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DQ: When it comes to facilitating spiritual care for patients with worldviews different from your own, what are your strengths and weaknesses?

PHI 413 Topic 5 DQ 2

DQ When it comes to facilitating spiritual care for patients with worldviews different from your own, what are your strengths and weaknesses?

Spiritual care is an essential part of the healing process for every human being physically, mentally, and emotionally. During my patient rounds, I might encounter patients with different worldviews or religions. It is somehow of a challenge for me when I have a patient with a different worldview than mine due to my lack of knowledge about other religions. However, the best way to approach those situations is to acknowledge other people’s beliefs, be active listener, provide support and facilitate communication with pastoral care. As a healthcare professional, it is important to learn about different religions to understand their beliefs and traditions, but it is most important to empathize and provide care with love and respect for every human being because humans are creatures of God (Hoehner, 2020).

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Spiritual care is an important aspect in patient care, and the quality of the spiritual care can make a difference in patients’ outlook on their illness. Personally, I think my biggest weakness when it comes to spiritual care is knowledge. I don’t really know much about any religion aside from Christianity, so it would be easy for me to accidentally say or do something that could be insensitive or offensive because I simply do not know the proper way to handle certain situations. I would consider my strength to be that I am very open-minded and willing to “live and let live”, as long as you aren’t harming someone else you can do what you want and believe what you want. I like to think that I am mostly unprejudiced when it comes to treating people equally, though I do know I have a few small snags here and there that I need to work on.

If I were a patient in a situation where there were difficult decisions to be made, I would want to get as much information about the options as possible from my doctor and a second, possibly even a third opinion. I would also consult my family – my mom, dad, and husband, and try to come to a decision with their help. And I would spend the whole time praying, asking God what I should do. I think as the patient I should have the final say in what happens, even if I make a decision that is different from what everyone else says I should do, but I personally would put a lot of weight on other peoples’ opinions. If I were unable to make the decision, I would hope my family would be able to come to a good decision, and I think my husband should have the final say when it comes to making medical decisions.

As a healthcare provider, I think we all have a weakness in knowing all the different religious beliefs. If we take the time to ask the

DQ When it comes to facilitating spiritual care for patients with worldviews different from your own, what are your strengths and weaknesses
DQ When it comes to facilitating spiritual care for patients with worldviews different from your own, what are your strengths and weaknesses

appropriate questions and do a spiritual assessment, we are building up our worldview knowledge base little by little. I, too, would want my husband, mom, dad, and sisters there to consult with if I have a difficult medical decision to make.

Spiritual care is so helpful in overall patient health and patient support. We must assess their spiritual needs, wants, and openness to spiritual care prior to constructing a plan of care for these patients. I feel like I am strong in the areas of kindness, openness, and education but could use improvement on my personal knowledge of other spiritualities. While I am willing to educate patients when it comes to their health, I also really like to listen to them and assess their overall needs. Some patients need things that we are unaware of because they do not manifest in a physical sense so it is crucial for us as healthcare workers to dig deep and get the patients the care they need and deserve.

In the event of ethical decision making for my own personal care I would like to make the decisions if I am able. In the event that I am not, my family knows my goals and wishes so they would be able to successfully make decisions based on my care with me in mind. Giving them direction has made the difficult situations we have faced as a family a little more straight forward as we all have our healthcare wishes written our for each other. Making decisions is difficult regardless of the situation but especially when it comes to healthcare, having the decision made makes things much more simple in the event of a difficult situation.

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I am able to provide care to each patient no matter what religion they are in. When it comes to facilitating spiritual care to my patients with a different worldview, I give the same compassionate care they deserve. In my career, I have not been in a situation where I have had problems due to differences in worldviews. I sat with a patient as she told me all about her Jehovah’s Witness beliefs, which I found very interesting. Jehovah’s Witness is not my worldview, but I continued to listen to her because she needed to know that she was in good hands, and I was interested in her health and her worldview beliefs. Treating a patient’s spirituality is part of the holistic care approach we all strive for in the healthcare setting, caring for the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. “Spirituality affects every aspect of a person’s life, so offering emotional and spiritual care support should be an important focus for all health care providers. (Evans, 2020)

I would have the final say in my health care decisions in the form of a health care directive. I would let my end-of-life decisions be known to my family. My ethical decision-maker would be my sister. She is in the health field and would honor the decisions I chose. This would be tough for her, but she would be assured she was making the right decision and what was in my best interest.

Reference

Evans, K. (2020). Intervention, Ethical Decision Making, and Spiritual Care. Practicing dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision making in Health Care. https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/5

Great post and yes everyone should be treated equally regardless of the beliefs. This is off topic but is a good example of treating people equally regardless of my belief. I worked years in the restaurant industry and found myself judging my customers based off how the dressed. Regardless of what I thought about them I treated every customer the same because that is how I was raised not to judge a book by its cover. You’d be surprised that the customers who came in dressed nice were some of the worst tippers. The customers you’d least expect a big tip from would leave you a big tip. Just remember to always treat people fairly and equally regardless of where you work. No one should every be treated differently based on our own beliefs. This is especially important in the healthcare field because these patients life depends on our unbiased and culturally competent care.

Thank you for responding to my post. You are absolutely correct in saying you can’t judge a book by its cover. I take pride in the care I give to each of my patients. I am not there to pass judgment on anyone. It doesn’t matter to me if I am treating a well-known person in my community or a homeless person; they all get the same passionate care and treatment they deserve. Your example is an excellent example of treating people equally. We, as healthcare providers, took an oath to provide our patients with respect and dignity both physically and spiritually

Hi Stacy, I enjoyed reading your post. I appreciate when you state how you provide spiritual care to every patient regardless of their worldview. It is a nurse’s mission to treat every patient with love, dignity, and respect regardless of their religion, race, financial status, ethnicity, or sex. However, if we can learn about their preferences, beliefs, values, or spirituality, it helps to facilitate to provide measures of comfort and trust. Additionally, knowledge of the patient’s spirituality, will help when dealing with health challenges, pain, or emotional wellbeing (Evans, 2020).

Reference:

Evans, Keith A. (2020). Intervention, ethical decision-making, and spiritual care. In Grand Canyon University [GCU]. Practicing Dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision making in healthcare. (ch.5). https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/5

Spiritual care is an essential part of the healing process for every human being physically, mentally, and emotionally. During my patient rounds, I might encounter patients with different worldviews or religions. It is somehow of a challenge for me when I have a patient with a different worldview than mine due to my lack of knowledge about other religions. However, the best way to approach those situations is to acknowledge other people’s beliefs, be active listener, provide support and facilitate communication with pastoral care. As a healthcare professional, it is important to learn about different religions to understand their beliefs and traditions, but it is most important to empathize and provide care with love and respect for every human being because humans are creatures of God (Hoehner, 2020).

As a patient, if there is a difficult ethical decision or medical interventions to be made in a case that I am incapable to make those decisions about my care, my husband would be the person assigned to do so as we have discussed my preferences and wishes, as he is also in the health care field. Furthermore, even though he would have the final say, he is a Christian, and I trust that before making difficult and critical decisions, he would discuss them with my parents and siblings because it is our custom to discuss any critical issues as a family for the beneficence of the one in need.

Facilitating spiritual care for patients that have different worldviews different from my own is a task that is relatively easy to me. A strength I have is respecting other patient’s spiritual care. If a patient wants to talk about their spiritual care I often listen and engage in conversation. A weakness I have is if the patient wants to involve me in their spiritual care. Such as giving me brochures about their religion or trying to get into my beliefs. I attempt to stay neutral with my patients.

If was a patient, I would hope that I would get to make my ethical decision-making and interventions in an even of a difficult situation. If I was unable to make a decision I would have a close family member that is neutral and has knowledge of what my wishes are. Each person’s perspective is influenced by and formed by their worldview towards faith and spirituality (Evans, 2020).

Evans, K.A. (2020). Intervention, ethical decision-making, and spiritual care. Practicing Dignity: An Introduction to Christian Values and Decision Making in Health Care. https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/5