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Does your hospital have a prayer or some other inspirational message overhead?

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tokmom has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff.

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apocatastasis has 4 years experience and specializes in Psychiatry, ICU, ER.

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One of our local hospital systems (not mine, thankfully) does have overhead prayer except at the level I trauma center they manage (which receives city/state funding), and that's one of the reasons I don't want to work for them. Creeps me out.

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tokmom has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff.

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It is only appropriate at a religious-based facility. And if that is the reason (overhead prayer) that you chose a facility, I don't know what to say!!!

Many, many years ago, I worked at a Catholic hospital, and a prayer was said every day @ 8:05 AM. Most days, it was The Lord's Prayer. After working there about 5-6 months, a patient asked me to pray with her. We said The Lord's Prayer. I couldn't believe I knew this - I am Jewish!!!! Oh, those overhead prayers!!!

Umm, no, I never said that was the reason I chose my facility, but I did like the prayers. I just thought it was nice, and I liked the mission statement.

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Up2nogood RN is a RN and specializes in pulm/cardiology pcu, surgical onc.

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We have a daily morning and evening prayer (non-denominational) over the loudspeaker. While I am the farthest from being into organized religion I can understand how pts amd their families can find comfort in this and sometimes in some hectic moments it can help me to find peace and help me deal with my thoughts at that moment. Sometimes someone sings which may be a little over the top but I think administration is intimidated by the clergy staff so they have free reign for those few minutes.

We also play the brahms lullaby when babies are born, although some demented pts think its the ice cream truck outside their room.

I suggested something to be played for the first passing of gas but haven't heard back on that one :)

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AngelicDarkness has 7 years experience and specializes in geriatrics, IV, Nurse management.

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I suggested something to be played for the first passing of gas but haven't heard back on that one :)

lol! For some people, I would LOVE to see what could play for this! Also the first BM after surgery!:)

I personally prefer not to have a prayer in the place I work. There is a Chapel and religious ministers of various faiths at the facility, but I just feel guilty when someone asks me to pray with them and I don't know any of the set prayers. I always get the "what religion are you?" from patients, and I always just kind brush it aside quickly. If it makes the patient feel better knowing (and for some elderly patients, it is a matter of life and death), I'll ask them what religion they are first. And then just brush it by quickly.

Random last note, the lullabies idea for babies is super sweet:)

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runnergirl86 has 7 years experience and specializes in LTC, military nursing.

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The hospital I currently work at has a morning and evening prayer. It's nice to have that moment of reflection but is not forced upon you. There is also spiritual care built into the care plan which is unique to me. I think many patients choose the facility because of this.

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Since I live in a very multicultural area, and volunteer in a very multicultural hospital we don't have any prayers (I like it that we don't). What we do have is paintings on the ceiling in every area where people are lying, and waiting to be taken care of. I find it very sweet.

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BluegrassRN has 14 years experience.

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One Catholic hospital at which I did clinicals held mass every day at noon in the chapel, and it was televised live on one of the available TV channels. All pts had access to it. It was then rebroadcast at various times throughout the day (maybe 3 times?). I thought that was a nice compromise: those who wanted to watch it could, those who didn't, didn't have it forced upon them. It also wasn't blaring over a loudspeaker, interrupting or disturbing the going-ons in the hospital.

Seems like that would be a better way to go about it.

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punkydoodlesRN has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Psych, OB-GYN.

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I did my clinicals at a catholic hospital and every morning, the priest said a generic 1 minute prayer - for the most part, I only heard positive feedback from pt and staff (but many staff were nuns)

Where I work now, we hear about 20 seconds of Brahms lullaby when every new mom leaves L&D to come to PPU - doesn't matter what time of day or night and it's heard in the entire building.

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My old work Catholic Hospital did, I'm neutral on it. Good energy and thoughts never hurt regardless of belief system IMO :)

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ZippyGBR is a BSN, RN and specializes in Spinal Cord injuries, Emergency+EMS.

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Really, why? I work for a Catholic hospital and it was one reason I chose it.

given the USA is meant to be the land of the free and a land of tolerance and respect for the diversity of the the populace ... if you can't answer that question ...

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noyesno has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP.

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We have one every morning.

It sounds kind of creepy because the lady says it really softly in this hypnotic voice. You wonder if you're hearing things.

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Otessa has 19 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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yes every AM and every evening, Catholic hospital.

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