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Are you a nurse with "alternative" spiritual beliefs? - page 2

If so, have you gotten grief from coworkers or patients because of it? Tell your stories here!!I'm pagan, and I'm pretty low key about it. I have nothing against Jesus. If he existed, I think he must... Read More

  1. Visit  Merlyn profile page
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    Quote from GadgetRN71
    If so, have you gotten grief from coworkers or patients because of it? Tell your stories here!!I'm pagan, and I'm pretty low key about it. I have nothing against Jesus. If he existed, I think he must have been a pretty cool dude. But, I don't consider myself a Christian per se. I've worn jewelry that represents my faith and gotten raised eyebrows and a few comments here and there, but nothing I can't handle. Patients have been pretty ok with it but maybe that's the pre-op drugs doing their job, lol.
    Not one of my patients or nurse I work with know my beliefs( atheist ) because I don't discuss them what ever my patient is, I am. Blessed Be!
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  2. Visit  lumbarpain profile page
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    Since I was brainwashed into the Catholic religion as a child, being forced fed prayers I had to memorize by heart, and walk in a straight line to church....its incredible how my mind just turned all that preprogramed nonsense out of my head. I dont NOT believe what the Catholic religion has instilled into my veins back then, but it gave me a foundation for my life......to give me an idea that a power exists way beyond what the wee people on earth think. It opened doors for my mind.....I do believe in God, I know that there is a POWER that exists that made us all, whether by accident or by design.....IT HAPPENED. No one can tell me that God is non existent. I know and Feel God in every person I meet. I think people on this earth have to be very open hearted nowadays to what the WORD GOD MEANS.....for religion is man made......everything is man made on this planet. Except Nature/Cosmos......
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  3. Visit  lumbarpain profile page
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    Think of it this way.....if people KNEW there was a better life after death and there was proof of it for all the world to see....then we would have no people on earth here....everyone would WANT to die......but then, whats wrong with that? Why is there this purgatory/hell that we have to go through here? I would ask my patient.....What do YOU FEEL THE NEXT LIFE WOULD BE LIKE? and let him think about it over and over again. Afterall, that is what heaven is supposed to be like, all the things you loved and cherished in this life and all the happiness along with it. I wouldnt want the person to die alone either.....although this happens often in hospice or LTC. I think they need that solice to have someone with them as they leave this earth to meet their family/friends/pets on the next plane. This is so important. Not to leave this planet alone, I feel. I think most people are worried they wont be saved or meet someone else or feel something when they die......its a feeling of being abandoned, a lonliness, unwanted feeling. I think that is the worst feeling in the world.
  4. Visit  AtivanRxPlz profile page
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    I always found it strange when my professors in school brought Christianity into lesson plans, never questioning if students had other spiritual preferences (although they were saying to be open to all religions/beliefs). As a nurse, I do not feel that my spirituality/religion is intertwined with my profession. It makes no difference to me what my patients believe in, they get treated the same regardless of beliefs. I keep my opinions on religion and politics to myself at work because everyone has their own convictions. Truthfully, why does anyone care what another person does or does not believe in? We have to live our own lives and abide by our own rules. As long as we are not offended by or offensive to our patients none of it really matters.
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  5. Visit  MN-Nurse profile page
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    Quote from GadgetRN71
    If so, have you gotten grief from coworkers or patients because of it? Tell your stories here!!I'm pagan, and I'm pretty low key about it. I have nothing against Jesus. If he existed, I think he must have been a pretty cool dude. But, I don't consider myself a Christian per se. I've worn jewelry that represents my faith and gotten raised eyebrows and a few comments here and there, but nothing I can't handle. Patients have been pretty ok with it but maybe that's the pre-op drugs doing their job, lol.
    My answer remains the same: It isn't about your spiritual beliefs, it is about the patients'.
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  6. Visit  cayenne06 profile page
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    Quote from MN-Nurse
    My answer remains the same: It isn't about your spiritual beliefs, it is about the patients'.
    EXACTLY. My religion/spirituality is beside the point. I am in the process of converting from paganism to Reform Judaism, and I don't think any of my patients know, unless they caught me surreptitiously reading one of my Jewish books during some down time.
  7. Visit  blondiestime2 profile page
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    I know quite a few nurses who actually became RN's because of their faith. Of course I would only know this since I share the same faith with them, as they wouldnt go around announcing it to co-workers or patients. Nursing is a natural profession for christians to go into by helping and caring for others. My friend feels like she is doing the Lords work with her hospice care, even if she never professes her faith to her patients. I personally would never try to force my beliefs or prayers on a patient unless asked by them to do so. I do find comfort in knowing I am helping a patient when they ask me to pray for them or with them. Christian patients do sometimes find it comforting to know that their nurse shares their belief when they find out. As far as non-believing patients, it is not my job to tell them what to believe, I care for them regardless of what they believe, even if it is nothing! I would never put them down or try to "save" them, I would only love and care for them.

    People like to put all christians into the same catagory and generalize them. Every christian, every person, and every church has their own beliefs, and some of them are not at all the same. The term "Christian" and its beliefs are so broad and varied that one cannot put a single label on it. Granted, their are some christians who give us a bad name with their constant preaching about money and the "better than thou" attitudes, and more. Everyone is guilty of grouping all faiths together as one such as pagens, atheists, Jews, muslims or what ever the faith would be. We need to remember that even those groups have differing beliefs among them. Like politics, religion is something that should not be discussed in the work place. Every one will have a different opinion, and it would only cause conflict and ill feelings. Religion is a very personal thing so I think people of all faiths should respect their co-workers and patients and just keep it to themself if at all possible!
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  8. Visit  Merlyn profile page
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    Quote from cayenne06
    EXACTLY. My religion/spirituality is beside the point. I am in the process of converting from paganism to Reform Judaism, and I don't think any of my patients know, unless they caught me surreptitiously reading one of my Jewish books during some down time.
    I don't think they care. It's all about the patient
  9. Visit  OlderRNinGA profile page
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    Wow, you tell her that Jesus hates her? Just so you know, Christians aren't perfect. No human being is perfect. If you want people to respect you, you have to give respect.
  10. Visit  Stephalump profile page
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    I'm not a nurse quite yet, but I am Buddhist. I'm extremely quiet about my beliefs, primarily because I'm from a Southern Baptist family in Texas...I've learned to just keep my mouth shut. I attend a UU church, and have a circle of open-minded friends, but I don't have a bumper sticker in the shape of a Buddha on my car, if you get my drift.

    It's something that seems to confuse a lot of people - I'm not part of a religion, per se, because I don't worship a god of any sort, and I'm willing to go so far as to call myself agnostic. There could be something out there, but we have no way of knowing. And then all the crazy stereotypes and overall ignorance of Buddhism....I'm not secretive, but I'd rather just stay private. Probably because I have no desire to convert people to my beliefs. Whatever gets you through life.
  11. Visit  DolceVita profile page
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    Current Buddhist. Former Catholic. Not one of the tortured, recovering Catholics I hear of (which includes family members). In fact, I had rather a nice experience with Catholicism -- I just had a crushing loss of faith and it never returned. Buddhism really works for me. Few know what it is about and I avoid discussion of such things at work.

    For Eliza...when I moved to America I was asked constantly if I was a Christian. People seemed very keen to tell me when the were Christian. I thought it a Midwest cultural thing.

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  12. Visit  Touching Earth, RN profile page
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    I am Pagan as well, everyone at works knows, and some ask questions but here, its wonderful that all my co-workers accept me, no vile looks at all concerning this. My patients some grab my hand where my pentacle ring is worn an as if to be part of a secret tribe. Others who see it say its a beautiful ring, its small and dainty. I found that I am emmersing myself into religions of all kind, so that I am aware of patients needs. I find that I am a more understanding person of their own personal rituals. It fascinates me and I am like a spounge to water. I soak it all in.
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  13. Visit  thrn30 profile page
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    there are three subjects in life that are extremely personal and people have strong beliefs about - Religion, Politics and Nutrition. I dont fit the "norm" in any of these areas, and if i am asked what church i go to, i usually answered where ever I am working. As I did work weekends MOST OF LMY LIFE!!! so sundays, I was working. it would get me out of the conversation for the moment.
    Seriously though, it is about respect as many of you have stated. Respect both ways. If a patient would begin to preach to me, then I would simply thank them for their blessings. If they ask me to pray with them, I would do so, but I insist they lead the prayer. if they ask me hwat religion I was, i would simply change the subject.
    Until I became a Hospice nurse, spiritual practices were a side bar to the job I had to do. Although having said that, offending someone because you do not understand their religious belief is not a comfortable situation.
    Each patieint and situation is different, your instinct will guide you.
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