Prevalence of Christians in the field of nursing - page 5

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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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    Quote from FSUNurse2b
    Also, non-Chrisitans may not be looking out for Christians in the workforce.
    Evidence to back this up? Research, not just your personal experiences.

    Personally, I think that religion has no place at the workplace. You are there to, in this case, provide nursing care. Chaplains and the patient's personal religious leaders have the training to care for their spiritual needs.

    As for non-Christians not looking out for Christians, here's my policy on looking out for my coworkers: I'll have your back if you have mine. Religion has no role in that; it's called teamwork and being a team player. Christianity isn't a requirement for that.
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    Quote from mclennan
    She STUDIED Buddhism. I never said she TURNED Buddhist. Please don't misquote.
    Oh ok, I misunderstood what you were trying to say. My fault. Sorry Mclennan.
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    FSUns2b,

    Not to worry, you will find that there are plenty of Christ followers in nursing. You will also probably find more outspoken Christians in nursing than banking. As you can see from the comments posted on your thread, nurses are pretty outspoken and spirited by nature.
    The fact that you seem comfortable with your own spirituality is good. Humans are spiritual beings. Recognition of this about yourself will help you be more attentive to your patients needs. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint Commission have set expectations that these needs be addressed by health professionals (nurses). I know for sure that the WHO has even developed a spirituality assessment tool.
    So, your question is very applicable to a "Nursing & Spirituality" forum for nurses. No, need to go to a Christian forum to ask these types of questions. I welcome them.
    Suzie
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    I totally agree with SuzieF. No need to go to another forum for your answers. It is perfectly fine to discuss this here in the Nursing and Spirituality forum. That is why it is here. This is a professional nursing site where all types of things related to nursing and patient care are discussed........including spiritual issues.

    In the United States, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires that a spiritual assessment be completed on every patient. Because nurses work closely with the sick and dying, they often find themselves called upon to address a patient’s spiritual needs.

    Several threads and articles have been posted in this forum regarding spiritual issues, and this will continue to be the case.



    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Mar 12, '13
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    Quote from Sweet_Wild_Rose
    As for non-Christians not looking out for Christians, here's my policy on looking out for my coworkers: I'll have your back if you have mine. Religion has no role in that; it's called teamwork and being a team player. Christianity isn't a requirement for that.
    yeah, these are my sentiments as well.
    i'm still not understanding why some need to seek 'their own', esp if like faiths don't possess the needed qualities in being an effective nurse.

    besides, this seems to be much more of a religious forum, much more so than spiritual.
    i'm not Christian, so i guess i'm not needed here.
    going, going...

    leslie
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    I completely understand your concern. I never had the concern until I worked with a nurse who was very mean to me after she found out my beliefs. She was even the one who asked me and I never brought the subject up again, but she couldn't let it go... She really knew how to make a night miserable. That was just one nurse. The rest of the nurses on the unit found it interesting to discuss different beliefs and how they effect patients' healing during those long night shifts. THEN, I moved to Utah and found out that religion is a HUGE thing in this region and completely different. But, people still can be very rude about someone's different beliefs. I found that many nurses have SOME kind of belief system/religion, but it is still a work environment and it's just best to not bring those kinds of things up and definitely no reason to ever be rude.
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    SuzieF & tnbutterfly,

    Amen to that! Thank you
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    Quote from RandiMM
    but it is still a work environment and it's just best to not bring those kinds of things up and definitely no reason to ever be rude.
    Totally understand. Just remember, "rude" people have been around for quite some time and aren't going away any time soon.
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    I'm a Christian but I have to say that conversations like these leave me feeling a bit unsettled. I want to ask, "Why does it matter?"

    Are the "Christian" nurses (or those who self identify in that fashion in any case) somehow "better" or? I'm just wondering what the implications are of the OP's question.

    In short, I see no reason for my belief system to be the focus at my employment. At work, I focus on the job at hand.
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    Part of it could be the unconscious associations we make with certain occupations. People who work in the financial services industry have suffered as a result of some very well publicized news stories involving unscrupulous individuals at the top of the heap. I do believe many decent people have been tarred by it. That was certainly true in the case of Ken Lay and Enron. I'll bet if you asked his close acquaintances at the time, before the whole scandal broke if Ken Lay was "a good Christian" they would've said yes. So he didn't just lie and cause people to lose their life savings, he stole their good reputation, too.


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