Religion Needed to be a Good Nurse? - page 30

by Kabin

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We just covered a spiritituality/religion lesson in our BSN course and the instructor (religious) came out and said good nurses had spirituality and would be there for whatever spiritual needs the PT had. I understand the... Read More


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    The largest barrier to converting people to Christianity is Christians that confess Jesus by voice and deny him by actions. Returning to nursing has dragged me back to the cross kicking and screaming all the way. I could not put up with the bad hours, bad patients, bad management and bad working conditions if it wasn't for Jesus carrying me through yet another day. I have to often go into the bathroom and kneel and pray for guidance and patience less I begin to commit grave sins. We are the hands of God ministering to his children. All of his children. It changes the perspective and makes it easier to accept the difficulties.
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    Quote from WhichWayIsUp?
    I have to often go into the bathroom and kneel and pray for guidance and patience less I begin to commit grave sins.
    Wow..exactly which sins are you trying not to commit?
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    I do not believe religion or spirituality is necessary to be a good nurse. What is necessary is compassion, respect, and supporting the patient's belief, whatever that may be.
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    Quote from WhichWayIsUp?
    The largest barrier to converting people to Christianity is Christians that confess Jesus by voice and deny him by actions.
    Just to touch on this view, I totally disagree. The Bible clearly states that people "do not believe." That is what separates anyone. Christians as well as other religions or non-religions basically strive to be "decent people." The fact that a person "believes" is more profound than our actions...just my $.02

    Anyway, no you don't need "religion" to be a good nurse. Inversely there are those who are religious who are horrible nurses and need to get out of the biz.
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    Spiritual care is part of nursing scope of practice. Refer to NANDA for your nursing diagnosis

    and care plans which can serve as guidance for you and/or patients in this area.

    Your instructor was not mis-speaking....she was doing what she was suppose to do, teach new nurses.:-)

    That being said, after you graduate and seek employment you will probably not have

    much difficulty finding a place to work where no spirituality is practiced and where if it is,

    disregard even persecution follows.

    I recently made a social services referral on new admit for palliative care (who requested)

    to see a Priest and it was totally blown off by DON and SS. I was told she "receives

    plenty of social interaction."....well 3 days later she died without having request met.


    Anyways, very best to you and hope, maybe NANDA will offer you some awareness in this area.
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    I'm an Atheist which leaves me out of this thread all together except to say that I have said rosaries for the Catholics,read bible verses for the protestants, kaddish for the Jews. These prayers didn't effect my belief. I just consider it part of being a nurses. This country is too hung up on religion. I hope when it is time for me to die, there will be someone to comfort me. To give me a shot of whiskey and talk baseball to me.
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    The reason why I'm on this site is because I'm making a career change and besides, my wife and both of my sisters are nurses. The grave reality is that one must be very careful in speaking to clients about your faith. A good nurse is a good listener. I also agree with the other posts on religion vs spirituality. The two are opposites. My wife and I put very little trust in ourselves and rather, Christ which lives within us. I want to become a nurse because I want to care for people, no matter how they treat me. And I will only be able to get through those tough days because I know that I am a worthless human being and was counted worthy enough to be saved and have an opportunity at eternal life. But many of my colleauges do not think of me as worthless....MBA grad, big money job, weathly clients, etc. It has nothing to do with good works or deeds....they only make "yourself" feel good. Regardless of your faith or what you believe, if you are a good listener and show all your patients charity (love), you are an excellent nurse!!!!

    Ephesians 2:8-9

    8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
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    Sorry you feel worthless, Sparky. Not all of us do.
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    "i could not put up with the bad hours, bad patients, bad management and bad working conditions if it wasn't for jesus carrying me through yet another day."

    i'm an atheist, and a nurse. a passionate one if you ask me (passionate atheist and nurse) i put up with everything you mentioned, just fine. i do it because i know i'm making a positive difference in the lives of others, and that my life has meaning because of what i do. plus, i feel they compensate me more than well enough for what i deal with.

    not being religious/spiritual doesn't make you a bad nurse. however, not respecting the religions and spirituality of other people could certainly make you a bad nurse. no matter what i believe (or in my case, don't believe), respecting others is what's important.
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    the grave reality is that one must be very careful in speaking to clients about your faith"
    you shouldn't be speaking to clients/patients about your faith. you are there to learn about them and listen to them, not the other way around. you listen to them talk about their faith... or their favorite sports teams, or their dog, or their time serving in the army. they are the patient and the focus is on them, not you.


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