How to drop subtle hints with my nursing students about faith. How to drop subtle hints with my nursing students about faith. - pg.6 | allnurses

How to drop subtle hints with my nursing students about faith. - page 6

Hi all! I am a new clinical nursing instructor and am wondering how to drop hints if possible about having faith. Especially as these are future nurses. I know that carrying the love of Christ... Read More

  1. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    Quote from Katie71275
    I just graduated and we as students prayed before each test The teachers prayed with us. It wasn't anything that they started, but we would call them "announcements".
    I hope you attended a religious school.
  2. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    I hope you attended a religious school.
    It shouldn't matter. I went to a Catholic hospital based diploma program ~30y ago, and religion was not shoved on us. The only time I heard prayers was in clinical when they prayed the "Hail Mary" over the loudspeaker in the hospital.

    I'm looking at online RN-BSN programs and ruled out two due to the strong emphasis they had on religion.
  3. Visit  joanna73 profile page
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    Faith is not required to help others and teach people the ways of nursing. We can all remember to be kind, compassionate and more tolerant, and everyone's values should be respected.

    I work with someone who is Seventh Day Adventist, and we have had some interesting discussions. However, she does not openly discuss her faith with coworkers or patients. She is respectful of the fact that not everyone holds the same beliefs, which is the way it should be.

    Sometimes faith and spirituality will provide a deeper connection with a particular family or patient. HOWEVER....we must all be mindful that suspending our personal beliefs and values is essential to nursing care.

    If you truly strive to be Christian, then respect for other people's cultures, beliefs and values would seem to be most Christian- like, correct?

    This is why, for me personally, religion has no basis in my life. I believe in compassion and spirituality to guide my daily living and my practise. There are far too many religious zealots out there (Christian, Muslim, etc...name it) who believe their way is the only way, which is a huge turn off. Live and let live.
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  4. Visit  Kashia profile page
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    As a nursing instructor you can find out what faith related nursing careers there are. Google "Parish" nursing, or community faith based nursing, etc. and then let students know about these options. There are various faith related medical systems, many actually.It is not a secret.
    I recently visited a well known State University Med Center and in the hospital, next to the ER, was a prayer/meditation room. It was beautiful, it had a waterfall. It offered pamphlets- all designed the same, the difference being one Christian, another Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim. within each, their prayers.

    side note ...I notice many people responding to your post with a programmed response, something repeatedly said and heard in media, secular news, songs. But I think, as in example of the Med Ctr I just visited, people are finding common ground and this is a good thing. To get rid of the hysteria:-)

    Blessings
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  5. Visit  anothergrumpyoldRN profile page
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    When you are on the clock your job is to teach them how to be good nurses.
    Whether or not they are "saved" or follow any particular moral or religious compass is only your off duty concern.

    Let one easily offended student report your conduct and you will be looking for another job.
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  6. Visit  anothergrumpyoldRN profile page
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    Quote from tigerRN2013
    While I think that it is sad that America has gotten to this point, many people are very hostile to the Christian faith and will attack it (and you) whenever possible. If you were muslim, jewish, buddist, or other, people would receive it happily, but unfortunately it is culturally acceptable for people to treat Christians with disrespect. After you gain your students respect on a nursing instructor level, they will be paying attention to your life choices and see your faith and respect/learn from it as well. I was one of two Christians in a class of over 100 students, and by the end of nursing school, they all knew what my faith was and respected it. I received the class award for compassion and caring because I do try to treat people in a loving Christian way and they felt that. I think you are right that having home in God makes such a difference for sick patients (or anybody), but it is not something that can be taught directly in school.
    No one is attacking her faith.
    She can teach them to be nurses and demonstrate her faith in her actions.
    Just like she could if she were Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, etc.
    I doubt that she would have appreciated a Muslim instructor suggesting that she needed the love of Allah in her life to be a good person and therefore a good nurse.
  7. Visit  Quit Floating Me profile page
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    I would rather not have a clinical instructor push their religious beliefs on me or anyone else for that matter. You may be the nursing clinical instructor but you have no say in my relgious practices nor should you hint at it, either.
    joanna73, OCNRN63, Fiona59, and 1 other like this.
  8. Visit  DedHedRN profile page
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    My nursing instructors prayed in class, and I never really minded, because they were so nice and sweet and they did it quickly in such a positive manner. Example: "Oh lord, let everyone in class do well on the test today". We had a class on religion and spirituality and how it was an important aspect of wellness and was worth exploring within ourselves and our pts. We were not told what to believe but to respect each persons view, and thats what we all did. We also prayed at our graduation and had our graduation at a church.
  9. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from Kashia
    As a nursing instructor you can find out what faith related nursing careers there are. Google "Parish" nursing, or community faith based nursing, etc. and then let students know about these options. There are various faith related medical systems, many actually.It is not a secret.
    I recently visited a well known State University Med Center and in the hospital, next to the ER, was a prayer/meditation room. It was beautiful, it had a waterfall. It offered pamphlets- all designed the same, the difference being one Christian, another Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim. within each, their prayers.

    side note ...I notice many people responding to your post with a programmed response, something repeatedly said and heard in media, secular news, songs. But I think, as in example of the Med Ctr I just visited, people are finding common ground and this is a good thing. To get rid of the hysteria:-)

    Blessings
    Every hospital I've worked in or visited in my entire adult life, including the non-religious, non-church affiliated university medical center in which I am currently employed, has had a chapel/meditation room available to clients and staff. It's nothing new or special. However, there is a big difference between supporting the individual, personal beliefs of hospital clients and their families (without pushing anything on them) and "dropping hints" to students about what an instructor thinks they "should" believe.
    joanna73, Meriwhen, mama.RN, and 9 others like this.
  10. Visit  whealer profile page
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    It was my own spiritual faith that brought me to nursing. I love and embrace that you want to impart some of your own spirituality in the classroom. I wouldn't be offended by praying in class; although my spirituality is not exclusively Christian, we all are praying and live under the grace of a common source of enlightenment and healing. To that end, I find I learn best from other spiritually minded people by watching and shared conversation. As a nursing student soon to start class, I'll want to make sure I feel secure in learning how to be a nurse first and foremost.

    From my own personal experience I performed charity work with the nuns that lived on our college. I was happy to pray with them and talk about spirituality so long as I had a chance to share my own spiritual salvation (rooted in shamanism). Regardless of whatever differences there might be, we all shared a common purpose to help others. You might benefit from starting a Christian or faith based charity group or circle. Faith based circles are great because people can share their own experiences and feelings without judgement. Imagine such a circle for nurses! I'd join in a heartbeat!
  11. Visit  Caribbean Character profile page
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    HappyWife, I am also a believer and understand about wanting to share the faith, but as has been (rudely at times) pointed out, the classroom is not the proper place. Have you considered sponsoring a student prayer group and/or bible study? You could even focus on scripture relating to nursing (compassion, healing, etc).
    whealer likes this.
  12. Visit  caroladybelle profile page
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    Which post was rude, perchance?
  13. Visit  science in flowers profile page
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    Faith is fine, religion is not in my opinion. An instructor should remain unbiased and neutral on various religions...however, since faith is a universal experiences see no problem with discussing it with students.

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