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    Is This Behavior Inappropriate?

    Sun Tsu...the art of war. Get this book. There are ways to deal with people like this.
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    It's not my job to pray with you.

    Point is..in nursing you are expected to go above and beyond to bring comfort and care to poeple. There are limits to this i feel, and I wish that it was discussed more. This "oh I do ANYTHING for my poor patients" Perfect nursey land attitude is unrealistic and quite frankly, dangerous in many ways. Yes, we are caregivers, but we are also human beings with limits.
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    No Nursing Shortage

    I live in a rural area. Our hospital has "casual" nurses that have not been able to secure full time for YEARS. The only positions available that are hard to fill are ICU and psych. ICU because it's so specialized, psych because...well..it's psych. Very few people prefer that type of nursing.
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    It's not my job to pray with you.

    I disagree. There are some old men of certain cultures who are taught that it's a nurses job to "relieve their needs". No joke. They're not saying it out of disrespect, they simply want to feel good. That's fine, but like praying with people...relieving male patients needs is not my job.
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    It's not my job to pray with you.

    Atheism is not a religion. It is simply a lack of. Just like not collecting stamps isn't a hobby.
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    It's not my job to pray with you.

    I am not upset. I was uncomfortable. The patient wanted me to comfort her in this way and I felt it was not my place to do so. I've also had male patients ask me to comfort them with sexual favours. I was uncomfortable with that too. They are on the same level to me.
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    It's not my job to pray with you.

    My hospital is public (Canada). We are not required to pray with patients. I had a patient ask me to pray with her yesterday. It makes me uncomfortable. I dont believe in prayer, and faking it would be dishonest. As far as "spiritual support", I dont think you need to be a personally spiritual person to do this. Simply be kind and call the appropriate person. I respect my patients right to their own beliefs. I do t feel I should have to participate in those beliefs to be a supportive nurse.
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    Ridiculous medical mistakes on TV

    When they give IM meds (Of any kind), say...a sedative..and the patient falls over passed out within 3 seconds. Must be that Vulcan pinch IM shot...
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    It's not my job to pray with you.

    I am not religious. I do not pray. If praying makes you feel good then awesome. Do that. When patients are religious and need spirutual support, I am the first one to find their local pastor/rabbi/medicine man/etc. for them. This is how I can support my patient. I do not feel however, that I should be pressured to say prayers. yes, I will give my patient space and quiet time to pray if they want, but i don't feel it's my job to pray with patients. I feel this is over the line.
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    The Nurse as a Patient

    I was a patient in the renal unit about 5 years ago. I was there 5 days recovering from a minor operation. It was the first time I experienced being a patient since becoming a nurse. I work medical/surgical. One thing i realized was how crappy it is in a shared room when roomates have visitors at ALL HOURS. The nursing care I received was good. I didn't like poeple doing "proceedures" on me. I emptied my own JP and wrote it down for the nurses. When the order was given for the foley to come out, I asked the nurse for a syringe to deflate the baloon and took it out myself. I realized how private of a person I am. The nurses were great, allowed me as much privacy/autonomy as possible. They seemed to appreciate when I did things for myself. Hardest part was not helping nurses with other patients when I could see they were super busy, and I was feeling ok.

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