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Evangelizing to patients about your personsal religion is wrong and not our place as health care providers.
However, we must be attuned to our patient's spiritual needs. This can be done without shoving our religion down their throat.
I'm a wacko born-again Christian
and I never try to convert anyone, period. Patient or not. However, if asked I will share my belief system. If asked, I will pray with a patient. Usually with a patient this kind of conversation is usually just to sit and listen to the patient talk. Not affirming or denying anything. Just being there. I will call a priest or pastor if the patient or family asks.
I agree that attempting to convert patients is not our place as health care providers.
My experience is complicated by the fact that I live in a very small town and I know almost every patient personally - they also know I'm a Christian.
Just a bit OT . . .but regarding small towns . . . when I was dating my dh I stopped into the gas station to fill 'er up and the attendant started talking to me about my dating dh (I was new here) . . . one of the things he said was "you know he is a Christian and goes to church
don't you?". Then he said "but he drinks beer too". Can't get away with anything in a small town.