Would You Pray if your Patient asked? - page 13

If a patient asked you to pray with or for them at the bedside, would you? I had this discussion with some other nurses and the responses were interesting. Some said they would have no problem,... Read More

  1. by   jude11142
    I would have no problem "praying with a patient"(and I have on several occasions). I believe that this can be done without "putting getting into a religious debate or beliefs". I actually think of it as a priviliage to be asked to pray with a patient.

    Though, I do respect others decision not to pray with their patients. Again, if it makes one uncomfortable then it shouldn't be done.

    Just my two cents worth,

    JUDE
  2. by   live4today
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    ..............What if your job forbid you to pray?
    I would NEVER work where I was forbidden to pray as prayer is the life I live, not just what comes out of my mouth. Prayer is a way of "being".....not words that are spoken, yet stagnant. Prayer is ACTION...... living what one believes to be Truth.
  3. by   BBnurse34
    Working in a Catholic hospital. I get many opportunities to hold patient's parent's hands and bow my head and think positive thoughts. If this is prayer, then I am all for meeting the person's needs.
    We need to be respectfull of patient's spiritual needs. I am frequently asked to save umbilical cords and meconium. I don't bother asking why. I just do as they wish.
  4. by   frankie
    Hello, I would pray with a patient and I would pray for a patient. Of the two, I would encourage patient, spiritual counselor, and family to join in with the patient. frankie
  5. by   gr8nurse4u
    At the rist of being the only one. No, I'm sorry, I can't, please don't ask, let me find a pastor/minister/something for you.

    I'm not a bad nurse or a bad person, I just won't pray.
  6. by   mark_LD_RN
    yes i would pray with them. Ioften pray for them with out them having to ask
  7. by   globalRN
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    yes i would pray with them. Ioften pray for them with out them having to ask
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    I agree
  8. by   globalRN
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    yes i would pray with them. Ioften pray for them with out them having to ask
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    I agree
  9. by   JAYNE :DANCE:
    YES!!!!!!! OH LORD YES :angel2:
  10. by   Just Angi
    I would pray with ANYONE who asked me to. It wouldn't matter if it was a patient or not. But, for a patient I definitely would.
  11. by   CMERN
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    yes i would pray with them. Ioften pray for them with out them having to ask
    "DITTO" :angel2:
  12. by   sbic56
    Sure I'd pray, if they asked. I'd never let on my own belief system to my patients. No need for that. No harm in aiding them in this manner in their time of need. It is about them....not me!
  13. by   TexasRN31
    I'm not a "Holy Roller", but I will pray on my way to work, during work and after work. Not a whole entire mass, prayer can be just a few words. If a pt or pt's family asks me to pray with/for them I would be happy to. I believe it helps them and ME to cope through both the tough and good times.

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