Do You Have To Be Religious/Spiritual to be a good Nurse? - page 4

I'm struggling with this to an extent. I go to a deeply religious school and yes, I hate it. At times I feel as though it's a major requirement to be religious in order to function as a nurse and I... Read More

  1. Visit  reagansm} profile page
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    I am a Christian and I served in Christian outreach for 10 years before deciding to go back to school and study nursing. The only fast Bach program in my area was at a Baptist university that required religion or Bible courses as a pre-req. I decided to stick with the ADN program partly because I did not want to have to deal with Baptist indoctrination (been there, done that, and left it a long time ago).

    That said, nursing school is a juggling act no matter where you go to school. My spiritual beliefs have set me apart from a lot of my class mates. I am friendly with most of them, but we are not close. That is OK. I am there to get an education, and to become a nurse.

    You will survive this and become a great nurse. It is important to know yourself and what you believe. But like the poster who is an atheist said the care you give is about your patient, not about you, so it is important to learn how to speak therapeutically without offering your own religious views and opinions.
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  3. Visit  Deidra47} profile page
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    [QUOTE=Soliloquy;7045430]I'm struggling with this to an extent. I go to a deeply religious school and yes, I hate it. At times I feel as though it's a major requirement to be religious to put my desires on the back burner if I don't have to.

    You do not need to be religious nor spiritual to be a nurse but you must understand and respect your patient's right to be.
    It sounds as if you need to transfer out of a nursing school that is religion based/sponsered and find a secular school to go to.
  4. Visit  tewdles} profile page
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    Hopefully your faith will inform and enrich your nursing practice.
    Nurses do not proselytize.
    Most employers will fire you if they believe you are engaged in that type of religious activity.
    Dying atheists have a right to die without God.
    Dying Buddhists don't need to hear about Jesus from their nurse.
    Dying Muslims may want you to read their Quran to them.
    etc, etc, etc
  5. Visit  Soliloquy} profile page
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    Quote from ColleenRN2B
    Well, if this hasn't already been addressed by others, what does "certainly not Catholic" mean?!
    It wasn't meant to offend. Just sharing what I know to be true of myself.
  6. Visit  Soliloquy} profile page
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    Quote from classicdame
    being spiritual and being religious are different. To answer your question, you do not have to be religious, but you will not be effective as a nurse if you do not respect the spiritual side of others. Can you change schools so you can concentrate on nursing, not religion?
    I only have one semester left so to change schools would mean they'd want me to go back to their Patho/Pharm and redo stuff. At this point, I'm looking forward and trying to ensure I make more knowledgeable, evidenced-based decisions.
  7. Visit  RURN2O11} profile page
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    You don't need to be religious to be a great nurse, not at all! I grew up in a very religious family but I have left that behind since going to nursing school. I have dealt w/ lots of life & death issues as a nurse & not being religious hasn't hindered me a bit. I always support my patients in their own spiritual/religious beliefs as long as it is helping them, & I do not feel like my own beliefs (or perhaps lack of beliefs) has ever hindered me from providing the best possible care. Groupthink isn't good for nurses b/c we need to think critically & independently. Believe me, you will be questioning orders all the time. As you stated, everyone deserves respect but this does not meaning kissing a$$ unnecessarily. Just be kind & appropriate to everyone, doctors, patients, families, etc, & you will do just fine!
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  8. Visit  RURN2O11} profile page
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    I agree that if you are an atheist/agnostic it is probably best to be somewhat ambiguous about your beliefs w/ your coworkers & patients alike. That is what I do & it has always worked out very well for me. And although I do inpatient telemetry, I have taken care of quite a few hospice/palliative care patients & they are actually my favorite patients. My own lack of religion has NEVER been an issue; I have always bonded very well w/ these patients even though I usually don't share their religious beliefs.
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  9. Visit  CYoungLPN} profile page
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    Quote from tewdles
    Being sensitive to the spiritual needs of the patient...yes required.
    Having a spiritual or religious faith yourself...no, not required.
    This!!
  10. Visit  malenurse354} profile page
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    I don't think so, but of course you have to learn to respect the spiritual beliefs of other people around you; particularly by the patients you handle! Being a good nurse is not equal to being spiritual!
  11. Visit  NurseKrieger} profile page
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    No I do not. Nursing is a profession and an emerging science and should be treated as such. Not soaked in superstitions and rituals. We aren't nuns anymore.

    However! That being said- it is imperative that we recognize, respect, and support our pts spiritual beliefs. This includes providing for them. I do not pray with patients but I am happy to hear their stories and refer them to chaplain.
  12. Visit  favflu} profile page
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    Actually practicing bible principles can help you to be humble to all people. In other words, do not think you are above others or you are above taking on certain assignments. If you see a CNA needs help, offer your assistance etc. In addition to being religious, you must have the desire and compassion to be a nurse, and having those two important qualities will help you to differentiate whether you consider nursing as just a job or a career. If it is just a job, you are only working for a paycheck with no interest of improvement. But, if it's a career, you would want to make things better, not only for you but for the patients on a long-term basis. Also, loving what you do, will help you to overcome certain issues or challenges that might arise. I know as a former staff nurse, you have to work with different types of personalities that can instill fear, lack of confidence, accusations of being antisocial, and even having an attitude that is unknown to you. But those two attributes called "desire and compassion" that guide you in becoming an RN will make you triumphant, while others might quit. So, you have humility based on your statement that, "everyone is special and not just a chosen few." You have that special quality called humility to be a great nurse, and that's what will separate you from the rest. Matt 18:4- Jesus says, "we have to humble ourselves as children." So go out there and make the profession stand out by your fine examples
    Last edit by favflu on Dec 26, '12 : Reason: Repetitious words
  13. Visit  MuslimRN} profile page
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    Quote from favflu
    Actually practicing bible principles can help you to be humble to all people. In other words, do not think you are above others or you are above taking on certain assignments. If you see a CNA needs help, offer your assistance etc. In addition to being religious, you must have the desire and compassion to be a nurse, and having those two important qualities will help you to differentiate whether you consider nursing as just a job or a career. If it is just a job, you are only working for a paycheck with no interest of improvement. But, if it's a career, you would want to make things better, not only for you but for the patients on a long-term basis. Also, loving what you do, will help you to overcome certain issues or challenges that might arise. I know as a former staff nurse, you have to work with different types of personalities that can instill fear, lack of confidence, accusations of being antisocial, and even having an attitude that is unknown to you. But those two attributes called "desire and compassion" that guide you in becoming an RN will make you triumphant, while others might quit. So, you have humility based on your statement that, "everyone is special and not just a chosen few." You have that special quality called humility to be a great nurse, and that's what will separate you from the rest. Matt 18:4- Jesus says, "we have to humble ourselves as children." So go out there and make the profession stand out by your fine examples
    Great Message!
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  14. Visit  LadyFree28} profile page
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    *HUGS*

    Nursing school can be stressful in itself, but WOW!! Heretic, really???

    Christian Brother graduate...NEVER experienced the school to have a dogmatic stance. Their mission statement was very compassionate. The requirement was two religions, but emotional reasoning WAS NOT ALLOWED. You were ALLOWED to examine...I loved these classes as well as philosophy-especially ethics-because it allowed people to get into the "gray area" or life, and learn to respect the broadness of life. I'm sure this religious institution has certainly gave you a very traumatic experience :/

    I do have a question... is your struggle on standing on your own principles, vs your thoughts that what nursing principles are, which may be compounded by the institution's "worship" of nursing's past pioneers?? For example, have you questioned the rationale, then a nursing instructor's explanation was well this nursing theorist said "....." and you thought that was dogma??? I just want clarification on your stance of "submitting" to say, a theory, whether the instructors tone may sound like dogma.

    I do believe that you have to be grounded in a sense to have compassion in order to be a nurse...My belief is that compassion trumps culture, belief system, etc. My belief as a spiritual agnostic-I am a deeply spiritual person who chooses NO religion-has not impeded relationships with pts..I come from a background family and friends with Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism, and Muslim denominations and everything in between...we all respect each other the same and respect each other in love. The main issue is if you are comfortable in YOU, no one could EVER take that away...ever, regardless where you go in life, people may not understand YOU, it only matters if you understand you-hope that makes sense Don't ever forget to do self-reflection...don't allow what others don't understand about you to effect your happiness.


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