I've been reading a number of different threads since registering here and the topic of one's religious beliefs has arisen many times. I'm a born-again Christian working as a Med-Surg nurse and I see my job as a form of ministry-- a way to serve God as well as make a living, and I'm interested in knowing how others incorporate their religious beliefs into their jobs without this becoming too controversial or heated a discussion, if that's possible when talking about religion!
I rarely talk about my faith or beliefs on the job unless asked, and express my faith through actions more than words. So I mainly "live my faith" since there's so little time for words. I pray before work that God will help me love my patients and co-workers and that my work will bring glory to Him. I ask for His guidance, help, and provision before and during my shift. I have prayed with patients in the past if they seemed receptive or outright asked for prayer. I also approach my job as doing it to the best of my ability to please God and see serving my patients as also serving God.
I have never pushed my beliefs on anybody and have actually felt guilty sometimes for not sharing my hope and the reason for my faith. The only feedback I've received from living my faith has been patients expressing that the care they've received from me has seemed "different"; if I feel led, I may say something about serving God by serving them, but generally I just smile and say, "thank you".
Feb 12, '02
Brian just warned us not to talk about our religious beliefs or express our religious viewpoints on the "General Discussion Forum" over on another post about "eeeeeeeeek...unprotected sex...", but instead Brian warned us to only post about topics such as this one (religious in nature--sharing one another's personal views on religion, our beliefs, faith, etc.) on the forum titled "Off Topic Forum -- Just Conversation". What's fair for one, is fair for all, so how about havng Brian switch your post over to the "Off Topic Forum -- Just Conversation" so we can continue a topic very precious to many, yet upsetting to others so we can remain respectful of those who object to the topic of one sharing their religious beliefs, even when caring for our patients. Sad, but true, folks!
I, for one, enjoy sharing with other nurses who believe the way you all do, but I dare not share it lest I be slammed. I do take private messages, however, so feel free to "PM" me.
Last edit by live4today on Feb 13, '02