Prayer Circles and the Perception of Work Environment

Prayer Circles and the Perception of Work Environment

Identification: MSNJ1915
Issue: September-October 2019
Volume: Vol. 28/No. 5
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As nurses struggle to meet the needs of their patients in the current culture of health care, spiritual practices may assist with better coping (Bakibinga-Hege & Mittlemark, 2014). Results from this qualitative descriptive study indicate group prayer is helpful in many ways to participants, contributing to positive feelings, comradery, support, strength, and motivation.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this educational activity, the learner will be able to discuss how prayer may be a valuable tool for healthcare team members as part of self care.

Learning Engagement Activity:

This article identifies taht nurses need to nourish spiritual elements of the self to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue. Think about what you and your colleagues can do to promote self care.

Contact hours available until 10/31/2021.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
The author(s), editor, editorial board, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Information:
This session is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number CEP 5387.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michelle Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.


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Prayer Circles and the Perception of Work Environment

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Teresa Williams
11/3/19 6:26 pm

I am a very spiritual person. I often have trouble separating my work, conversations with co-workers and my patient's from the ideas and ethical way my faith encourages me to conduct myself. My faith guides how I care for my patients. I try to pray often before I start my shift. I know that it positively impacts the way I feel and changes the course of my shift and care of my patients. Glad to know that studies have been done on such a touchy subject for most workplaces.

Frank Haecker
11/26/19 4:26 am

This was very informative. I have to be careful to be supportive of faith practices without giving the impression that I am favoring one faith over another.

Coreyann Fluker
12/1/19 1:00 pm

This was a very good article. I encourage other people to read this. Patients are about healing, mind body and soul.

Michelle Rudolph
12/16/19 4:28 am

This was very interesting how it positively impacted the nurses shift.

Constance Barnes
1/21/20 3:01 am

Great article. I think many units could benefit from this practice. I know inclusivity is a big issue, but prayer can be non-denominational. Just the quietness of such a moment can prepare you to face the storm before you.

Angela Tawil
4/4/20 6:27 pm

The benefits to a team were important. The staff were left feeling calm and positive and ready to face the challenges of the day together. Employee engagement improves through prayer and increases people’s energy and enthusiasm to deal with their stressful jobs and cope effectively. Prayer often leaves people more open and relaxed mentally to resolve stress and improve critical thinking.

Kathy Gregg
5/16/20 12:51 pm

We actually have implemented this at our facility every morning and evening, and our COVID units get afternoon prayer as well. Two nurses did a study and it was published and the staff really likes being able to have prayer to set the mood for their day. Our chaplain is wonderful and will come and pray with you individually anytime you ask her too. I think this is a wonderful contribution to a busy facility that needs some calming words to start the day, whether it be day shift or night shift.

Anal Rathod
9/6/20 7:15 pm

Very interesting topic. Nurses play a crucial role in patients’ holistic health to improve spiritual well-being, and positive feeling.

Stephanie Brookey
9/25/20 1:41 pm

This is topic is near and dear to my heart since spirituality and prayer are such an important part of my life. I really enjoyed this publication and it reinforced the importance of spirituality as we care for the spirit, soul and body. This foundational paradigm is what drew me to the profession, which I consider a calling.

Brenda Williams
12/1/20 6:03 pm

Very well written and an important topic to learn more about.

Tayler Seals
6/5/21 4:45 pm

This seems inappropriate for a work setting. Spirituality is incredibly personal and while many will feel supported by the prayer - others will feel uncomfortable or ostracized for not participating if it is not part of their religious/cultural values. A more inclusive option would be a moment of reflection and have it be up to the participant if they wanted to use that time to pray or to center themselves in some other way privately.

Nadia Robinson
7/8/21 11:43 am

This was an interesting article. I believe that prayer helps many individuals to cope & deal with stress. It was nice to hear about the positive impact prayer had on the nurses in this study. It never really occurred to me to incorporate prayer as a group at my work. I will encourage my coworkers to read this article.

Eunice Sandoval
9/19/21 6:22 pm

I always pray with my parents before heading off to work. It calms me during my ride there and when I get there, I'm not so anxious. I would recommend having a small group prayer with my team members in the break room right before clocking in, I know some hospitals do it traditionally. I have also taken place of the chaplain when they were not going to make it into my hospice patient's room. The family was very grateful, and I was blessed with many other experiences like this.