO did her post comments REALLY hurt???

    Does hearing people share about their belief in God really hurt if you happen NOT to believe? I don't get nauseas over those of you who DON'T believe, so why the mean comments or the negative "catfights" like SOME nurses are prone to have????

    Time for me to go to bed.....another long 13 hour shift to get through tomorrow. Check in tomorrow. And BTW...don't care if anyone believes what I wrote.........THESE ARE MY COMMENTS AND THEY STAND AS I BELIEVE THEM. Now....go throw up if you need to.

    OVER AND OUT!!!
  7. by   Jay-Jay
    It makes me angry that EVERY TIME someone starts a thread about their faith, they are jumped on, always by the same people. I must ask you all to chill out and back off. Those who have a faith in God are entitled to their opinion, and are permitted to express it without being attacked. I do not feel that Nevada's post is disrespectful to non-believers, or other religions, as she is SPECIFICALLY addressing her post to Christian nurses, and it is a very moving, thoughtful post. If you don't like it, well, that's fine, just don't shoot the messenger!

    And yes, some of us WERE called by God to be nurses! In my case, he had to SHOUT to get my attention!
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by Jay-Jay
    It makes me angry that EVERY TIME someone starts a thread about their faith, they are jumped on, always by the same people. I must ask you all to chill out and back off. Those who have a faith in God are entitled to their opinion, and are permitted to express it without being attacked. I do not feel that Nevada's post is disrespectful to non-believers, or other religions, as she is SPECIFICALLY addressing her post to Christian nurses, and it is a very moving, thoughtful post. If you don't like it, well, that's fine, just don't shoot the messenger!

    And yes, some of us WERE called by God to be nurses! In my case, he had to SHOUT to get my attention!
    :kiss
  9. by   Agnus
    I said nothing against anyone's religious or spiritual beliefs. I only said the original poster was self promoting. If I am not mistaken Christanity preaches humility.

    Because someone gives me a warm fuzzy and says it takes a special person to do what I do. Or says I am doing God's work does not make me special. This is someone who is on the outside looking in and really knows nothing of what it takes. They are admiring. It is one thing to receive admiration; it take maturity to recognize it for what it is and not start to admire one's self.
    Thank them for the complement and forget it. Nursing is no more God's work than the poor smuck I spoke of.

    Sounds to me that Nevada wants to be a preacher more than a nurse. I work for a Christian faith Based Hospice and you can bet we don't wisper christian references into the ear of the dying. How disrespectful that would be.
  10. by   Agnus
    Fab four, sorry I'm taken.
  11. by   jlsand
    What is this "calling" I keep hearing about? I believe some people just "fall into" their jobs through circumstance. Why does it have be a "higher power" that "calls" you? Sure sounds like hooey to me. I noticed that some of you seem pretty angry about those of us who are also voicing our opinion. Like I said previously, I was not picking on someone personally. Just wanted people to know that there is another side to everything! Ta ta...
  12. by   fab4fan
    Agnus: LOL...hope you knew I was kidding.

    I do agree, though, every time we turn this profession into some ethereal, pseudoecclesiastic calling it gives the public and admin. the ammo to say, "You were called...that should be your reward, not $$."

    Sorry, warm fuzzies do not pay the rent. And while I do think some people are inclined to join this profession, there are a whole lot out there that could be described as the devil's minions.

    If it makes you feel good to think God tapped you on the shoulder and said, "You, go therefore and be a nurse" more power to you. Heck, I wanted to be a nurse since I can remember...was that God? I don't know. Maybe it was because I was around nurses all my life; who's to say.

    One thing's for sure...I don't feel above the people who do housekeeping, dietary, etc.; all those jobs most people don't want to do. They are often the epitome of humility and grace.
    Last edit by fab4fan on Jul 31, '03
  13. by   Jay-Jay
    Yes, that's true, jl, and sometimes when we just 'fall' into a line of work it's not the right one. And no, being 'called' is NOT a 'bunch of hooey'. It does not happen often, but, speaking from a Christian perspective, some of the best-known and best-loved doctors and humanitarians of the world have been "called" to their life's work. I am thinking of people such as Dr. Tom Dooley, Mother Theresa, and Dr. Paul Brand, to name just three.

    Just 'the other side' of this discussion....

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