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As I was reading the chapters in the book Called to care: A Christian worldview for nursing, the part that got to me the most is the following “Often patients press us with questions. “Why did my baby die?” “How can I live with a body that can’t move or feel?” How often have we stood dumb before these cries? Our theories were impotent to help us. The naturalistic scientiﬁc theories told us about physiology and pathology. The psychosocial nursing theories told us to listen, to feel with to support and encourage our patients. But we found ourselves powerless in the end” (Shelly, J. A., and Miller, A. B., 2006). As I read that part I felt the knot on my throat, and my stomach that I had been feeling for the past weeks. I work in the ICU, I had been there for over a year and due to the high turn over rate of nurses, I am now one of the most experienced nurses in the unit. This had mean in my life that now, every shift I work, I get the sickest and most critical patients in the unit. Once I stabilize them, they jump me to the next ones by my next shift. The sad part is that most of these patients will either eventually not make it, or will definitely won’t have a good quality of life in the future. As their nurse, I am the one that has to be there when the Doctors give the bad news to the families. I am the one that has to stay there to support them as they have to sallow the bad news. This is always hard, specially when the patients are young and had so much life ahead of them. It is definitely true when they say to take care of yourself in order to take care of others, and this is something I had been puttiing in practice a lot lately.
My view of of disease and healing from the readings, is that spiritual practices can promote better outcomes for the ill. The process of healing from a disease can become a smoother journey for the patient and the family when they integrate their spiritual practices.
Puchalski, C. (2001). The role of spirituality in health care. NCBI. 14(4): 352–357
Shelly, J. A., & Miller, A. B. (2006). Called to care: A Christian worldview for nursing (2nd ed.). [IVP Academic]. Retrieved from https://viewer.gcu.edu/UGPTQ4