I'm a nurse working in a medical ward in New Zealand and I'm really interested in this site and all the things you say here. You've helped me in the past - each time I've asked.
I know that many nurses working in hospice care have definite views on what happens after people die. I don't believe in purely "dust to dust" - I believe the soul lives on.
You could say that I have an "issue" with God about heaven and hell and how, according to the Bible, a lot of people aren't saved because they don't trust Jesus.
I get really stressed over this issue.
Do you find it affects your work in hospice care, worrying about "where people will spend eternity"?
Do you ever want to say something to sway a person's chosen way?
I'm fully aware that pt choice comes first, pt autonomy etc, but I have this conflict inside.
Thanks for any comments.
Sep 25, '05
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It is illegal to prosyletize (sp) here in the US.
I think that each person finds their own way, and I wouldn't want to interfere with their journey. Finally peace comes from their own interpretation of why they are alive.
That must be a hospice thing. I discuss religion all the time w/ my patients and family members in critical care.
I've been an RN for 13 yrs and I've never been told, in school or practice, that it is illegal to discuss my beliefs w/ my patients.
And I'm very familiar w/ my Nurse Practice Act; It's not there.
Since the mid-1800s, religion and nursing have been intertwined. I work for a CATHOLIC HOSPITAL - if that's not sending people a message, then what is?? We put Bibles at all our bedsides. Not I, the hospital.
I'll discuss my religious beliefs with y'all, if you wish. (Never been accused of avoiding Politics, Religion and Sex). How could I not discuss religion with those most in need of it. That's why I'm a nurse.
I don't 'cram it down peoples' throat'. But religion is part, a big part, of why I'm a nurse; it's certainly a relevant body of knowledge for me to draw from.
Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Sep 25, '05