Running head: SPIRITUAL DIVERSITY
Spiritual Diversity in Healthcare
Grand Canyon University: HLT 310V
August 5, 2012
Religion has a different meaning to different people and in order to medically heal a patient, the patient must be healed in body, mind and spirit. This paper explores healing the patient by providing spiritual support despite the religious needs of the patient. The religions of Buddhism, Jewish and Hinduism are explored while being compared and contrasted to Christianity in aspect of how medical staff can promote spiritual healing.
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This writer’s spiritual perspective on healing leads her to believe that having faith in a religion, no matter what type, promotes the components of spiritual and physical healing. Physicians and nurses are usually thought of as healing the physical body while the mind and spirit are believed to be healed by the divine intervention of God, angels or another higher believed power. Critical components of healing are often based on cultural, ethnical and religious affiliations which revert to prayer and meditation. Most of the patients that this writer cares for believe in the power of prayer. Prayer does not seem to heal cancer, heart disease or diabetes although prayer does offer a sense of calmness to the patient while providing an expression of hope. This writer believes that the critical components of healing should incorporate evidence based practice and a religious faith since prayer offers strength, motivation and inner healing. Patients have often asked this writer to participate in a moment of prayer; who is always willingly oblige since it is believed that prayer is related to healing since “prayer or other spiritual practices may help decrease a patient's anxiety and sense of isolation” (Stockstill, n.d.).
The religion of Buddhism believes that to achieve health one must understand the inner processes of life and how it is connected to other life through experiences, thoughts, and diet and daily interactions. Buddhists do not believe in God. It is believed that one controls their own health with their mind. Since it is believed that the mind causes sickness, in order to truly heal the mind and the body, negative thoughts need to be removed. “ Buddhism places strong emphasis on "mindfulness," so patients may request peace and quiet for the purpose of meditation, especially during crises”(Ehman, 2007). Family members may bring in statues of Buddha and incense and candles may be used while chanting prayers. When taking care of a Buddhist patient, the nurse needs to be aware that they are modest and may not to be taken care of a healthcare worker that is the opposite sex than they are, the diet may be vegetarian and medications that have effects that can alter the mind will not be taken as Buddhists rely on the clarity of their mind to concentrate on meditation so they can heal.
Prayer is an important part of the Jewish religion; prayer is sometimes said three times a day. “You may find that an observant Jewish patient frequently takes time to pray, or is joined by a group of at least nine others for prayer service” ("Ask the expert" n.d.) It is believed that prayer will provide release and relief from anxious thoughts that exacerbate both physical and psychic pain. Most Jewish holidays are celebrated from sun up to sun down therefore medical treatments such as surgeries will not be able to be done on Jewish holidays. The nurse needs to be mindful that a kosher diet may be...