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Faith and spirituality: how to remain professional

Some patients value the opportunity to discuss their faith. For others, any mention of spirituality is an unwarranted intrusion.
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Some patients value the opportunity to discuss their faith. For others, any mention of spirituality is an unwarranted intrusion

When facing ill-health, it is common for people to take strength from their religious or spiritual beliefs, or to question their faith.

Spirituality can boost patients’ well-being, but you have a duty to remain professional and respect nurse-patient boundaries. The NMC code is clear in its guidance: you must not express your personal beliefs inappropriately or impose them on anyone in your care.

Follow the patient’s lead

Despite the prime minister recently stating that ‘Christians should not be afraid of speaking freely about their faith at work’, this freedom is not appropriate in a healthcare

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