God Doesn’t Treat His Children That Way: How To Care When Faith Interferes

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Donald D. Kautz, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This article provides guidance for nurses when a person's faith is at odds with expected rehabilitation outcomes. This article explores how nurses can assist patients and their families who believe that the reason for the disability is that god is punishing them. The first strategy is always encouraging the patient and family to express their feelings, as this may be healing. Nurses can work with the patient or family's spiritual leader to assist them to resolve these feelings. Guidance is provided for nurses to meet the spiritual needs of patients by helping patients to see god as "friend, companion, and guide." When nurses address spiritual needs of our rehabilitation patients and their families, nurses are truly providing holistic care.

Additional Information

International Journal for Human Caring, 16(4), 71-73
Language: English
Date: 2012
Nursing, Spiritual Care, Rehabilitation

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