Quote from kidznurse
Reading many postings on this website have made me realise just how prevalent religious ideology is in nursing in the States. It is obviously a cultural element .
Here in New Zealand, we are reluctant and ill advised to bring beliefs from the private domain into professional nursing care. Political, philosphical, and religious beliefs are considered personal and do not transgress the public domain which as nurses we represent . Likewise our political leaders do not utter public proclamations of their private beliefs (no God bless our country or we have a God given duty as a nation to act in a certain way).
Same here in Oz. At our hospital we offer pastoral services, some of which are ecumenical. And we will contact anyone the person/family so wishes at any time. Sometimes being 'spiritual' can be sitting down and listening
to a person's end of life concerns. We do have a chapel open 24 hrs, plus a service there every Sun.
We also have to consider aboriginal beliefs...for example
1. not mentioning the name of someone who has passed on - even if someone else has the same name they cannot use their own name (this is very common in central regions)
2 that the person you are caring for will have an active expected role in the funeral...so if patients go AWOL that can often be the reason.
3. depending on the beliefs, the hospital itself can be considered a place of death, as no cleansing rituals can be carried out, such as "smoking" of the rooms - that would set the fire alarms off! Thus often our patients are very
scared of the place, because they only come here when they are really ill and their communities are hundreds of miles away.
4. the land itself, of which they are a part, is considered part of healing spiritually...and they are away from it.
I am speaking very
generally here: indigenous cultures here speak different languages and have some different beliefs - we ask them literally which "country" are they from? And an increasing amount of ppl are used to 'our' system.