Prevalence of Christians in the field of nursing - page 3

by FSUNurse2b

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I will be making a career change, from the banking industry to nursing. Thought about it over the past year. In my industry, Christians are far and few between. I suppose much of this has to do with the main focus being,... Read More


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    Dear OP,

    This is a secular website, so, I am wondering what kinds of answers you thought you were going to get? To answer your question...it runs in line with the general population. As I am sure you know by now, the term, Christianity, has taken on this whole, wild, life of its own. We have been a post-Christian era for some time, so seriously, hang on; the ride will be bumpy. But don't lose heart.
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    I do not conversate about my religious beliefs to most people and will not here either. I feel religion should be between them and their deity or priest. I don't feel it should be paraded and questioned for others to judge. I rather not know my coworkers faith and if a patient asks i would get them support. Its not my place. My religion as a nurse will be medicinal with freedom for anyone to worship the way they wish without judgement. If a patient prefers to do a spell for paganism, if they prefer to meditate, if they prefer to pray, that is their business as well as my coworkers have the same right. I rather have knitting in common or love of crafts or baking.
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    Wow...lol. Okay, I am very quiet about my Christian faith as I stated before. Some folks are more outspoken and some not so much. I tend to fall into the latter camp. But that's just me. I don't understand all the comments getting off topic. I was simply just asking about the prevalence of Christians within the field of nursing. I apologize if this question frustrated anyone. I truly did not mean for this to happen. Over the past few years I have been struggling within my current profession. I have sought out other avenues and for some reason, keep coming back to nursing. I'm sure much of that has to do with my sisters both being nurses as well as my wife. My wife is a devout Christian, but she does not bring it into the workplace, but rather focuses first and foremost on her patients. She knows this. I know this. Sometimes reading between the lines can cause frustration and confusion. For anyone that I have offended by posting this question, I truly apologize.

    Both my sisters and wife have been an inspiration to me in wanting to pursue a career into nursing. I believe that I am not going down this path for all the wrong reasons. Okay, maybe some, but the main motivating force behind my decision is the desire to care for people in their time of need.

    Again, I am sorry I was not more clear with my original question.
    Last edit by FSUNurse2b on Mar 10, '13
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    I also live in the Bible Belt and the majority of nurses and students I've run across are Christian. We also have Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu nurses, so it makes for pretty interesting religious diversity. The only religious-based question I've seen asked lately was
    directed at a Christian nurse who wears a skirt instead of scrub pants as part of her faith. The questioner was young and merely curious.
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    Pets to People,

    I think the poster may be thinking just in terms of Western civilization. We have Jesus' story of the Good Samaritan. There were monks that ran hostels in Europe during the middle ages. Think of the Saint Bernard rescue dogs. :-) Missionaries over the years have made it their business to give medical aid, open hospitals etc. Then there is the Red "Cross".

    Obviously these things have gone on all over the world, forever. And I thank God! The human spirit is amazing...but I hope you and others won't be offended by people who think in these terms. I personally am not exclusive...but history does inspire me!
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    Quote from Pets to People

    Why do Christians always think everything started with them? The arrogance and/or ignorance is astounding. "The nursing profession" does not have its roots in Judaeo-Christian traditions butterfly, "nursing" or people who have acted as "nurses" has been around in every culture, every tribe and every corner of the globe since the beginning of time. Believe it or not, life did go on before the time of Christian religion.
    I totally agree. Read up on our old friend Florence Nightingale. She ARDENTLY rejected the church, and marriage, and studied Buddhism.

    OP, be aware of being that cliche around here.....the typical "I post something, the responses were not what I wanted to hear, so I get defensive." I see no evidence that you actually read, thought about and reflected upon what the responses might mean. It's much more Christian to create reflective dialogue, accept and consider all points of view, isn't it?
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    I too made a career change, back into nursing, not long ago. And yes, I do meet lots of Christians. I like the ones who are compelled to be honest, who do their best every day, who encourage me when I am grieved or overwhelmed, and who pray for me as I do this tough job. They are not all that supportive, that genuine. And non believers have been some of my best coworkers.
    But yes, there are Christians in nursing. Welcome aboard.
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    FSUNS2b,

    TNbutterfly was right on in her posts. I concur 100%.

    It would be interesting to do a study (if not already done) on the prevalence of Christians in nursing as compared to the general population. However, are we talking about those who consider themselves part of the Christian "tradition" or the evangelical Christians? We would also probably want to know to what degree the nurses faith guides/inspires his or her practice. The JCN or another may have already published something on this. But, I am interested in teaming with someone to research it, if not.
    I also believe it would be interesting to study the percentages of Christian missions (hospitals, rehabs, food banks, etc.) nationally and internationally as compared non-christian.
    These are just my thoughts.
    I believe you are wise (and brave!) for taking part in these discussions and asking tough questions before you even begin. It seems to me that you have the makings of a great nurse. But, expect folks to get their feathers ruffled when you start talking about faith-Christianity in particular.
    Best wishes,
    Suzie
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    Dear OP,

    As you can see, many buttons are being pushed in this discussion ... there's no one right answer, really, to what I think you were asking.

    As I understand your post, your question is about finding a Christian community at your workplace.

    Yet, there are a whole lot of NotChristians around and we sometimes get the hair on the backs of our necks standing up when questions about religion in the workplace come up.

    I think one thing to remember is that a nursing workplace is a worklplace ... we mostly have little choice about where and under what conditions we are working. We are all under an obligation to show up for work if we want to pay our bills this week. This makes us a fairly captive audience and having one's buttons pushed unnecessarily is a waste of time and energy that few of us can afford.

    So ... my recommendation is to keep overtly religious conversations in the breakroom, the cafeteria, the parking lot or the chapel. That way, those of us who don't want to hear it have the option of either listening with respect or leaving the area.

    Places to avoid such conversation would be the nurses' station, the med room ... any space that has anything to do with patient care.

    As a born-baptised-confirmed Christian-turned-something-else, I have a few ideas for you to consider.

    One thing that occurs to me is starting your search in church rather than on the job ... that part comes later. There's usually some social stuff going on you could check out ... you might even meet someone from your own unit/facility/school. Announce in the church newletter that you're starting a study/support group for nurses in the congregation and see who turns up.

    You need to consider whether your religious practice colors your perceptions of your NotChristian co-workers, especially atheists, Jews, Muslims and Pagans. We need to have each others' backs and not be constantly looking at our own for the knife.

    If witnessing is important to you, then my challenge to you is to witness by the way you treat your co-workers and patients. Let your values show in how you deal with the challenges of your job. I think the key concept is that "Those that can, do. Those that can't, talk about it". Maybe the best way to attract other Christians is to be a Christian.

    I hope this helps.
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    SuzieF,

    Thank you very much! Very good points. I appreciate your encouragement! It seems that reading through all the thicket of these comments, that Christians are prevalent within the nursing workforce. But I'm sure a more detailed professional study may bring more accurate results....lol.

    Thanks again!!!
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