Would You Pray if your Patient asked? - page 5

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   nursedawn67
    Of course I would pray with them to the best of my faith that I can. We are trained to care for all aspects of our patients lives.
  2. by   Jenny P
    Yes, I have prayed with my patients. I work nights in CV-ICU, and think that pts. are more afraid and in need of prayers at night than during the day when there is more activity and people around. Some of my co-workers are also surprised that I do pray with pts. when they ask.
  3. by   momrn50
    Sure I'd pray with a patient..have many times...all part of the job, don't you think?
  4. by   GPatty
    Yes...yes I would pray. In a heartbeat.

    Love, Julie
  5. by   Paris
    I would not hesitate. I know the power of prayer through my own experiences. When my sister-in-law was pregnant she had this rae disease, I'm not sure what its called but whatever it is it makes you bleed alot if three things happen to you. Well she gave birth and she starting bleeding and she kept bleeding. They said it looked like someone had butchered a cow in there. For the first two days they thought she pretty much wasn't going to make it and if she did she would be in the hospital for like 2 or 3 months. Well me and my church and everyone we knew prayed and by that 4th day after she had the baby she was healed and she was able to go home the next day! And the ironic thing is a lady on the same floor with the same problem died. So we thanked God for saving my sister-in-law. So i would pray without a problem.
  6. by   Fervous
    I would gladly kneel down or sit on the bed beside the pt and say a little prayer. I've done it numerous times, even with pt's that haven't asked ( because they couldn't.) One pt was on the vent and all the Dr.'s said that he would never come off. They also said that he would never walk again. I asked if he minded if I prayed for him. He shook his head No. Today, he is breathing on his own and walks with the aid of a cane or walker. *The power of prayer.*
  7. by   highasthesky
    I agree with Susy- I would do anything try and make a patient feel better, but not pray to a "god" other than the true God. I'd worry about the patients feelings, but more worried about the ultimate betrayal to God more.
  8. by   Ortho_RN
    Of course I would... I am not the most religous person, but if my patient asked me to, I would... Besides, it IS part of our jobs.. In school we are taught HOLISTIC nursing, which takes care of the mind, body, and spirit....

  9. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    hugeanurse's post regarding what's the difference which religion.....was more or less in response or directed to the excerpt taken from bagladyrn's post asking about praying for folks with other religions.

    sorry, i really don't see her post as attacking what shay had to say about the subject & i believe her (hugeanurse's) reply was misunderstood. :imbar

    i agree with susy :kiss in that anyone should pray to their own god for their patient, if the patient's religion is different especially when they or their family asked you to joined in a prayer session. when they say the name of their god, the nurse could simply say the name of their own god instead. i don't believe neither the patient nor their family would be offended; after all, they're the ones whom made the request of the nurse in the first place.

    as far as christians from different denominations are concerned, i believe that all believe in jesus christ, that he's god's son, & the only way to heaven is through him...but i maybe wrong. i also think, & i'm not sure & maybe mistaken, but i believe that hugeanurse was also talking about the rituals which separate these different christian denominations shouldn't matter when it comes to praying with or for the patient in a life or death situation.

    of course, just an observation & mho.
    Last edit by SKM-NURSIEPOOH on Apr 29, '02
  10. by   Agnus
    Here is a gentle suggestion. Only a suggestion, to those who are concerned about this issue and if it is morally right for you. Talk to a minister or your own faith. Present him/her with your concerns and ask him/her how to handle this issue.

    I can understand where you are comming from, and the issue of other gods. However, I know that each of your religions has an answer to this and a way to handle it.

    Your minister has education in dealing with this very issue that you are concerned about. That is, respecting and meeting the spritual needs of those who worship differently while maintaining the tenents of you own faith. Call and set up a meeting to discuss this.
  11. by   thisnurse
    when i first saw this post i got kind of annoyed and thought NO WAY! they would have a lot of nerve asking me to do that....but upon thinking it through...if the patient was terminal or in some kind of crisis i would because it would cost me nothing to give that kind of support and it would mean so much. whether or not i believed in prayer wouldnt matter and the patient wouldnt have to know my religious persuasions.
    i think i might refuse to sacrifice a goat in the room tho
  12. by   Q.
    Originally posted by thisnurse
    i think i might refuse to sacrifice a goat in the room tho
    You say the darndest things! :chuckle
  13. by   Stargazer
    thisnurse, that would be very selfish of you not to do so if the patient needed it spiritually!

    I am a little disturbed by the assumption being made that everyone IS religious, just not necessarily the same religion. What about the nurse who is agnostic or atheist?

    For me, the practice of religion is intensely personal. If pressed, I might offer something very general like NRSKaren suggested (brilliant suggestion, that!), but I suspect that my discomfort (unless I knew the patient very well) would come through and I'm not sure the patient would ultimately feel very comforted. Or maybe they would. I dunno.

    I admire those of you who are willing to share that part of yourselves with a patient, but I just thought I would put it out there that not everyone is completely comfortable with, uh, putting it out there. For some people, religion is as private a topic as it gets. And I don't think those people are necessarily horrible, selfish, judgemental (?) people.

    I read a book by a nurse who was agnostic. She stated that when patients asked her to pray for them, she simply thought to herself, "Yes, I will think of you." In her context, the intent, essentially, was the same---it was just the wording that was different. I thought that was a good way of thinking about it.

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