Especially if you work in critical care areas, you will be asked by patients your religion. Reply #2
here, and reply #4, here:
Do You Have To Be Religious/Spiritual to be a good Nurse? - Nursing and Spirituality
^is how i, a lifelong atheist, handle it. Turns out, the patients don't reeeally care or want to know, when they ask,
they are usually wanting a springboard to discuss THEIR own beliefs.
Each nurse has to decide on her own, what she reveals about her own personal beliefs in her WORK setting. Me, i wish everyone would leave their religions and politics at home when they punch in, and just be neutral,
and work to remember, these moments are not about US, but, are about honoring whatever the patient needs.
Now, whatever you choose to tell your fellow students, or coworkers, is another matter. Yes, non-christian religions, or having zero-religion, can cause many to view you with suspicion. Poll after poll shows atheists are always #1 on minorities viewed negatively
, and i'd imagine, pagans are right up there, too.
i have learned the hard way, it's easier and more peaceful for ME to not reveal my atheism to coworkers. Otherwise, i am very 'out', but, not at work.
I once found my car keyed with the words, "you will burn in hell" keyed into the paint of my car at work, back when i was out at work, too. (this was several decades ago, back when atheism was viewed even worse than it is today, we've come a long way nowadays, oh the changes i've seen!)
I do not have the time, nor any interest, to have debates at work.
I have to keep my attitude GOOD at work, and fielding questions like, "Well, if you don't believe in gods, what keeps you from just killing people then?", or "You? An atheist? But, but, you're so nice!!" etc, doesn't' much improve my inner peace.
I never ever lie, nope, that's the one line i won't cross to be true to my own self,
but, i just think political topics and religious topics do NOT foster the most harmonious teamwork, imo. IT'S FAR EASIER TO STEP OVER THESE TOPICS than you might realize.
but, this is a personal choice, that you
have to decide, what's right for one nurse, might not fit how you feel about things.....
but, i'm warning you, as much as i admire those who are very out, you have a right to know------ there is a price to be paid for being known to belong to a very misunderstood minority.