GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
Spirituality in Health Care
HLT - 310V
Ms. Patricia Mullen
October 9, 2010
Faith diversity and nursing care are the two issues, which have to be evaluated as one whole. Many patients with different faiths have to pass treatment at one hospital. It is necessary to evaluate whether spiritual conditions may influence the success of patient’s treatment and how helpful human faith can be. In this paper, the analysis of three different religions, Buddhism, Jehovah’s Witness, and Pentecostal, is offered to define whether the variety of religions is influential in nursing care. With the help of three interviews, the evaluation of faith diversities is possible and can be used to improve the conditions of nursing care.
Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity: Final Draft
During their nursing practice, health care providers have to work and cooperate with different people who have different cultural roots. Simmers, Simmers-Nartker, and Simers-Nobelak (2003) admit that spiritual and religious diversity is considered to be an inherent part of any cultural group; this is why nursing practice has to presuppose an idea of spiritual diversity and human wish to get necessary treatment in accordance with everything people may believe into. In this paper, the evaluation of three different interviews will help to define how people with different religions (Buddhism, Jehovah’s Witness, and Pentecostal) and cultural preferences should be treated, and what kind of attitude they expect to get in comparison to the Christian perspective that is widely spread nowadays. Hypothesis
One of the most important questions in the interviews provided is the idea of healing. It is known that each religious introduces a special approach to healing and the conditions under which healing is possible. Though healing may include a number of dramatic or sudden physical cures (Hickman 2006) and is usually considered to be a positive outcome of treatment, faiths are characterized by different attitudes. For example, a Pentecostal patient truly believes that one day he will be healed miraculously due to his constant prayers, communication with God, and respect to all traditions. Almost the same way is supported by the Christians. Christian patients also believe that they may be healed as a result of constant prayers and keeping the fasts. In comparison to the Christian beliefs, the representative of Jehovah’s Witness cannot understand the idea of healing because their faith is all about endurance and comfort that have to be earned. The traditions of these people reject faith healing and ready to cooperate with health care providers to be treated properly (Ehman, 2007). The attitude of Buddhism believers to healing is similar to the one of the Christians: if a person deserves to be healed, an opportunity to be healed exists. The only thing that has to be done is evaluation of the reasons of why a person feels ill and definition of the causes. Taking into consideration the fact that each faith has its own attitude to healing, and some of them differ considerably from a Christian perspective, there are several critical components of healing. The Buddhism patient may spend days and nights meditating to get the right of being healed. This person admits that it is better to suffer for some period of time to get an idea that healing is possible. Suffering is considered to be a crucial part of Buddhist style of life (Mauk & Schmidt, 2004), this is why Buddhist believer prefers to communicate with God alone, mediate, and define the main purposes of treatment. The attitude of Jehovah’s Witness to healing is rather pessimistic; so it is impossible to observe a number of believers praying in hospitals. They prefer to communicate with health care providers and define the nature of the illness. The...