Prevalence of Christians in the field of nursing

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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, money.

    Wondering about the prevalence of Christians in the nursing field? I know much of this has to do with what area of the country one works. Also, non-Chrisitans may not be looking out for Christians in the workforce. I know in my industry, I feel alone, to say the least.
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    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
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    One of the responsibilities of the nurse as well as the health care team is to assess and address the spiritual needs of the patient. Meeting spiritual needs may be done directly by the nurse or through another member of the health care team, such as the chaplain or parish nurse.

    While many Christians may feel led or called into the nursing field, it is important to remember that, as nurses, it is the patient's needs that we focus on. While Christian nurses may draw upon their faith for strength to get through their day, especially traumatic situations, we must be careful not to proselytize in the work place. We may, however, offer to pray with the patient or family request of the patient. Nothing can prohibit the silent prayers of the nurse.

    As far as the prevalence of Christians in the field of nursing, I would think that greatly depends on the geographical location. I live in the bible belt where the prevalence of Christians in general is very high. So, it would be expected that it would hold true that the number of Christian nurses would also be high.
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    tnbutterfly,

    Thank you. My question was not clear. I was getting at the prevalence of other Christian nurses (employees) within the workplace. I agree with your comment on geographical location. Just wasn't sure if the field of nursing perhaps drew more Christians to it's ranks due to the nature of the job.
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    leslie,

    I totally understand all that. Thanks for your comments.
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    This would be an interesting study to do. Poll hospitals across the country and see what the stats show. Who knows.......maybe a study has already been done.

    The nursing profession does have its roots in Judaeo-Christian traditions of caring for the sick.


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    That would indeed be an interesting study! It's interesting, but one could search day and night, without any success of finding any journal of this sort in my industry (banking industry).....

    Journal of Christian Nursing

    A quick Google search will find a deep connection between Christianity and Nursing. An almost non-existant relationship between Christianity and Banking. Which is probably why the banking industry has been plagued by unethical practices for years.
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    That is an excellent magazine with very inspiring articles.
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    Perfect! I think I'll subscribe for my wife.
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    Quote from 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, money.

    Wondering about the prevalence of Christians in the nursing field? I know much of this has to do with what area of the country one works. Also, non-Chrisitans may not be looking out for Christians in the workforce. I know in my industry, I feel alone, to say the least.
    I'm wondering how you came to the conclusion that Christians working in the banking industry are few and far between when a quick Google search reveals that according to Gallup 95% of all Americans who have a religious identity are Christians.

    If you are hoping to find your future co-workers placing their religious beliefs on the front burner as they go through their daily job responsibilities you may be disappointed. It's precisely because we deal with other people on such an intimate basis and our work involves directly the experience of birth, death, illness and spiritual states such as compassion and even the healing angel archetype that we don't emphasize our personal beliefs with patients or in areas where patients and family members can hear it.

    I wouldn't want a Jewish, wiccan, or Islam co-worker to feel alone at the workplace either.
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