Would You Pray if your Patient asked? - page 9

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   Teshiee
    I guess it depends how you look at it. I am have my beliefs and in a moment of silence praying with the family is fine. I wouldn't want to lead in prayer simply because what they believe and I may be different and I would not want to offend anyone. I also would feel honored because it is such a personal ritual to most of us it reminds us that we are all one, one love!
  2. by   secondcareer
    Absolutly Though I do agree with many that I could not pray to a God other than my own. I can do all things throught him who give me strength. phil 4-13
  3. by   lauralew
    I've prayed with patients many times. I find it an honor to be asked, because that is such a matter of -trust-. And certainly it can be done in a nice non-demon way--I like what a military chaplin said at the close of a prayer, something like "We pray to God by many names, but I pray in the name of Jesus" which acknowledges that some do not share his beliefs but states his own.
  4. by   harleyrnac
    As a Christian, I'd be grateful for the privilege of praying with a patient who requested that of me.
  5. by   Casey7
    Yes, that is part of your job as a nurse, to help your patients, and faith is very important to many people. I would have no problem praying for them. But I guess that is not completely true, I wouldn't feel comfortable praying to a "false" god, I could pray, but only to my God, but I would pray for them.
  6. by   Randall
    Yes, I would pray for my patients. I think it is appropriate to even ask if they would like prayer----after being with them and assessing their needs.
    I was so fortunate to take a 15 week class in school entitled, "Spirituality in Nursing". Helped me to clarify my own beliefs in the context of nursing and to respect those beliefs so very different than mine( Respecting the patient without sacrificing my own belief system).
    Randall
  7. by   mario_ragucci
    How do you get asked to pray? Do patients grab your arm and ask you to say the "OUR FATHER" and "HAIL MARY" with them? I can just imagine some patient bullying staff to pray. What if your job forbid you to pray?
  8. by   Sleepyeyes
    That's easy, Mario. I'd quit the job.
  9. by   micro
    Originally posted by micro

    omgicer!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    aacchhoo!
    micro
    .............
    Never forget all, just how important we are in what we do and in who we are ............. and for the call and the drive that each of you had to bring you to this field, cause it surely isn't an easy one............
    but oh, so important.........

    p.s. sometimes a prayer is a shared tear, just an ear, a shared laugh or a goofy face at just the right time.............(i.e. an understanding above what is seen always.......as what is right in front of us is sometimes just not that great for many of our patients)
    for our patients, ourselves and each other.............

    Sorry all, I quote myself.........no I am not sorry.....i think the above is pretty wise.....even if micro says so microself.....

    Mario,
    sometimes they do and sometimes they don't ask out and out if you will pray.........
    usually they don't.........but that is where my point of opinion above comes in.....

    Randall,
    you make a great point, spirituality in nursing is vital.......being comfortable with what you believe in is also very vital.........

    To others here,
    I truly and honestly respect your saying that you feel that by being Christian that it is your duty and etc. to pray with your patients,
    but that you would have difficulty in praying to any other god other than.............
    I so believe in your opinions and right to them.............

    but here is mine.........

    efiebke said it once and more.......if i was born in .......then i would be .........thx efiebke...for letting me quote you here.........without your informed consent

    anyway back to my opinion.........just borrowing from the wise here on these threads.....

    prayer is a word=websters dictionary and translation........
    to micro here.........prayer to me elicits the need and doing of holistic nursing=being and seeing the whole person, not just the lab values and the vital signs and the lung sounds........

    Do I or have I have I specifically prayed a religious prayer for a patient when asked.......yes, but actually very few times.....
    truly I do not feel that that specificity is an actual legal duty of my nursing job.........and also I would not pray without understanding that THIS IS MY PATIENTS PRAYER, not my belief system prayer.....
    but time doesn't always dictate calling in someone else.....so you hold the football and punt somedays.........

    their god is their god,
    my god or lack of a god is mine to have also.........
    but when i punch the timeclock...........
    but my patients right and needs to be met are truly there and are my responsibility as a nurse to attempt to help be met.........by myself, other teammembers, pastoral care, etc..........usually it involves the whole team having the whole philosophy and everyone believing and practicing holistic care...

    i rant and rave on too much.........thx all for listening.......

    now i close here with what a wise person once said a few times

    You just can't discuss sex, politics and religion.....
    goodday':spin: :spin: :spin:
    Last edit by micro on May 3, '02
  10. by   micro
    Originally posted by teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas
    I fthey asked I would be glad to pray for them, or with them, whatever made them happy. It just might help, and it certainly doesnt hurt a bit.
    Keep it in the short grass yall
    teeituptom

    and now to all a good night and many days............:stone
    Last edit by micro on May 4, '02
  11. by   wiegel34
    Yes I would pray for, or, with a patient and have done so. Nursing is not about just the body, but the spiritual health of our patients. We have a obligation to minister to all our patients needs. Being a nurse is a ministry as important as being a minister. Our patient are looking to us for their care and that means ALL facets of their care. Jesus never asked someone what there religion was before He healed them.
  12. by   RRMLPN
    yes, was requested to and didn't even think twice about it. was the very least i could do for another.
  13. by   Stephlpn
    I would pray with a patient who requested it without thinking twice. Prayer in an amazing, powerful thing!

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