How to drop subtle hints with my nursing students about faith. - page 4

Hi all! I am a new clinical nursing instructor and am wondering how to drop hints if possible about having faith. Especially as these are future nurses. I know that carrying the love of Christ... Read More

  1. by   LadyFree28
    I wanted to address the suggestion that expressing one's faith at a religious school.

    I attended a Christian-Brother school who did not make their curriculum "Faith-based"; rather, the teachings included the examples that swansonplace stated...including investing in community, the hopeless and the helpless those values transcended culture and religion, and not mutually exclusive to religion. Even though the teachings and university's mission is based on a Christian monk, and we have to take religion, it was not "preaching" to the students. In fact, it was NOT recommended and not allowed in our coursework.

    I wanted to put out there that even at certain religious schools, even affirmation and sharing of one's faith is not allowed as much as in a non-denominational school.

    I understand your faith is a HUGE part in who you are; I am sure you are leading by example for your students effectively.
  2. by   joanna73
    Quote from Trust in Jesus
    Christians should be sharing their faith and I think it would be wonderful if you encouraged your students to pray. You can also pray for your students in your quiet time each day.

    To the other poster: which did you go to school? It sounds great!
    I respect all cultures and religions, even those that are different from mine. To each his own. However, please remember that Christians don't have a corner on the market.

    Would Christians appreciate me preaching my Aeithest views? Somehow, I doubt that. Religion and spirituality does not necessarily require sharing.
  3. by   manusko
    In the context of students asking what are ways to alleviate stress or test anxiety, you can mention ways alleviate that stress. You can say some people exercise, vent with others, meditate and some pray. I don't see a problem with it in this context. I pray before tests to help calm me. I have done this since nursing school and through anesthesia school. A little longer before boards. It helps me relax.
  4. by   HappyWife77
    Yes I now realize I was WAY off. I am aware just because my walk with God has been amazing....doesn't mean I have to draw on it to give/promote to others. I will teach and support nursing skills. They're there to learn and be comfortable and be encourage in their abilties. And their choice of faith or no faith is between them and whosoever they choose or not choose. Its none of my business and my faith walk is noone elses business. Keep it on the task at hand!! I am so grateful for the support and advice that Allnurses.com provides. I have only made that one comment and it was while walking to our cars after clinicals and I was approached by two students that were geting nervous over exams. I even said that's what I've done in my schooling is prayed it thru... I've even listened to book of Proverbs( wisdom)on audiobible while sleeping and have never recieved less than above perfect score( including all possible points and extra credit) in every class. This is my story not yours... it worked for me. But I am new -I asked and am heeding the advice. No Harm done No foul. Thanks so much for responding I am regrounded. We need eachother.Happy Nursing!
  5. by   Nurse2BeInGA
    I get annoyed when professors spend half the class talking about their spouses, children, grandchildren, hobbies, etc. Religion would fall into that same category of wasted time when they should be spending teaching content that I will be responsible for knowing.
  6. by   manusko
    I have had many instructors introduce themselves ad tell us about where they went to school and some tell us a little about their family. I think it makes them look more human to us and we meet people who went through school in similar situations at us. Which shows us that it can be done. These have been both nurses and doctors. Never thought anything of it.
  7. by   KelRN215
    I went to a Jesuit University and I'd have been incredibly put off if a nursing instructor tried to drop subtle hints about faith or told me that I should pray more.

    Though there were crucifixes in every classroom and one of the most well known of our nursing faculty members is a nun, I don't ever recall a professor (even the professor of the theology class I was required to take) suggesting that we should pray. There was probably a prayer said at graduation (but not at our nursing pinning ceremony or the individual school of nursing graduation) but it was so insignificant to me that I don't remember it. If you want to pray with college students, perhaps look into Campus Ministry or leading retreats. Nursing clinicals is NOT the place for it.
  8. by   HappyWife77
    Incredibly put off if an instructor dropped hints on praying while attending a Jesuit college? Really? It seems I wouldn't be moved so much in that situation.
  9. by   HappyWife77
    Quote from manusko
    I have had many instructors introduce themselves ad tell us about where they went to school and some tell us a little about their family. I think it makes them look more human to us and we meet people who went through school in similar situations at us. Which shows us that it can be done. These have been both nurses and doctors. Never thought anything of it.
    I like this too. Yes we are all human. An introduction is good and leaving other details of my personal life out of classroom/clinicals after the introduction sounds like the plan.
  10. by   ElizaW
    Thank you for being willing to see the issue through other eyes. It may seem obvious to you that what you are doing is putting forward the love of Christ. Never forget that there will be students in your class with deeply held religious convictions that differ from your own. Nurses really need to embrace multiculturalism. As a Jewish nurse in a very fundamentalist Christian part of the country, I have learned that over and over again. I am there to care for the patient and the family. I am there to validate them, and to provide for their needs. I am not there to pull them out of their world view and into mine. When they say, "You know Jesus" I just smile. I know Jesus as an iconoclastic rabbi and a child of G-d in the same way that I am. That is not what they are saying, but if it gives them comfort; let them believe whatever they want. It's not about me. It's about them.


    Your willingness to see through other eyes is wonderful. You'll be a great instructor.
  11. by   HappyWife77
    Thank you Eliza. We have to remain teachable and life long learners. I really do want to help them succeed and have faith in their ablities.
  12. by   tigerRN2013
    While I think that it is sad that America has gotten to this point, many people are very hostile to the Christian faith and will attack it (and you) whenever possible. If you were muslim, jewish, buddist, or other, people would receive it happily, but unfortunately it is culturally acceptable for people to treat Christians with disrespect. After you gain your students respect on a nursing instructor level, they will be paying attention to your life choices and see your faith and respect/learn from it as well. I was one of two Christians in a class of over 100 students, and by the end of nursing school, they all knew what my faith was and respected it. I received the class award for compassion and caring because I do try to treat people in a loving Christian way and they felt that. I think you are right that having home in God makes such a difference for sick patients (or anybody), but it is not something that can be taught directly in school.
  13. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from tigerRN2013
    While I think that it is sad that America has gotten to this point, many people are very hostile to the Christian faith and will attack it (and you) whenever possible. If you were muslim, jewish, buddist, or other, people would receive it happily, but unfortunately it is culturally acceptable for people to treat Christians with disrespect. After you gain your students respect on a nursing instructor level, they will be paying attention to your life choices and see your faith and respect/learn from it as well. I was one of two Christians in a class of over 100 students, and by the end of nursing school, they all knew what my faith was and respected it. I received the class award for compassion and caring because I do try to treat people in a loving Christian way and they felt that. I think you are right that having home in God makes such a difference for sick patients (or anybody), but it is not something that can be taught directly in school.
    I was wondering how long it would take for someone to bring this up. I don't get where so many people think Christians are being persecuted. What holidays do schools, government offices, and post offices close? It certainly isn't Jewish or Muslim holidays. This country has a history of being Christian-centric. More and more people choose not to become part of a traditional organized religion and more diversity is seen. I fail to see this disrespect you speak of; rather, I see people questioning unchanged practices and thoughts that don't really fit with many people's current beliefs. One example of this is a weekly column published in my city's newspaper, written by a Christian pastor. His column is not about God's love, but rather preaches hatred of certain groups in society (GLBT, the poor, basically all those he considers undesirable). The backlash, as evidenced in online comments and letters to the editor, do not criticize his Christianity but rather his hatred. Disagreement with religious views does not necessarily equal disrespect.

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