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.
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Prayer Circles and the Perception of Work Environment
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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.
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.
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.
12/16/19 4:28 am
This was very interesting how it positively impacted the nurses shift.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.