Nursing and the Sabbath - page 2

Hello everyone, I'm starting my career in the medical field as a STNA in 2 months. I plan on becoming an pediatric acute care nurse practitioner. Because of my faith, I... Read More

  1. by   Ruas61
    Quote from Neats
    As a German Jew I find myself at odds at times but I have never been told not to work on the Sabbath. I am in the medical arena and I provide direct patient care, I work when needed for this is my gift and it is interrupted different ways I look at it this way:
    Both the Old and New Testaments invite us to care for the needs and alleviate the sufferings of others, for the Sabbath is a good day for all, particularly the lowly and the oppressed (Ex 23:12; Matt 12:10-13; Mark 2:27; Luke 13:11-17; John 9:1-21).

    Other Christians may look at this different. I would certainly speak to the elders in your church but I will leave you with this

    In every religion, culture there are hospital, nursing homes...that operate 24/7...these facilities do not close.
    never mind
    Last edit by Ruas61 on May 8 : Reason: never mind
  2. by   Orca
    Quote from Rose_Queen
    I would recommend speaking with your religious leaders. Many religions have exemptions about working on holy days for staff in areas like healthcare where it simply isn't possible to close up shop.
    I am Baha'i, and there are nine holy days scattered throughout the calendar year during which I am supposed to refrain from work. In this profession, that is usually neither possible nor practical, and I find other ways to commemorate those days.

    It doesn't hurt that my religion considers work done in the spirit of service to be the highest form of worship.
  3. by   thebizzRN
    Geez, I'm in the same situation. I am a sabbath keeper and also a musician thats plays for churches on sundays as well. My music ministry is a huge part of my life, but I also have the passion for nursing. I'm having a difficult time balancing my religious obligations with my nursing job. I'm seeing that most M-F jobs without weekends are clinics, and possibly home health. I would certainly consider these job options but since I am a relatively new RN, I want to develop my experience before going into autonomous based jobs such as home health. Any ideas?

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