Grand Canyon University
Spirituality in Health Care
America is known as a melting pot due to the many people and their different cultures and beliefs that they bring to the pot. Religion plays a large role in this melting pot. With all of the different cultures and ethnicities they all follow their religion and beliefs. As healthcare providers it is imperative that we acknowledge and be supportive of the various religions and or spiritual beliefs that we may encounter with these patient’s during our careers. Of the many religions there are three that sparked ones interest and they are: Judaism, Islam, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. These three faiths practice their religion ...view middle of the document...
The Holy Day also known as the Sabbath is observed by Orthodox Jews from Friday at sundown through Saturday sun down (Gebers, L., 2003). In the event of an emergency occurring all life saving measures are allowed, however if the Jewish patient happens to pass away no autopsy is to be performed unless the death occurred under an unusual yet suspicious situation. The Orthodox Jew believe in organ donation due to they view it as a good deed.
The fundamental belief of Muslims is the oneness of God and belief in Muhammad as the last Prophet of God. Islam means submission and obedience to the will of God, and aims at achieving peace with self and the surroundings (ISPI, n.d.). The Muslim spiritual text is called the Qur’an. The Muslim religion has a large following, and is very present within a lot of communities around the United States and beyond. The Muslim religion is ever present in the Middle East, and is one of the primary religions in the Middle East. Many people have a prejudice against the Muslim community especially those that appear to be from the Middle East due to terrorist events that have occurred in the United States. As a healthcare provider it is important to put those negative situations aside to care for our patients. The Muslim patient also pray a lot and may require more alone time to pray. When caring for the patient try to limit eye contact, be aware that with this religion and culture the man is the one that will be the spokesperson. If possible have same sex nurses care for the patients. Their dietary law is similar to the Orthodox Jew due to they also do not eat pork, alcohol is prohibited and in the event there isn’t any meals available they can have a kosher meal or vegetarian. Like the Orthodox Jew, Muslims also allow life saving measures to save lives. There is no medical treatment that is restricted. In the event of end of life care, the Muslims prefer an expeditious burial. Allow the family and Imam to follow Islamic guidelines for preparing the dead body for an Islamic funeral (ISPI, n.d.). As a healthcare provider one should know that respect is very important to the Muslim community at all times even after death.
Jehovah’s Witnesses is a religion that was originated by an American Bible student Charles Taze Russell in the 1870’s. They believe that their purpose in life is to serve God; they also denounce worldly sins (Types of Religion, n.d.). They are modest people, who are most known for going door to door to looking to meet people that are wanting to convert and becoming a Jehovah Witness and a religion that don’t...