According to Webster dictionary, faith and leadership are defined as a firm trust or belief in someone or something and the ability to lead respectively. Religion comes to play in every aspect of our being. From how we wake up in the morning, walk and go about our normal activities. The simplest definition of nursing is taking care of the sick, injured or the elderly. Faith is paramount when it comes to healing, whether emotional or physical. In the nursing practice, methods of integrating faith include; teaching as a subject and learning by example. It is important that Faith is integrated into the practice (Amertil, 1999).
Being taught faith as a short course in nursing can help nurses develop inspired values of love, kindness and caring, not from the word point of view but God’s. Hebrews 6:10-12 says, God is not unjust. He won’t forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for others (The Bible, 1982). When nurses serve with God’s kind of love, they give hope to the sick and the injured, and this emotionally helps them like the placebo effect, and they are healed because of the faith they have.
Teaching religion in colleges alone won’t do the trick. Christian leadership comes to play at this point. Nurses can look up to their managing leader as their role model in the faith, and this gives them the focus to serve with thoughtful discernment. This also improves the relationships in the workplace because there is so much presence of God when people respect one another’s religion in kindness and love (Amertil, 1999).Different religions can have their various leaders as long as God, in every religion, is portrayed in the workplace and the caring of the unfortunate (Wood).We are not to judge others. Proverbs 3:3 says do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart (The Bible, 1982)
Leaders who put God first before anything are important because they emphasize the basics of Christianity that God is the all mighty healer of the weak, sick, and injured. He can lead his people in prayer before and after work. In doing this, he keeps the nurses motivated that whatever the situation, God is always in control. This is then passed down to the unfortunate through the nurses by their loving and gentle care. They may also, during their free time, share the word of God with the patients to give them hope of not giving up (Wood). Hebrews 13:2 says do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. All things will always work for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose, Romans 8:28 (The Bible, 1982).
Religion plays a significant role in the personal recovery. According to Teresa wood’s book, the relationship between faith and healing is embodies in the holistic care. There are many different methods of integrating faith in the practice, and though people don’t agree as much, religion is important in the practice.It promotes good morals in the workplace including respect, love, kindness humility among others. Various researches have shown that just like the placebo effect, the belief that patients have in the hope given by their faith is what heals them. This is also accomplished by the loving care provided by the Nurses. Integration of Faith in nursing should be adopted globally.
Amertil, N. P. (1999, July 2). Institute for Christian Teaching. Retrieved from Nurturing Faith in College Nursing students: http://ict.aiias.edu/vol_24/24cc_001-020.htm
The Bible. ( 1982). Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Wood, T. (n.d.). Faith Integration in Nursing.