Nurses are in an excellent position to offer spiritual support to patients—and can do so with the backing of research connecting faith and health! A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that attending religious services can help you live longer.
“Am I going to die?” Doctors are often uncomfortable with the question and generally respond with a variety of treatment options that ultimately may be ineffective, costly, and detrimental to the quality of a patient’s life.
How do we bring God into the anxieties of our lives? “Nurses are always caring for others, sometimes to the exclusion of caring for ourselves,” writes Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner in her new JCN editorial, “How Are You Doing?”
“Give me your hand,” the surgeon said to student nurse Peggy Heppner during cardiovascular surgery. As she anxiously held the patient’s heart in her palm, she felt the unforgettable power of that one beating muscle in a person’s life.
Nurses, as caregivers, are often the last people to take care of themselves. Many nurses don’t take the time to replenish themselves; skipping meal breaks, feeling pulled in many directions, yet continuing to give and give.
Vacations can be exhausting. Often I return from a vacation more tired than when I left. Yes, a change of scenery can be wonderful, but I’ve learned that time away from work does not automatically create a restful soul.