I've been a nurse just under a year, all of it in oncology, where I worked as an aide prior to becoming an RN. I'm not a religious person - I'm an agnostic with athiest-leaning tendencies. I love my oncology patients. I love their gratitude and I love being able to provide care for them during a difficult part of their illness. I love watching them recover after chemo and walk out of the hospital, although that happens less often than I anticipated when I started. My problem, over the last year, is that I have no idea how to reply when patients ask me pointed questions about my beliefs. I understand that every one believes differently, and all must be respected. I have no issue with that aspect. But multiple patients and family members have asked me pointedly "do you believe in Jesus?" while sharing their religious beliefs with me. I hate lying because I feel like it's not ethical (although I have RN friends who tell me it is, because it comforts the patient), but I don't think my beliefs affect my ability to competently care for my patients. The issue is that I don't feel the patients see it that way. They want to connect with their caregivers, and part of that includes sharing their faith. Declining to answer, from my experience, seems to be the equivalent of telling them I'm not a religious person. So, for those who have different religious beliefs than your primary patient population, what do YOU do when asked about your religion?