Religion and work-- is there a median? - page 3

hi kids... For those that dont know me, my name is Barbara. I am a Wiccan priestess, a moderator on these boards, and a LPN. Wicca is a very gentle peaceloving religion...if anyone needs more... Read More

  1. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    The Role of Nursing does not include superstitious promotions what so ever. Right?
    My goodness Mario, you just drew a bullseye in the middle of your forehead with that question. DUCK!! :chuckle
  2. by   KP RN
    Barbara,
    I guess I'm in the minority. Displaying religious items at work is not appropriate. I don't think you can achieve a happy medium.
    The point is that prayers referencing Jesus as the only Lord cannot be agreed on by everyone. A crucifix can arguably make some uncomfortable. Imagine a jewish nurse displaying a star of david and an israeli flag on a shelf. How long do you think that would last??
    I would never consider displaying religious symbols in a common area of my work, and I would request the same of you...
  3. by   boggle
    I just have to comment on how proud I am to be associated with you allnurses folks! What a wonderful, mature discussion you have here about a very sensitive issue!

    You have kept to the point, been respectful ( and funny too) and truely given me food for thought.

    You are awsome!!
  4. by   RNConnieF
    I wear a religious medal under my uniform at work all the time, none of my patients know about it. (Just as an aside, the one neck chain rule many places have is to avoid running into any religious problems by banning all neck chains.) Funny though, every time, and I mean EVERY time I've asked an acutly ill patient if I could pray for them they NEVER ONCE asked which religion I would be praying in. To a lot of us God is God no matter which church we pray in. If I ever request your prayers please feel free to pray to a Christian God, to Budda, to Wicca, to any and all Native American Gods, to the Hebrew God, and to any other God you feel will listen and grant peace. Hell, if I'm at the point where I need prayers the ONLY person I can think of I wouldn't want praying to me is Osama BinLadin (sp?) and that's only because I'm pretty sure NO God would listen to anyone who's mission in life in mass murder. I don't mean to sound flip, I'm just trying to point out that we all nedd all the prayers we can get most of the time. So for those of you who won't take offense if I pray to a Catholic God, I'll pray for you all tonight as fellow nurses.
  5. by   SheilaK
    All I can say is if you can take the heat.. by all means STAND UP for your rights. On a personal level I had a job in the past make my working life VERY difficult once my "religious beliefs" were known. So I do my own thing and to each there own.

    Blessed Be
  6. by   P_RN
    Sleepyeyes...excellent post.

    KP RN I agree Displaying religious items at work is not appropriate.

    Your faith/spirituality is within you. A representative symbol on a chain or in a pocket is sufficient. After all YOU know it's there.

    I'll not get into a discussion that trashes ANYone's beliefs.
  7. by   semstr
    Neither a star of David,nor the Israelian flag are religious symbols for me, but a sign of something else, like belonging to this country or group of people.
    We have crucifixes on the walls of the hospital, but we take them down, when patients want it that way.
    Take care, Renee
  8. by   delirium
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    O/T: What's wrong with the missionary position?
    Uh, I'll have to PM you about this, baby.

  9. by   delirium
    Originally posted by studentOH
    ROFLMAO! Amen girlfriend!

    Brian
    Bri:

    Can I get a 'hell yeah'?



    Del
  10. by   nrsjo
    Try working in the midsouth and escaping religion.

    My coworkers openly read and discuss the bible, pray over patients, and sometimes wonder about those of us that don't join in the group prayer sessions. I have lost count of how many family members have gotten in my face to ask me if I have been saved. I often feel like asking "from what?"

    My religion or lack of is my business. I just wish we had a bit less of it in the work place. It does amaze me though with as many churches and preachers as we have per square mile, and as many people who claim to be "religious" in this town, that we have as many drunks, druggies, killers, and criminals as we do.
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by nrsjo
    Try working in the midsouth and escaping religion.

    My coworkers openly read and discuss the bible, pray over patients, and sometimes wonder about those of us that don't join in the group prayer sessions. I have lost count of how many family members have gotten in my face to ask me if I have been saved. I often feel like asking "from what?"

    Oh! So true! I went to nursing school in Memphis - you aren't kidding!!
  12. by   Aussienurse2
    I have got to say that I am shocked, NEVER has any religion been promoted in any hospital I have ever worked in. Not even those owned and run by religious groups. I would never PRAY to any god or being on behalf or with a patient. Not my job, that's what we have chaplains for. It's just not our job!!
    We give care and meds, that's it! No wonder you are all burnt out if your looking after peoples spiritual needs as well! I can just see myself waxing lyrical about the sacrednes of trees and peace to Aussies! LOL!!! I'd be out on my patootie so fast I wouldn't be able to grab anything.
    Religion in hospitals dispensed by nurses, oh get a grip!!!
  13. by   micro
    back to this thread......
    I still agree, yeti, you should be able to place whatever symbol is significant to you, as this is your workplace, also.........
    and it is of import to you.......
    And I also state that because it is often nothing thought if something placed or posted is of mainstream belief systems.....
    I say stand your ground.....or it all comes down........
    yeti, rock on, and let us know..........

    but onto my other, after much thought as to continue talk/typing my opinion here.......
    I agree with what mario, aussien2, kprn and others have stated.........
    nursing should not be promoting a specific religious belief system, but we do and should honor and our patient's belief systems.....and provide if possible accessibility to this.....for the complete patient care.....
    what my belief system is or lack of is not for me to show at work............
    this is a fine line........
    I do not want someone shoving their belief system down me, but I do respect their belief system. Openness to others is what is lacking these days........
    ya da ya da ya da.....
    i am driveling now, so adios'
    micro and out

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