Are you a nurse with "alternative" spiritual beliefs? - page 7

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  Here.I.Stand profile page
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    I'm a Baptist...a REFORMED one! Yup, I'm one of those Calvinist types!!! Feels pretty alternative in my neck of the woods
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  3. Visit  SoaringOwl profile page
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    Quote from St_Claire
    I'm Zen Buddhist. The only time it has been made an issue is when another nurse on the floor told the DON that since I do not believe in God I should work Christmas Eve a d Christmas day without talking to me the DON did schedule me for both. The usual policy is each nurse takes a 4 hour shift so we all have the chance to be home. We straightened it out through an in service and went back to the four hour schedule.

    The only other problem it has created is when someone "finds out" I'm Buddhist it becomes the most interesting thing about me.
    I always find it laughable when only christians think they're entitled to the christian holidays. I come from an atheist and agnostic family, but we still get to gether on xmas and exchange gifts, and easter. Even the Jewish members of the family get together with us. It's like saying an immigrant nurse shouldn't have the 4th of July off.
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  4. Visit  sweetbriar profile page
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    Pagan here. I've come into contact with quite a few nurses and EMTs who are pagan
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  5. Visit  bb007rn profile page
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    I am Pagan, also and only once did anyone have any issue about it. (I don;t even remember the context) I do have people comment on my " pretty charms/jewelry"... I get the "Star of David, are you Jewish"-thing a lot. And if I choose to respond, "No, I'm a Witch", I find myself having to attempt to explain my entire belief system to a stranger. So now the general response is "thanks" or "No, I'm not Jewish" and then "Have a Blessed day".
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  6. Visit  Girlafraid13 profile page
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    I follow mostly levayan satanism for about the past 8 years but never share that with anyone and never will. Especially will never share that with a patient.. people usually don't understand it.
    I do have a tattoo of the sigil of baphoment but it's covered when I wear scrubs . And if someone wants me to pray with them I allow them to pray and will hold their hand or whatever they need no problem.
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    Quote from Girlafraid13
    I follow mostly levayan satanism for about the past 8 years but never share that with anyone and never will. Especially will never share that with a patient.. people usually don't understand it.
    I do have a tattoo of the sigil of baphoment but it's covered when I wear scrubs . And if someone wants me to pray with them I allow them to pray and will hold their hand or whatever they need no problem.
    I think that's awesome. It's less about people *not* understanding it and more about people being *unwilling* to understand it.
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  8. Visit  Girlafraid13 profile page
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    Quote from sweetbriar
    I think that's awesome. It's less about people *not* understanding it and more about people being *unwilling* to understand it.
    You are totally right. Everyone has different beliefs and that's totally OK with me. I've been told I'm going to hell, usually respond with "don't threaten me with a good time". Been laughed at in a very nasty way for understanding evolution vs creationism..etc. work and religion usually do not mix.
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  9. Visit  RNsRWe profile page
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    Quote from Girlafraid13
    I follow mostly levayan satanism for about the past 8 years but never share that with anyone and never will. Especially will never share that with a patient.. people usually don't understand it.
    I do have a tattoo of the sigil of baphoment but it's covered when I wear scrubs . And if someone wants me to pray with them I allow them to pray and will hold their hand or whatever they need no problem.
    Ok.....what? I'm unfamiliar with those terms.
  10. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    LaVeyan Satanism is one of several distinct religions identifying itself as Satanic. Followers are atheists who stress dependence on the self rather than reliance on any outside power. It encourages individualism, hedonism, materialism, ego, personal initiative, self-worth and self-determinism......To the LaVeyan Satanist, Satan is a myth, just like God and other deities.
    LaVeyan Satanism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Sigil of Baphomet is the official insignium of the Church of Satan, and is trademarked by the organization. Variations are also used by several other organizations, usually those associated with Satanism and the Left-Hand Path.
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  11. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
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    I don't know that I'd define myself as having "alternative" spiritual beliefs. I was raised Lutheran, and generally don't follow any religious path as an adult. I have studied Wicca, and felt that the balance of light and dark/male and female definitely appealed more to me than the very patriarchal Christian religion, but do not quite yet feel comfortable as identifying myself as Wiccan as I am still learning and researching. However, I do not open up about such feelings at work. I do work in a rather conservative area, and some of the comments at the lunch table or in the break room have been... rather shocking shall we say. And some of those comments were about sexuality- made in front of me, despite being openly bisexual. Not sure I'd want to open myself up even more in such an area.
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  12. Visit  grandpaj profile page
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    Not sure if I would consider myself to have an alternative spiritual belief, although I'm not a religious person. Most of my coworkers are extremely religious people, but thus far I haven't had any problems being openly gay and non-religious in a fairly conservative area of the country. I just don't share excessively when others talk about their church and home lives, which suits me because I prefer that my work and private lives are somewhat separate anyway.

    When I was a new nurse, I had trouble navigating patients' nosy questions about my personal beliefs, although I feel like I've learned to respond and redirect appropriately over the last few years.
    Last edit by grandpaj on Nov 21, '14
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  13. Visit  Girlafraid13 profile page
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    Ok.....what? I'm unfamiliar with those terms.
    Exactly as esme posted. there's the 11 rules of the earth which are a lot of fun and truths i mainly follow except maybe 1 in there. Not disrespecting while in someone's house, not harming animals(vegetarian) , not harming small children (pediatric nurse) , when someone bothers/harasses you ask them to stop, if they don't "destroy" them. Usually I destroy them with annoying kindness or a smarta** comeback. It seems intimidating but it's not most people are usually terrified of this no I don't sacrifice animals and chant with candles around them. Lol
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    Quote from Esme12


    LaVeyan Satanism is one of several distinct religions identifying itself as Satanic. Followers are atheists who stress dependence on the self rather than reliance on any outside power. It encourages individualism, hedonism, materialism, ego, personal initiative, self-worth and self-determinism......To the LaVeyan Satanist, Satan is a myth, just like God and other deities.

    The Sigil of Baphomet is the official insignium of the Church of Satan, and is trademarked by the organization. Variations are also used by several other organizations, usually those associated with Satanism and the Left-Hand Path.
    Welll.....ok then.

    I put some of that definition in bold.....and it seems to me it can all be summed up by saying "This religion is All About Me"? It's what *I* want, it's only *me* that matters, in a nutshell?

    Thanks for the info, Esme.


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