Nurses who talk about God and spirituality with their patients can walk a fine line between comforting the ill and stepping on theological toes.
That's the lesson Cape Cod Hospital per diem nurse Julie Peterson learned when discharging a dying patient last month. After the patient's family complained that Peterson had distressed the patient by talking about repentance, the hospital told Peterson it wouldn't be contracting for her services anymore.
Per diem nurses are not considered hospital staff and are not entitled to all the job protections that come from being a union member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, according to MNA officials.
But, fellow nurses and friends of Peterson say the mother of five is a compassionate caregiver who wouldn't have knowingly upset a patient. And they say patients at the end of their lives often want to discuss Big Picture issues, including God and the afterlife, with the caretakers by their bedside.
Apr 17, '09
Quote from NickB
Damn, if that is the case, then I guess Potter and Perry better take out that whole chapter in their book on Spirituality.
Well, perhaps they should.
I know from some other threads that many disagree with me and that's OK. From my perspective, however, I am not comfortable discussing with patients my religious views or theirs. I'm fine asking them questions and letting them talk... I'm not fine with me talking about it. Listening, sure...
Fortunately, there is no shortage of folks around to do that.
Last edit by ♪♫ in my ♥ on Apr 17, '09