Prevalence of Christians in the field of nursing - page 9

by FSUNurse2b

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 ArmyMedicRN
    And by 'fruit' I mean the 'fruit of the spirit' which is plainly described as love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
    I know any number of people who possess all of those qualities who are agnostics or atheists.
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    Judging by the behavior and attitudes I have observed among / in nurses in the years I have been in nursing my guess would be very, very low.
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    This is the Nursing and Spirituality forum, which means it is open for any person who wants to talk about spirituality. It is not, in my opinion, limited to comments by those who consider themselves Christian, as spirituality does not equal religion.

    With that said, to the OP: If choosing a career is limited in your mind by the religion of the people in that profession, then nursing will not be a good fit for you. Nurses are ethically bound to provide care to all people regardless of their life choices. As a reference, please visit the ANA website and read the various position papers on the subject of ethical delivery of care. You will be faced with non-Christian patients and co-workers and if you don't feel that you are morally able to deal with that, then don't do it. If your religion needs to be a part of your professional life, than you need to take a serious look at careers that will allow you to do that.

    Of course, you could always attend nursing school and only practice in settings where you will be surrounded by nurses or staff of similar thought. Work for a religious school as a nurse, religious summer camps, do missionary work, etc.

    In the majority of settings, respect for everyone's spiritual beliefs is expected. This includes not talking about your religion all the time. Good luck in your career whatever that ends up being.

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    Quote from leslie :-D
    i guess i'm not understanding why it would make a difference...
    since Christianity or any other religion, would not affect your role as a nurse one way or the other.
    we (nurses) do not share our religious beliefs with our pts, and our care is non-denominational and holistic.
    if the pt has spiritual distress, we get a chaplain, etc.

    maybe if i could understand how you would feel alone, noting that one has nothing to do with the other?

    leslie
    Your beliefs still affect your actions even if you aren't imposing them upon other people.
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    It stands to reason that people with strong religious tendencies would not be attracted to the sciences in large numbers, as the two are generally incompatible. I would think there would be fewer religious Nurses, rather than more.
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    I'd say it's really hard to tell in today's society. I think more people identify as Christians but are not practicing Christians. I am personally an atheist but I work in a Catholic hospital. I think overall that it is hard to tell who is who in today's society. Many people are moving away from traditional religions. Like someone who is a Muslim may choose not to pray or if they are female may not wear a headscarf.
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    Quote from CyndleT319
    Your beliefs still affect your actions even if you aren't imposing them upon other people.
    True, but Muslim nurses would say that their faith positvely effects their actions. Or Buddhists. Or secular humanists.

    No single religion has a lock on kindness or generosity.

    This is why saying that Christians would make better nurses than non-Christians is so narrow minded.
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    And, while I'm not the first to point this out, the frequent example of banking as a "non-Christian field" has HUGELY anti-semitic overtones.

    Yes, nursing has roots in Christianity. It also has roots in just about every other major religion. Religous sects providing care for the sick and the infirm is a pretty consistant motif in the religions of the world.
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    It stands to reason that people with strong religious tendencies would not be attracted to the sciences in large numbers, as the two are generally incompatible. I would think there would be fewer religious Nurses, rather than more.
    See, I look at it the opposite way. To me nursing is not a pure science like being a rocket scientist or something. Nursing is partly about science. Nursing is also about helping the sick, comforting people, caring for those who can't care for themselves, etc. Those things are very compatible with Christianity and other religions. A lot of religiously affiliated hospitals have nursing programs. I would think there are more nurses of faith then not.
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    It stands to reason that people with strong religious tendencies would not be attracted to the sciences in large numbers, as the two are generally incompatible. I would think there would be fewer religious Nurses, rather than more.
    Then you obviously know little to nothing about faith and science.


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