Prevalence of Christians in the field of nursing - page 4

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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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    I think you will find a lot of Christians in nursing. As other have mentioned Nursing and many hospitals in this country have roots in faith, Adventist Hospitals, Catholic Hospitals, ect. So you won't have a problem finding Christians. I do wonder if the percentage of Christian nurses is higher than the general population or other jobs such as banking. That would be a interesting survey to do.

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    I totally agree. Read up on our old friend Florence Nightingale. She ARDENTLY rejected the church, and marriage, and studied Buddhism.
    Off topic, but I think Florence Nightingale believed she was called by God to help others. Then she got her training at a religious school. So she was inspired by faith, at least in her young adult years. I had never read that she turned Buddhist.
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    "Also, non-Chrisitans may not be looking out for Christians in the workforce."

    Where I work, nurses (and indeed all staff) look out for their patients, and each other, without regard to whether they are Christian or not.

    My last shift, I worked with an Indian MD (dots, not feathers), a Muslim MD student, a Jewish MD, an Asian MD, a West African RN, and a few scattered American mongrel caregivers of various other descents.

    None of us tried to preferentially look out for Christians or anyone else.
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    i think i would understand op's concerns more, if he sought camaraderie based on another's qualities and not religious affiliation.
    there are so many loving and compassionate people, both Christian and non-Christian alike, that religion has absolutely nothing to do with one's behaviors and actions.
    similarly i have met more than my fair share of Christians that'd make Jesus wince.
    all that said, doesn't it make more sense to reach out to those who share compatible ideals and goals?
    to me, that is what defines a nurse...and certainly not his/her religion.

    i'm sorry, i'm just not understanding why Christians, time after time, seek their own.
    it appears so exclusive but also seems to overlook the qualities that truly count and define one's character.
    i do hope you find what you're looking for, for your own peace of mind.

    leslie
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    NJ2008,

    In her journal, Florence recorded these thoughts: "Personal union with Jesus Christ; without this we are nothing. Father, give me this personal union. Come in, Lord Jesus, come into my heart now. There is no room. Each day more and more of this new year, 1895, and may it be a better and a happier year than any before. So help me/us God!"

    http://www.uoguelph.ca/~cwfn/publications/index.html
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    leslie,

    I do hope I find what I'm looking for! Thank you for your comments.

    BTW, I work with many non-Christians currently and I get along with them wonderfully. Not a problem! Like I said, I am very quiet about my Chrisitan faith, so do not bring it into the workplace, of course unless asked. I think many Christians seek out other Christians simply because they have much in common, that's all.
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    I did a poll at the rehab I work at:

    1 Buddhist
    2 Muslims
    1 Jehovah's Witness
    2 no preference
    1 Atheist
    1 Latter Day Saint (Christian)

    These are just the nurses.
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    St_Claire,

    Very interesting! Thank you.
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    Quote from NJ2008
    I think you will find a lot of Christians in nursing. As other have mentioned Nursing and many hospitals in this country have roots in faith, Adventist Hospitals, Catholic Hospitals, ect. So you won't have a problem finding Christians. I do wonder if the percentage of Christian nurses is higher than the general population or other jobs such as banking. That would be a interesting survey to do.

    Off topic, but I think Florence Nightingale believed she was called by God to help others. Then she got her training at a religious school. So she was inspired by faith, at least in her young adult years. I had never read that she turned Buddhist.
    She STUDIED Buddhism. I never said she TURNED Buddhist. Please don't misquote.
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    People don't read and they often misqoute to prove what they think they heard and what they are supposed to believe. Its a defense mechanism to feel comfortable.
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    Quote from FSUNurse2b
    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.


    I was not offended by your post, and I do not see anywhere that your posts or replies were offensive.

    As I said, it's a secular site, so you have to consider you will receive variant responses on this kind of thing. Looking at the Christian nurse association/s might be more beneficial to you, and you wouldn't be side-tracked by responses from people that really don't understand or appreciate where you are coming from. They may make their own knee-jerk reactions, such as the so called "arrogant nature of many Christians," and junk like that. If these people were on an educational discussion board, of course their approach/response would be worded quite differently.

    If you are looking for support from a Christian perspective, you are better off going to a site that is a Christian nursing or Christian healthcare site. People on discussion boards,--where their names are no associated with their real life names and titles--as contrasted with, say, an education discussion board, where the administrators, professors, and other know you name, affiliation, and information about you as a student--well, it leads to people overreacting and getting up in each others faces and going off topic or being offensive.

    Nothing in your post justifies any of that, but it happens. That's why I say look for the other kinds of sites for support. Personally, I don't have any problem with your post, but I knew the negative replies would ensue, unfortunately.

    To try to answer your question, going into nursing or medicine today, you will find the highest percentages of folks probably are more secular in nature, regardless of their religious affiliations or backgrounds. That's what I mean by a bumpy ride. General ethical principles are one thing, but certain areas, where there are finer points to consider, well, you will find something far a field from Judea-Christian ethics from many in healthcare today--especially as politics and financial concerns are such a huge part of healthcare today.

    Best wishes.
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