julianp 1,656 Views
Joined Feb 11, '12.
Posts: 20 (55% Liked)
Lady, you left your mom at a nursing home for five years, and proceeded to go on with your life.
Don't come charging in like a wild boar when she begins her decline, and start screeching at me every weekend.
Wave your hands in my face one more time and I will snap them off and stick them neatly where they belong.
There was a situation near my community recently of a holiday nativity scene that was set up in front of city hall. A group of atheists protested the set up being on government property. Now I don't quite understand how this nativity scene threatens the beliefs of the atheists (or any other non-Christian group). However, what gives me the authority to say what they should or should not find offensive? Perhaps they were just protesting to make a stink. On the other hand, they might have been protesting because they were deeply offended by this display. It have no right to say what was their true motive for protesting. In the same way, I don't think you have the right to say that it was or was not a big deal for the OP to read a religious passage knowing the attempt to convert her.
When you start to worry if your patient hasn't urinated in a few hours, but you've gone almost the entire shift without making it to the restroom and you are excited that you have broken your own record!
Why not read it? You don't have to believe it -- just do a decent reading of the words. I am also an atheist and would have no qualms whatsoever in reading a religious text for someone who couldn't read. I believe that as a nurse, it is my duty to provide such a service as long as it doesn't hurt anyone (including me). I don't see what the harm is -- and I see no reason to not to provide this service to the patient.
It's like being a translater. Translaters don't have to agree with everything they translate. They are supposed to deliver the message as the original speaker/writer gave it -- without changing it or adding their own commentary.
What it comes down to for me is that nurses shouldn't be mixing their religious beliefs with work, especially when it comes to interacting with patients.If the patient initiates it, fine. But, to push your beliefs on a patient is selfish.
In the NICU, when a baby bradys, the first thing we ussually do is "stimulate" them to try to bring their heart rate back up. We ussually pat their butt or rub their feet. Well, I had taken one of my patients out of the isolette to feed. Mean while, my other pateint decides to brady. I ask my podmate if they could, "go smack him for me," to help him out of his brady. I then realize one of the parents was in the pod and heard my poor choice of words.
Please give any examples where Christians are expected - or actually do - "bend over backwards" for atheists. Because in reality it is the other way around.
For just one example, Baccalaureate service at graduation is by definition a religious service. It was a beautiful service which has now by and large been done away with due to protests by atheists.
Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance has been done away with in schools due to protests of atheists. School programs for holidays and even the holidays themselves have been changed or done away with.
Students in public schools have been reprimanded for praying silently or reading the Bible silently to themselves during "free " periods.
First, I will admit that I have not read all of the posts. I did read a good number of excellent responses from persons who typically provide excellent advice and thoughts.
I treat atheists they same way that I treat any other patient, with respect relative to their beliefs while honoring their lives.
That means that this pentecostal nurse has participated in native American ritual, islamic ritual, buddist ritual, etc. Whatever my patient needs on a spiritual level to complete their living and commence with dying, that is what I seek to provide for them. It matters not if it in any way resembles my religion or beliefs.
There is NO conflict with my faith...I serve my God as I help these dear people nearing the end of their days. They are only aware that I am there to serve them.
While my personal faith may speak to the requirements for salvation, I believe that we are all shown the TRUTH in our death and that God is merciful - in new ways - everyday.
You comfort atheists they way they want and need to be comforted. It is individual for each dying person while we are using the basic elements of listening and hearing the person.
We don't treat atheists any differently than we treat any other type of person. It ALL hinges on them, their needs, their lives, etc.
So...if they need me to leave them alone, I leave them alone. If they need me to hold their hand, I hold their hand. ETC, ETC, ETC. It really can be just that simple.
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