I’m trying to learn for my Health & Medical class and I’m stuck. Can you help?
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When spiritual care is being performed different from my views, it is hard not to judge. There are many items in which will be different to my views. That is why we are human and all different. If we were all the same we would be boring. The hardest thing is judging the decision of the patient or family. For example, Jehovah witnesses do not receive a blood transfusion. If the patient really needs blood, it is their spiritual belief God will provide the path for them. I, as a nurse, need to treat the patient and one way of treating is through administering blood. But if the blood is refused, then I have to continue for the care for the patient with respect to their beliefs. I may be judgemental, which is probably my biggest weakness, I will have the best respect, I can, for the patient and the decision in which was made.
Who would have the final say in decision-making? The consumer/customer/patient will always have the final say in which is going to happen. For example, if I were the patient, the “buck” stops with me. The decision will be respected on what I make. Now, I have to remember, I need to respect the decision in which my parents make when it comes time even though we may not want to give up.