Looking to connect with other Christian nurses - page 4

by SuzieF 11,774 Views | 73 Comments

Hi everyone, My name is Suzie. I am a registered nurse in Pensacola, Florida. Nursing has been my heart and passion more and sometimes less since the mid 1990ís. I have worked in the acute care hospital setting since then. I... Read More


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    Thank you everyone. I am glad to know there are so many other like minded nurses out there. Our Christian faith birthed our profession; on that we can stand firm and together.
    Bless you and guys/gals.
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    Hello all. I ended up reading these posts as they were "liked" on our home page. Please forgive my questions, as I am not a nurse yet, I hope to start school in the fall. I am not religious, but respect those who are. Does religion come up more because of the field you are all in, or do most people keep it private? I am not sure what to say to patients or families if this topic comes up?

    Thanks
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    hi suzie..i loved ur above article ..and m new to this site as i joined today...
    i am a registered nurse from india and am a born again believer ..
    i love my job as i c this as a part of ministry....
    but my problem is that i cant it make it to the church all 52 weeks in a year..as my charge nurse finds it difficult to give duties on sunday morning to other nurses. do you consider it as a sin??? as i always wish to attend the worship which is only on sundays morning..

    please do send me reply..
    regards priya
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    Hey everyone!! I too am a born again Christian. And I do feel that being a nurse is part of a service to God! I don't get to attend church every week either and was often bothered by this but my father is a pastor and he reminded me of where even Jesus healed the sick and afflicted on the sabbath day!! Susie I would love to meet in person one day!! While I don't live in Pensacola anymore but all my extended family still lives there and I am there often!! It is always nice to hear about other Christians working in the nursing field!
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    Hello Suzie!
    #1 Believer here!!!!!! Welcome!!
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    I am a nurse, and have recently come to Christianity.
    In response to a question further up, I tend to keep it quiet (I'd hate to attempt to evangelise with the wrong person!) but am just beginning to get braver, and to proclaim my faith amongst co-workers.
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    Nice to see other Christian nurses!
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    Quote from graciousgod
    hi suzie..i loved ur above article ..and m new to this site as i joined today...
    i am a registered nurse from india and am a born again believer ..
    i love my job as i c this as a part of ministry....
    but my problem is that i cant it make it to the church all 52 weeks in a year..as my charge nurse finds it difficult to give duties on sunday morning to other nurses. do you consider it as a sin??? as i always wish to attend the worship which is only on sundays morning..

    please do send me reply..
    regards priya
    Priya,
    I know what you mean by feeling as though your nursing career is a ministry; I feel the same way. We follow in the foot steps of centuries of nurses that felt the same way. If you ask me, we are doing among the purest form of the Lord's work.
    I also empathize with you regarding feeling uneasy about not going to church on Sundays. I do agree with rncat200, when she said her father reminded her that even Jesus healed on the Sabbath (or Sunday in our case). Jesus did not come to make us feel guilty. He came to free us from being a slave to guilt and sin. Romans 8:1 says, "Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." He knows your heart and the limitations in your work environment.
    You are right that it is important to worship, but I encourage to find other ways to it. It could be listening, singing and dancing to special music that the Lord uses to draw you closer to Him. Invite your friends to join you as well. Matthew 18:20 says, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them."
    But, the bottom line is, as you mentioned, your work is your ministry, or you can also look at it like your work is a form of your worship to God.
    The Sabbath is intended to be a day of rest, as well. This is for our own good, because the Lord knew we would need it. He speaks volumes to us when we are resting (and praying).
    So, I believe it is fine to work on Sunday when you must. Just find other times to meditate on God, pray, study His Word, and worship Him. But also begin to pray with boldness that the Lord will work it out for you to have more Sunday's off as well. Things will change in the future-if by chance they do not, you can be confident that you are where you are on Sundays for a reason.
    Blessings!
    Suzie
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    Quote from toonsis
    Hello all. I ended up reading these posts as they were "liked" on our home page. Please forgive my questions, as I am not a nurse yet, I hope to start school in the fall. I am not religious, but respect those who are. Does religion come up more because of the field you are all in, or do most people keep it private? I am not sure what to say to patients or families if this topic comes up?

    Thanks
    Toonis,
    Congratulations on your new beginning into nursing! It is evident that you are beginning to cultivate your critical thinking skills and using wisdom. You are already thinking like a nurse!
    First, you are looking to learn from others in the allnurses community and asking questions.
    Second, although some would disagree, it is wise that you are wondering how to help a patient with spiritual needs - Christian or non-Christian. A patient or family member with spiritual needs/distress will be more common in some nursing disciplines than others- say, Hospice, NICU vs. postpartum, school nursing. However, these are not certainties either way. You just never know who may verbalize a spiritual need.
    Humans are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual beings. The World Health Organization and JCAHO set the expectation that a patient has their spiritual needs assessed. They offer assessment guidelines as well. If we discovered a need, the nurse should do what he or she can to implement a plan to help the patient have those needs met. This can be through calling the patient's spiritual pastor/advisor, the chaplain or finding someone else who is competent and willing to help.
    In nursing, we call this "holistic care."
    So, to answer your question- Yes, I think the subject of religion probably comes up more often with a nurses patients simply due to the lengths of our patient contacts. Also, we are usually the ones, there to comfort the patients in their greatest time of need.
    No worries, you will do fine when the time comes. You evidentially have a good head on your shoulders.
    May God bless you as you proceed into the profession.
    SuzieF.
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    Quote from SuzieF
    Gold_SJ,
    I agree with you only some are called to evangelism. When we are in our caregiver roles as nurses, it is always best to simply allow the Spirit of God to speak the truth of the Gospel. He can do this through our prayers and actions. No proselytism needed.

    One of the best quotes ever is..."Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words." (St. Francis ?)

    Do you mind if I ask what direction you feel the Lord is taking you if it is not nursing?
    Just curious.

    Blessings,
    Suzie
    ^.^ That's alright, with nursing I do love it but I feel unsettled like I'm supposed to be doing something else. I pray that I do what's right and I have a sense I'm supposed to write. Which I do daily (as I personally love to) but whether it eventuates as being the correct path I don't yet know. Just have to keep praying and trusting the Lord.
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