Petitionary Prayer As A Way To Get Through A Rough Shift - page 4

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Petitionary prayer focuses on requesting or petitioning for something, such as guidance for oneself or others. Even though prayer is normally connected with organized religion, one does not need to be religious or a 'believer' in... Read More


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    Quote from Tragically Hip
    It would be great if we could discuss anything on this site without it turning into a church service or an evangelical rally. I'll give you this: at least in this case the post was in the spirituality group.
    I think that this site should get rid of the spirituality forum entirely. I recognize that the spirituality of patients is important in their care and that we should facilitate it if it's important to them, but this entire section has turned into a Christian pep rally that seems rather unfocused on patient care and more on personal beliefs. As long as this section remains contaminated by threads and posts about the beliefs of the forum members rather than how we can better patient care by fostering their own spirituality (and not in any hocus-pocus ways), I will continue to be sorely disappointed in this site.
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    I cannot believe that someone actually said that everyone in the world is a christian, well at least everyone on this site is. INCORRECT!!!! I hope you open your eyes and minds, because I assure you that there are many non christians that you will come across in the world. I think that this article has no place on this forum, my opinion.
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    Quote from cvandyke
    I cannot believe that someone actually said that everyone in the world is a christian, well at least everyone on this site is. INCORRECT!!!! I hope you open your eyes and minds, because I assure you that there are many non christians that you will come across in the world. I think that this article has no place on this forum, my opinion.
    I believe you're referring to the post below, which was most likely intended to be sarcastic. In no way was the member really implying that everyone in the world is a Christian. Perhaps you did not pick up on the sarcasm, which is unfortunate.
    Quote from Tragically Hip
    I mean, every person in the world is a practicing Christian.
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    Quote from Tragically Hip
    Since religions contradict one another as well as those who have no religion, it's impossible to discuss the subject without someone taking offense unless we all just amen one another.

    Now tell me where the god of the Lord's Prayer is each time a child dies of leukemia, a painful hereditary condition, or starvation. Or have those children simply not done sufficient marketing, so that they don't have legions of people lobbying God to do the right thing?

    I'll wait for someone to tell me I'm going to hell because I'm a heathen. It's amazing how Christians at large don't see that hideously offensive stance as offensive. The hypocrisy runs deep.

    The thing is, we can disagree with each other without offending each other. You initially wrote with the intent to mock, while others didn't. I don't care if you don't believe in god, a flying spaghetti monster, this or that. It isn't my problem. I simply stated I found your post offensive. Did I say you were going to hell? Or that you were evil? Do you even know I believe in a hell or not? I didn't. And now you replying to my post with philosophical questions.

    I have conversations like this all the time since I am the only one in my family that is of a certain faith which I am not going to discuss. When I converted, I was the black-sheep of my family. I was made fun of constantly because of my religious garb. At first, if they'd invite me to christmas, which in our culture is a booze-fest, I politely declined. They didn't want to talk, they wanted to yell. At first, it was horrible because that gave them more reason to poke-fun. After a while they understood and now everything is ok, after 4 years. They don't yell at me or try to manipulate me anymore, however I am still a black-sheep. I understand them. But I can't change my convictions for them. I can only ask for their respect. I can't even ask for their support.

    The reason I say this is because I am used to people disagreeing with me and my beliefs. That's been my life for 4 years. Trust me, I get it. You don't like religion. Great. Doesn't mean you have to mock the Gods/gods/goddesses people believe in. I don't attack athiests. Or other faiths for that matter. It's silly because people have convictions about things we just can't understand.

    BTW I am not going to answer your philosophical questions because I know this is to debate, and I don't do that stuff, sorry. I hope you understand the nature of my posts. Actually, you'll be starting at my school next semester, so it would be interesting to meet you and be able to talk personally if you ever want to.
    KimberlyRN89, Mully, and Esme12 like this.
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    Quote from kabfighter
    I think that this site should get rid of the spirituality forum entirely. I recognize that the spirituality of patients is important in their care and that we should facilitate it if it's important to them, but this entire section has turned into a Christian pep rally that seems rather unfocused on patient care and more on personal beliefs. As long as this section remains contaminated by threads and posts about the beliefs of the forum members rather than how we can better patient care by fostering their own spirituality (and not in any hocus-pocus ways), I will continue to be sorely disappointed in this site.
    We nurses are spiritual beings as much as our patients, are we not? As long as we don't insult those whose beliefs or lack thereof are different from ours, what's wrong with discussing our own spirituality on a nursing site?
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    everyone has the right to their own beliefs, therefore, we need to learn how to respect and be more sensitive, and acceptable of other cultures or beliefs because at the end we are all in the same boat...just saying
    CherylRNBSN and TheCommuter like this.
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    Quote from Clementia
    We nurses are spiritual beings as much as our patients, are we not? As long as we don't insult those whose beliefs or lack thereof are different from ours, what's wrong with discussing our own spirituality on a nursing site?
    I had a whole thing typed out, but I accidentally moved away from this page and lost it. The short story was that nursing already isn't the most well-regarded field, and the last thing we need is to look like a bunch of religious zealots on a public forum. Our religion is irrelevant on this particular website. If you'd like to discuss your favorite verses from your holy book of choice, there are better forums on which to do so. Religion requires the suspension of critical thinking and mystical thinking, neither of which is representative of the scientific backbone of nursing. I believe in some pretty interesting (non-religious) things too, believe me, but I discuss them in a more appropriate place.

    I hope you get where I'm coming from.

    ...I think what I just wrote was longer than the original statement...
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    Quote from Nurse2bKimberly
    I never speak about my faith on this board..

    Don't think I'll start either.
    That is very appropriate, and I sincerely thank you for it.
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    As the author of this article stated in the first post, the purpose of this article is to discuss how petitionary prayer can be used as a way to get healthcare workers through particularly hectic shifts at work.

    Unfortunately, several members have posted comments that are off topic and divisive with several disrespectfully mocking and criticizing spiritual belief systems of others. These threads are in violation of the Terms of Service which states:

    We promote the idea of lively debate. This means you are free to disagree with anyone on any type of subject matter as long as your criticism is constructive and polite.

    Our call is to be supportive, not divisive. Because of this, discrimination, racial vilification and offensive generalizations targeting people of other races, religions and/or nationalities will not be tolerated.
    While we do not expect everyone to have the same opinions or beliefs when it comes to spirituality or religion, we do expect members to stay on the topic and express opinions in a respectful way. We will not tolerate continued divisiveness.

    Others have posted that this forum has no place on a nursing site. Meeting the spiritual needs of the patient is an important part of nursing care. Often the nurse also has spiritual needs as she/he deals with overwhelming patient situations. These needs must be addressed separately from and without infringing upon the needs of the patient.

    If you do not want to discuss the spiritual aspects of nursing or if you cannot do so without being disrespectful of the beliefs of others, then the best option is for you to choose other threads/forums in which to post.

    This thread is now closed for comments.
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Aug 9, '12


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