Religion Needed to be a Good Nurse? - page 19

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... Read More

  1. by   Multicollinearity
    Survey of American's attitudes towards atheists and agnostics:

    http://atheism.about.com/b/a/255008.htm
  2. by   RazorbackRN
    Quote from vloho
    Is that a servants heart to be able to clean feces and vomit, to hold a dying person's hand and resite "The Lords Prayer" ?To hold and comfort the Left Behind? To have your hand on a transducer and see a baby so tiny you need a microscope and yet know there is life in that heartbeat. I maybe tired and downhearted about being a nurse but I Believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin ,lived on this earth to better understand me ,and died for my sins b/c there is no work on this earth that would get me into Heaven except my faith and to live each day to the Glory of Jesus Christ my Savior . Sorry I didn't mean to get on a soapbox Thanks for letting me heal a little
    :yeahthat:

    God Bless You
  3. by   chadash
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  4. by   chadash
    Originally Posted by vloho
    Is that a servants heart to be able to clean feces and vomit, to hold a dying person's hand and resite "The Lords Prayer" ?To hold and comfort the Left Behind? To have your hand on a transducer and see a baby so tiny you need a microscope and yet know there is life in that heartbeat. I maybe tired and downhearted about being a nurse but I Believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin ,lived on this earth to better understand me ,and died for my sins b/c there is no work on this earth that would get me into Heaven except my faith and to live each day to the Glory of Jesus Christ my Savior . Sorry I didn't mean to get on a soapbox Thanks for letting me heal a little

    And to you, Thank you for showing Christ love to your patients!
  5. by   MMARN
    Quote from vloho
    Is that a servants heart to be able to clean feces and vomit, to hold a dying person's hand and resite "The Lords Prayer" ?To hold and comfort the Left Behind? To have your hand on a transducer and see a baby so tiny you need a microscope and yet know there is life in that heartbeat. I maybe tired and downhearted about being a nurse but I Believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin ,lived on this earth to better understand me ,and died for my sins b/c there is no work on this earth that would get me into Heaven except my faith and to live each day to the Glory of Jesus Christ my Savior . Sorry I didn't mean to get on a soapbox Thanks for letting me heal a little


    ABSOLUTELY AGREE!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!


    Mave.
  6. by   atiam3
    I think as a nurse, we can express empathy to our PT but there are also limitations. If it doesnt contradict our beliefs, I think its ok, but if it is something that is against our conscience and our spiritual beliefs, then we should tell them in a kind manner what we feel about it. Speaking of religious beliefs, may I ask and anyone can reply. My question is this., Does a nurse have the right to refuse treatment to a patient when it is against the nurse's religious beliefs or principle. Administering blood transfusions for instance, can we as nurses refuse to do it. Is there any particular law involved here.
  7. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from atiam3
    I think as a nurse, we can express empathy to our PT but there are also limitations. If it doesnt contradict our beliefs, I think its ok, but if it is something that is against our conscience and our spiritual beliefs, then we should tell them in a kind manner what we feel about it. Speaking of religious beliefs, may I ask and anyone can reply. My question is this., Does a nurse have the right to refuse treatment to a patient when it is against the nurse's religious beliefs or principle. Administering blood transfusions for instance, can we as nurses refuse to do it. Is there any particular law involved here.
    Most hospitals in the States have policies that state that - IF YOU NOTIFY THEM IN ADVANCE of practice limitations based on religious beliefs, that they will try to accomodate that.

    But, you can't wait till the task is assigned to you to say no; you have to tell them in advance.

    I doubt someone that, for example, objects to administering blood transfusions, would be forced to do so.

    But the other side of that is that you can't or shouldn't apply for a job where that is a major requirement and then say you can't do it: for example, an endo nurse that spends lots of time dealing with people bleeding, or an OR nurse etc.

    As long as you respect the hospitals by not trying to work in a position where exercising your beliefs would seriously compromise your job, most hospitals will go out of their way to accomodate your beliefs.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  8. by   rogramjet
    I think it would also depend on the circumstances. If it is an emergant situation and the patient is in immediate danger, I think the patient would come first. Other than that I think they would be pretty understanding.
  9. by   buildingmyfaith57
    that is true you don't need to be religions to be a good nurse. its what in the heart and soul that really matters.
  10. by   burn out
    To fergus51 way back there on this thread, I do not understand how you can say you are a Christian but not believe in Christ, I thought that was the definition of chrisitianity.

    I think as a nurse that we are expected to take care of all aspects of patients and to meet all there needs. If I can ask them what type of contraception they use and if they have had any veneral diseases I should be able to talk to them about their religoius needs also. I do not have to agree with them but I must see that their needs are met. In the mean time if they want to say a prayer for me well I could use all the help I can get.

    Personally I could have never gone into nursing without praying for the Lord to use and guide my hands to do his work and I believe that this makes me a better nurse than if I tried to do it all by myself, for this reason I believe my patients benefit.
  11. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from burn out
    To fergus51 way back there on this thread, I do not understand how you can say you are a Christian but not believe in Christ, I thought that was the definition of chrisitianity.
    I'm sure fergus will respond, but I too know those who consider themselves Christians, while Evangelical Christians would not consider them to be so.

    Some folks at my Unitarian church consider themselves Christians because they believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ. They do not believe that he literally rose from the dead, etc, or any of the magical thinking (virgin birth). I respect many of the teachings of Jesus Christ, but I don't consider myself a Christian because I don't want to associate with any particular religion.
  12. by   OnTheShoales
    I am SO glad to be in Australia! The subject of religion almost never comes up here. It seems to be behind everything in the U.S. Here, we don't have people referring to "God bless this" or "I'll pray for you" that. People are people here, not members of denominations. Australia has had many churches that have closed, or combined congregations to form "Uniting" churches because they didn't have enough people attending to keep their sects going. And you know what? The people are generally honest here, nurses are decent and caring, and there aren't so many nutters bashing each other because their God told them it was OK. Except for Sydney last December. But that's Sydney... Go Melbourne!

    Quote from StNeotser
    I'm not a christian and am sick and tired of it coming up in every damn subject. If you're not a christian in the USa you're obviously nothing.
  13. by   Multicollinearity
    Back to the original question, is religion needed to be a good nurse? This makes me think of something for those of us who are agnostic or atheist. Numerous surveys in the US show that a significant percentage of the population believes that one cannot be a moral person without believing in God. So an atheist/agnostic nurse could be perceived as likely immoral. That is a sobering thought for atheists/agnostics. Especially when sociology studies conclude that there are no apparent differences in daily moral/ethical behavior between those who claim a religious affiliation and those who claim to be agnostic/atheist.

    This could have negative implications for atheist/agnostic nurses working with highly religious coworkers and questions of nurses conduct, etc.
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on May 3, '06

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