Nursing Discussion Questions
Read Colossians 1 in the Bible. Compare ways in which the concepts of “God,” Person,” Environment,” Health,” and “Nursing” would be defined according to Colossians 1.
In Colossians 1, the concept of God is defined as the center of everything and holds all things together. He has supremacy in everything and reconciles all things to himself (Shultz & Gary, 2010). Thus, in nursing care, God remains supreme over the person, the environment, health, and in nursing. The person is subject to God and created by God’s power according to his pleasure. Thus, the person has a responsibility to pleasing God. The environment represents the region created by God for the person to dwell and also enjoy being in His presence amidst the sufferings that arise from the environment.
Colossians 1 presents the concept of health as God’s way of demonstrating his supremacy over all creation including, the person. Health is a way of showing the connection between the person and God since it shows the functional efficiency of living organisms. For the person, he/ she can adapt and self-manage in the environment. However, they are prone to sufferings whose ultimate healer is God. As demonstrated in Colossians, nursing is a method used by God to allow the person bear the afflictions and undergo a process of transformation to a better person. The person takes up their cross similar to the pattern of Christ through suffering, but God provides them healing through the nursing process. The nursing period can be compared to the period of suffering where God intervenes and bears all the burdens of the person.
What tensions do you think you might experience arising from the differing worldviews of administrators, health care providers, and patients?
Worldviews are beliefs and assumptions that show how cultures interpret and explain their experiences (Tilburt, 2010). Administrators, health care providers, and patients have different worldviews that influence their approach to nursing and health care. There is a likelihood of tensions in the mode of care delivery due to the effects of the differing worldviews of administrators, care providers, and the patients. There would be conflicts involving health care employees working in the stressful and complex environment. Cultural diversity results to stressful work environments since the staff do not have a common approach to the issues that arise. The patients are not comfortable in sharing about their health conditions due to the differences in their practices.
The administrators are likely to have differences in their opinions. The differing worldviews affect the mode of decision-making for the administrators who have challenges in applying a common approach to certain issues. The well-being of the care providers and the patients would be affected. The provider’s job satisfaction would be hindered and the quality of patient care likely to be neglected. In most instances, the different world views result to the neglect of patient care by the providers since they do not agree with a common approach to address the patient needs. The beliefs of the patient also affect the mode of care delivery in which some are not willing to undergo the certain process as directed by the care provider.
The hospital managers ought to recognize the conflicts and be aware of the cultural differences to advise the care providers accordingly. It is important to address the negative conflicts as soon as they arise within the health care facility to ensure a well-coordinated patient care (Tilburt, 2010).
Colossians 1 as adopted from Christians Answers Network, Retrieved from http://christiananswers.net/bible/col1.html
Shultz Jr, Gary L. (2010) The reconciliation of all things in Christ. Bibliotheca Sacra 167 (668): 442-59.
Tilburt, J. C. (2010). The Role of Worldviews in Health Disparities Education: Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25 (Suppl 2), 178–181. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-009- 1229-9