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Tension can arise when both science and religion overlap on the same topics, and have two different side of “truth” (Robinson, 2012). This kind of tension is seen in the medical profession related to having to depend on the science of the medical field, and the spiritual needs of our patients. Science is based on observations of nature, and is based greatly in evidence and dialoged by a scientist (Robinson, 2012). Religion is largely based on faith of all kinds, with multiple different views (Robinson, 2012). Science is a collection of data, testing, how things work, and reviewed by peers, and religious is an agreement with a sacred book, and beliefs (Robinson, 2012). When things happen in the medical field some times that cannot be explained it is sometimes seen as an occurrence of an accident, when others see it as a divine intervention, it all steams from the beliefs, and views of others.
In reading how nurses once was motivated by compassion, and now it has been said it is evolved into the nurse being motivated by professionalism (Shelly & Miller, 2006). My motivation is still, and will always be compassion, but in a professional manner. The nurse is more focused since the beginning of time on the whole person such as physical, emotional, and the spiritual aspects of care (Shelly & Miller, 2006). Nurse’s values are to show unconditional love and compassion to all we serve, and this includes the spiritual needs of our patients, and this come from my Christian values, but respect of others views without compromising my faith. It states that nursing is a ministry, and I believe that is true, but also respect the medical professionals that I have the pleasure to work with, and their views of the science aspects of the job (Shelly & Miller, 2006). No matter the field we choose to work in, we can bring our Christian beliefs, and address spiritual needs of others, along with respecting the beliefs, and values of those we encounter.
Our views and beliefs shape the understanding to life, suffering, dying, and how we process our losses (Meilaender, 2013). It is important for the nurse to be aware of these views and beliefs, in order to provide the patient with culturally appropriate care. Sometimes patients need their spiritual health attended to even if the disease cannot be healed (Meilaender, 2013). Nurses address these needs daily with the patients we serve, and is one reason that nursing was the lifelong dream of my person as i did not get a chance to be an MD. Nurses should work togetehr to raise awareness that there are spiritual needs to help all our patients get an optimum level of care.
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