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Nursing spiritually

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I’ve been trying to catch up on all my blog-reading lately, and so naturally, this headliner on our front page caught my eye.  At first I thought, “well, yeah, of course,” and sort of dismissed it, but then I thought I’d take a stop and really read it, see what’s up, and read what other people are saying.

You’ve all really only confirmed what I already knew in my heart. So thank you. As someone raised strong in faith and prayer, I think of myself as a religious person. I feel like nursing came to me as a calling… it was so far from what I had always done, but it just seemed to right, despite the major 180 flip I was turning. I pray regularly, but always a special prayer before work in the morning, and that’s on top of the prayer I know my mom says for me when I leave in the morning.

In our profession we see so much. We see the good and the bad, life and death. We work hand in hand with patients, families, co-workers, all from different backgrounds and beliefs. Regardless of what we believe, we have to be respectful, but we also have to be strong. Strong in faith or spirituality, I think that believing in a higher being, however you prefer it, makes what we do tolerable. I can’t imagine facing the family of a child who has just passed and not believing that he or she was now in a better place. I don’t impose my beliefs on others, but it’s my comfort, my strength, everyday, and even more so because I am a nurse.


Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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    I find that I’m able to give from the bottom of my heart of my time, of my care and love and at times my persoanl safety without the need for a prayer. I have held hearts in my hand, pumping blood to their organs while surgeons rush to close the bullet wounds in their vessels. I have walked the halls on Christmas Day carrying a 6 month old baby whos mother died of a Drug overdose. All without the need to pronounce it was because of GOD. I love my fellow humans. I care for them and their needs. This love brings me to run to a burning car on the side of the highway to pull the driver out. To stop and render aid to passegers thrown from their car during an accident. I do not need prayer or God to bring me to perform these acts, to care for people in need. I do it out of love. Why do you make such a blanket statment that sends the message that ONLY THRU god can can one perform as a nurse, as a caring person. I have held crying family mbrs in my arms because that is who I am, not because Strong in faith or spirituality, pr because believing in a higher being, however you prefer it, makes what we do tolerable. By having the privilagte of helping another is all the motivation needed. If God is the only thing that allows you to care for the sick, and comfort those in need, I’m not sure what that says about nursing.