Are nurses, medical staff offended, or agitated by a regular/repeating patient believing in God -
Or some-one who is Christian?
As a nurse, I must ask you, What does the belief or non-belief of God or Christianity have to do with being a regular / repeat patient? I do get irritated with repeat patients at times, but it is usually because they have refused to heed medical advice, thus resulting in their repeat visit, not due to religion. Religion is one's choice and has nothing to do with medical care. Some religions do oppose to certain medical practices, and that is to be respected, no matter what the opinion of the medical personnel. So, to answer your question....No. Not this Nurse.
xanzacow: I meant Chronic... The belief that God may have a miracle waiting down the line. Whether true or not combats a certain amount of depression. Yet, It seemed many nurses, doctors etc. wanted strongly to drive the notion out of me completely. So, I'm stuck with it for life - unless I can find a cure - "uh, there's no cure! There's minds greater than yours..." Get my point, so it seems such people as I've come across seem happier to depress me further than allow me to have a dream -even if it were a bit deluded I would rather not have had this intervened!
I highly doubt it unless you're the type of repeat patient that's in because you keep trying way to get closer to god...in a manner you end up at the hospital every time. They're in the profession of keeping people alive and well so such people tend to piss health care professionals off...
When I had colon surgery and almost died, the nurse who just happened to be walking by the room and saw I was in trouble visited me often and prayed with me.
When my son was in a car accident and had to have brain surgery, the neurosurgeon, after explaining the issue and what he was going to be doing, led us in prayer.
The doctor who performed by colon surgery, told me, after I tried to thank him for saving my life, not to thank him. "Someone is not through with you yet," referring to God. Some doctors and nurses may not believe in God. I have never encountered one, and I have been operated on six times, waited while my son had brain surgery and depended upon the nurses who took care of me. By the way, I usually go to a Catholic run hospital, that is recognized as a regional medical center, and you see many of the doctors and nurses in the Mass held at the church chapel. They do not have to attend. They just do.
In my experience, nurses and doctors are happy to accomodate any religions and beliefs. They do not judge. What may, in your words, offend or agitate them is a patient who ignores their advice, or seems in denial of the situation. They need to ensure the patient fully understands things. It sounds like a communication problem or clash of styles/personalities more than a religion issue. Many doctors and nurses have a strong faith in God.
This has got to be one of the worst questions I have encountered on a forum overrun by bad questions!
As a former nurse it didn't bother me what beliefs or non-beliefs a patient had. The only thing that would bother me at times was if the repeat patient was needing medical attention because they were not following instructions from the doctor and so putting their health at risk. I've seen a few people go through needless distress and suffering because they wouldn't follow instructions. If it's due to their beliefs that they can't follow instructions then that is of course their choice and that has to be respected. But I would certainly say 'no' I never have been agitated with any patient, repeat or not, due to their beliefs.
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