"...others said it was too personal a request for a patient to ask, and others said they would call the chaplain as they felt it is a chaplain function only. "
What are the scopes of Nursing? Are we not taught to consider ALL of a patients needs, including physical, psychological, emotional, SPIRITUAL??
OK, so prayer IS a personal issue. But so is a physical exam, counseling and practically everything we as Nurses do for/with/to our patients.
I won't argue with those who are more comfortable calling in a chaplain, but to believe it is NOT a function of Nursing..? What if prayer is the ONE thing that will make the difference for this patient?
Nevermind the various denominations or religions... any patient asking for prayer deserves to have my presence if that is their wish. At that point, I'm fairly certain my patient won't care if I'm praying to Jesus, God, Buddah, Allah or whoever... but the fact that I am open and willing to offer spiritual intervention may be just the inspiration a patient needs at certain times. I can only imagine what thoughts might cross a patients mind if I were to refuse to be present for them at this, their most vulnerable time of need.
Too "personal" a request to make from a nurse? I beg to differ.