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Daisy - TY. I'm glad that it turned out to be way for so many to share their worries & hopes. Even if just for a short brief period of respite.

Stay safe & strong. 

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Yes, With the patients' permission, we should pray with our patients.

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God has not fallen off the throne! 

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11 hours ago, Floor_Nurse said:

God has not fallen off the throne! 

As a nurse, do you usually switch from praying for patients to teaching theology?

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On 5/9/2020 at 8:52 AM, Floor_Nurse said:

God has not fallen off the throne! 

Nor will He ever!

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It’s your beautiful intention that counts.  Precision of the exact words not so much. 

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On 5/14/2020 at 1:47 AM, spaniel said:

It’s your beautiful intention that counts.  Precision of the exact words not so much. 

I doubt that Christian nurses will take your words seriously.

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On 5/24/2020 at 10:01 PM, vetpharmtech said:

I doubt that Christian nurses will take your words seriously.

Speaking as a Christian nurse...if I was in the hospital (and have been) I would appreciate any kind words and/or attempts at someone trying to comfort me.

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1 hour ago, Daisy4RN said:

Speaking as a Christian nurse...if I was in the hospital (and have been) I would appreciate any kind words and/or attempts at someone trying to comfort me.

Good for you. I wouldn't when the nurse knows that I don't believe in Yahweh. Invoking a deity that I, as a patient, do not believe in in front of me is dehumanize me.

I would appreciate your thought when it stays as a thought. The moment you want me to acknowledge your thought through your god is when my tolerance is out.

There is a difference between "I will keep you in my prayer" and "I will pray for you in Yahweh's name".

I don't think evangelical Christian nurses understand the difference. Either that or they intend to use the opportunity to preach their religion. That is insidious. 

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17 minutes ago, vetpharmtech said:

Good for you. I wouldn't when the nurse knows that I don't believe in Yahweh. Invoking a deity that I, as a patient, do not believe in in front of me is dehumanize me.

I would appreciate your thought when it stays as a thought. The moment you want me to acknowledge your thought through your god is when my tolerance is out.

There is a difference between "I will keep you in my prayer" and "I will pray for you in Yahweh's name".

I don't think evangelical Christian nurses understand the difference. Either that or they intend to use the opportunity to preach their religion. That is insidious. 

The point I was trying to make is that if I was a patient in the hospital I would appreciate any person of any faith offering me comfort that is not (necessarily) of a Christian nature (ie poems, music etc). I have been in the hospital and hardly ever saw the nurse (not complaining bc I know how busy they/we are) so if s/he had a few moments to try to offer comfort it would have been greatly appreciated, no matter what they believe. I would not take it as them trying to preach their religion, I would take it as since it is their religion that is what they know and so offer (I would not think of is as dehumanizing to me), although as an RN myself I would always ask first to try to comfort in a way that is meaningful to the patient. 

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5 minutes ago, Daisy4RN said:

The point I was trying to make is that if I was a patient in the hospital I would appreciate any person of any faith offering me comfort that is not (necessarily) of a Christian nature (ie poems, music etc). I have been in the hospital and hardly ever saw the nurse (not complaining bc I know how busy they/we are) so if s/he had a few moments to try to offer comfort it would have been greatly appreciated, no matter what they believe. I would not take it as them trying to preach their religion, I would take it as since it is their religion that is what they know and so offer (I would not think of is as dehumanizing to me), although as an RN myself I would always ask first to try to comfort in a way that is meaningful to the patient. 

Based on what you describe, I am expected to appreciate the nurse's "offer" (whatever that means) of comfort through the only religious system they know.

Fine, I can do that if they can do on their part as well. I doubt that they are capable of doing so.

Remember that in Christianity, anything that is not from your god is from the devil. If the patient is from a different faith, it is from the devil in the Christian nurse's eyes. You may not think so, but you do not represent Christian theology or Christian nurses.

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27 minutes ago, vetpharmtech said:

Based on what you describe, I am expected to appreciate the nurse's "offer" (whatever that means) of comfort through the only religious system they know.

Fine, I can do that if they can do on their part as well. I doubt that they are capable of doing so.

Remember that in Christianity, anything that is not from your god is from the devil. If the patient is from a different faith, it is from the devil in the Christian nurse's eyes. You may not think so, but you do not represent Christian theology or Christian nurses.

As a Christian I do represent Christian theology. I also believe that when working on the clock as a nurse it is my responsibility to give comfort to a patient in such a way that it is meaningful to them (offer spiritual care etc). My point is that I would not be offended (as a pt) if a nurse asks me if I am a particular religion, or offered prayers in their religion, but I would refuse if it was not of a Christian religion (point is I would not be offended just with the asking). I would also be appreciative of any offer of nonreligious comfort and would probably accept it (ie poems etc). 

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