Religion and Nursing - page 4

So many nurses in my part of the world are Christians, and for some reason they expect me to be one, too. I NEVER discuss religion with co-workers, but I suffer in silence when they share cutsy... Read More

  1. by   pinkplumeria
    Most of the people I work with are Christian, and some are very open and almost intrusive with their beliefs. However, I have found that those same people are intrusive with all their opinions, regarding all topics. So, I try not to have many discussions with those folks.

    I am not Christian, and actually have beliefs very different than most people I work with. If a patient asks me to pray with them, I stand quietly with them and support them in their spirituality. I do not discuss my religion with my co-workers and especially not with patients, it has nothing to do with my job performance. If it comes up in conversation, I am honest about my beliefs, but don't offer any more information than is necessary. I have not made my religion a secret, but don't want to have to discuss it at work. If my co-workers send me emails, I just delete them, I'm not offended, and I don't think anyone is trying to convert me, they are just sending along something that they wanted to share because it made them feel good.

    When a conversation turns to religion, I listen quietly, or I excuse myself. I have always found all religions fascinating, so generally I will listen and try to learn something about other people's beliefs.

    One thing I do find interesting is that a few facilities I've worked at have had policies about wearing jewelry that is religion-oriented. However, it was only enforced for "non-traditional" religions. I was questioned about wearing a goddess symbol, but many nurses wear crosses and this was never an issue. I am not offended by anyone's spiritual jewelry, but if there is a policy against it, it should apply to all.
  2. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by glow_worm


    I've worked in the blue ridge mountains of NC, and it's true that very southern Christian nurses there can become abrasive/condemning towards co-workers or patients who don't go to church! In fact, in one nursing facility where I worked for a year, nurses would attend the funerals of Christian residents who had passed, but they would not attend the funerals of non-Christians b/c these residents were supposedly going to "burn in Hell". It was very sad and bizarre. Their behavior was not congruent with "love your neighbor", "forgive one another", "judge not", and other statements from their own bible.


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    This doesn't sound very Christian to me! We are all brothers and sisters no matter our religion, and for any religious following, especially Christianity, to act in this way, is not acting in a true Christian way.

    I think there is something to be gained from every religion, so I would listen to what they say. If I agree, I may let it be known that I feel the same way. If I don't, I would just move on and not let it bother me.

    Kris
  3. by   glow_worm
    Yes, so many of the nurses wear gold or silver crosses around here, blatantly advertising their religion. I understand that it's comforting for some of the patients, probably most in my area, but it alienates others. I've thought about appearing with a Buddha around my neck -- but no, that would also alienate the patients.

  4. by   mailnurse
    Assertiveness training in action:
    If a colleague says something christian "cute" to you and you choose to give not so subtle hints,through your body language,that you do not wish to hear any more and you are ignored,then please speak out and let him/her know you do not wish to hear any more christian "cute".
    Same as when a colleague lays on a hot and heavy personal anecdote of a recent sexual conquest/encounter that you may have no desire to hear about ,for example.Or, when somebody launches into a vitriolic diatribe against a politician you may not believe in and wish to hear nothing about.
    Just say"NO" to unsolicited interworkplace conversations directed at you.
  5. by   Shiva_Las_Vegas
    Originally posted by pinkplumeria

    One thing I do find interesting is that a few facilities I've worked at have had policies about wearing jewelry that is religion-oriented. However, it was only enforced for "non-traditional" religions. I was questioned about wearing a goddess symbol, but many nurses wear crosses and this was never an issue. I am not offended by anyone's spiritual jewelry, but if there is a policy against it, it should apply to all.
    That is interesting...... I agree, if there is a policy it should apply to all. In fact, I think there might be some legal issues there if they are "selectively" applying that policy.
  6. by   jacolaur
    I proudly would wear my "Star of David" necklace

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