Are you a nurse with "alternative" spiritual beliefs? - page 5

If so, have you gotten grief from coworkers or patients because of it? Tell your stories here!!I'm pagan, and I'm pretty low key about it. I have nothing against Jesus. If he existed, I think he must... Read More

  1. by   Stephalump
    Quote from ElizaW
    Everyone in my class was presented with a Gideon's Bible (New Testament and psalms only) as a graduation gift. I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but the New Testament means nothing at all to me. I was a little bit offended, as the school is not a Christian school. It's public.

    This isn't exactly a violation of church and state. I accepted graciously. But I was a little miffed. What about the Muslims, Jews, Buddists, non-believers, etc? Why assume that everyone in the class needes a Bible? This wasn't really a gift. It was an opportunity for the Gideons to spread their "Word." That's what really bothered me. I don't need their, "Word" thank you very much. I have my own spirituality.
    What? That is so bizarre and inappropriate. They could do a lot more good by giving out NCLEX prep books!
  2. by   RN/Mom
    I'm an implicit atheist, but make it a rule not to discuss my views on religion with coworkers and patients. When someone feels the need to discuss religion with me, I usually just listen/smile/nod without saying anything. I have learned over the years that it's just easier that way, as people in our society are very wary of nonbelievers.

    When I am NOT in the workplace, however, I voice my thoughts much more freely.

    ElizaW, I am shocked that your public school would allow that. How incredibly offensive!
  3. by   ZeroNightskye
    I'm a wiccan and actually just starting a BSN program next week. I never take my pentacle off really. I live in a very small town, and used to take quite a bit of grief. Since I'm still up north, I do worry that I may take grief from other students or instructors while at school. =/
  4. by   ElizaW
    The dress code at my school did not allow us to wear any visible jewelry around our necks while at clinicals. Do you know the rules at your school?

    Quote from ZeroNightskye
    I do worry that I may take grief from other students or instructors while at school. =/
  5. by   Laura Z. Pam
    ZeroNight, I admire your principle, but must advise that it is best, while in nursing school, to fly low and stealth on *all* fronts. Don't stick out in dress or behavior, most instructors are very conservative and don't give a fig for fairness or tolerance. Remember, the true pentacle is in your heart and in your behavior, and once you are through school, you will be able to help people, make money, and fly whatever flag you like. My thoughts will be with you.
  6. by   Laura Z. Pam
    Vajrayana Buddhist, here, working in hospice as well. Pushing aside doctrine and dogma, most people believe in loving-kindness, so when others want prayers and such, it is pretty easy to translate any religion into that, while closing the mouth and shaking the head.
  7. by   macalania54
    Wow, I'm pleasantly surprised at the number of pagan nurses in this thread! I'm pagan as well, and still a student. The only time religion and spirituality has ever come up in the context of school was in an assignment in my Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness class, but I didn't explicitly say I was pagan. I go to school in a very *liberal* area of MA, and I get the feeling it wouldn't have been a huge issue...
  8. by   SNmurse
    I believe in a higher power and hold life and nature in high regard (not like the hippies would :P), I hold life as sacred but am not defined or devoted to any one religion, just kind of my own path!

    With that being said, I respect and observe other people's religious beliefs, like if they say a prayer, I'll bow my head and say amen and what not.
  9. by   Orca
    I am Baha'i, which I usually wind up explaining to people when they ask. I try not to interject religion into my practice, although its moral principles guide my actions, and I believe that all religions have their good points and therefore may be valuable to those who practice them. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, and while you don't quite get the degree of indoctrination in the UMC that you get in some other religions, in retrospect parroting back memorized prayers that as a child I had no concept of the real meaning of was of little value. It took some time, but I found a faith that closely matches my values as a human being, and that is more of a personal journey than having someone schooled in a particular way of thinking standing in front of me telling me what I should be doing, saying and thinking.
  10. by   kabfighter
    Quote from LJ85
    Why a lack of belief?
    We are all born atheists until we are brainwashed by the society around us. Atheism is not a system of beliefs any more than not believing in Santa is. We find insufficient evidence to accept religious claims as fact, and therefore reject the claims as preposterous. The Bible is less believable than Homer's Odyssey, yet a great majority of Americans accept it as fact (at least in part). This makes me shake me head in disappointment in my countryfolk. I was fortunate to grow up in the least religious state in the country. We also have the highest rate of high school graduation and one of the lowest crime rates. It's a good place overall.
  11. by   savoytruffle
    Pagan here as well. I go through cycles, falling in and out of practice. I lack some of the discipline my friends have. I would say I'm a humanist as well. This has made for some very interesting discussions at my Christian College. I went there for the excellent program and just sit quietly through prayers. It's their thing. Not mine. No big deal. I do find it very hard when I need to ground and center in the middle of a crazy day. My needs are a little different than what most are used to. I have be discreet so as not explain myself over and over. (Like why I love to take walks outside even if its snowing- just to clear my mind) I think I'm more sensitive to energy around me, so sometimes I have a hard time blocking out all the negative and I can get down pretty easily when I neglect my spirituality.

    On a "not my best moment" note: don't Get in a fight with a catholic and call Easter "zombie Jesus day". No matter how angry you are that she just called you a dirty satanist. Going through "sensitivity training" (the other lady didn't have to go, just me) is no fun and the pagan will always be the odd ball after that. I don't work there any more- of my own choosing. And I think Jesus is lovely and wish I could be more like him, but it just isn't meant to be for me.
  12. by   somenurse
    <---atheist. Lifelong,(since reaching the age of reason) "born again" atheist. However, most atheists do not see atheism as a "belief" system, at all, so not sure if the OP wants people with zero beliefs to join in this thread, but, i see a few have joined in this thread anyway, despite the title of the thread,
    so i thought i would, too.

    .....although the title of this thread does not apply to atheists, as, by definition, we have no "belief system" about gods.(alternative or otherwise) Might be why you have 6 pages of mostly pagans and wiccans, etc, replying to this thread, and very few atheists.

    Atheism is a belief system, the way bald is a hair color.
    Atheism is a belief system, the way not collecting stamps is a hobby.
    Atheism is a belief system the way abstinence is a sexual position.

    Things have vastly improved for atheists in just my lifetime, oh wow, you guys should have seen the 70s! shiver! First remark ws always "you wil burn in hell!" and First question, invariably, was "Well, do you worship the devil then?"

    Not that long ago, people had never heard of an atheist, we were not on tv, no one was out at all, our numbers were far far less than they are today, and no books or mags would be on the shelves, and only were mentioned negatively, always.

    Only atheist i ever saw for first many decades of my life, was my own reflection in the mirror, and Dr Ohare being pelted with eggs when she left her home, and mocked by the reporters and anchors with much relish.
    I once had "you will burn in hell" keyed into my car for being out. People could treat a person with almost horror upon finding out you were not a christian, let alone an atheist. OH, i could bore you all with tons of stories of the typical reaction: to anyone finding out you were an atheist back then.

    things have changed!!

    Now, there are well spoken atheists all over tv, all over the internet, websites dedicated just for us!! Although atheists are hard to count, some counts have us as hight as 20% of the population!! (some nations, we are the majority, like Norway, for example).

    it's becoming a whole different atmosphere, so glad i lived to see it. Most everyone today has met or at least heard of an atheist. They've stopped throwing eggs and keying our cars. (well, most of 'em)
    We've come a long way, but, have a long way to go yet.
    LIke many atheists, I have learned to not bring it up at work, instead, i do this: (reply #2)
    Do You Have To Be Religious/Spiritual to be a good Nurse?
    that^ could work for all of you with alternative belief systems, too.
    Last edit by somenurse on Feb 13, '13
  13. by   St_Claire
    I'm Zen Buddhist. The only time it has been made an issue is when another nurse on the floor told the DON that since I do not believe in God I should work Christmas Eve a d Christmas day without talking to me the DON did schedule me for both. The usual policy is each nurse takes a 4 hour shift so we all have the chance to be home. We straightened it out through an in service and went back to the four hour schedule.

    The only other problem it has created is when someone "finds out" I'm Buddhist it becomes the most interesting thing about me.