Praying when you don't mean it - page 2

Do you think it's wrong or offensive to pray with a patient if you don't believe in that religion (or any religion)? For example, I am an atheist but I was raised a Catholic, and went to Catholic... Read More

  1. by   Unknown member
    I was raised Catholic and got my first holy communion as a child....

    No offense, but obviously if I'm not religious, I don't believe my actions were "sinful"...maybe diehard Catholics may, but I do not. And how could other people get offended if I am doing this with my patient and not sharing it with the world? Yes, I'm talking about it on allnurses but I do not go around telling everybody everytime I pray or do the like with my patients. This was a quick little communion at the hospital at my patient's bedside, where I don't believe he confessed any "sins" either. I did not go to a church.
  2. by   BluegrassRN
    If a pt requires more than a respectful silence, I offer to either call their spiritual leader or the on call chaplain for them. I have read to pts, at their request, from the Bible and the Qur'an.

    That's about as far as I am comfortable going, before I feel like I'm being disrespectful by faking something I don't believe.