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The text “Called to Care a Christian Worldview for Nursing”, discusses how, as nurses, we have arrived at the point we are at now in terms of modern philosophies. “The spirit of service and compassion that once motivated nurses has evolved into a professionalism that demands power, status and appropriate compensation” (Shelly & Miller, 2006, p. 16).  This topic is the most interesting to me due to the fact that over the six short years I have been a nurse I have seen the population of nursing change.  I have been involved in a peer interview group on my unit for the past five years and have recently moved into a management position wear I actually hire employees.  I remember in the beginning of my experiences of interviewing new nurses, most had a story behind the interview question, “Why did you become a nurse?” I remember one new graduate nurse explaining that her mother and grandmother were both nurses and she aspired to be like them, caring, respected, smart, and making a difference with their work.  Another nurse explained that her husband had died of alcoholism and she watched as his nurses judged him and did not treat him with respect.  It was her goal to do better as a nurse and provide her patients with respect and the care they deserved no matter what their background.  Most recently I have seen a change in the reasons why nurses are choosing the profession.  The last interviewee discussed how the hours were great; “3 12s” and it works out great for her family life.  I have noticed an increase in the theme of the convenience nursing allows for people and less of the compassion or calling. 

The analysis of disease and healing presents interesting insight into the role of healthcare providers and spirituality. “They stand beside us, but they have not voluntarily shared our fate” (Meilaender, 2013, p. 9). The text describes the contradictory relationship between God working through doctors to treat disease and treating the disease may enable a false hope of invulnerability, therefore creating the inability to comprehend suffering.  I understand the reading to mean that there must be a balance between God (Health) and healthcare (health).  I agree with this inference for the fact that I believe that one’s mind, or relationship with God, must be as strong as the belief in the doctors to provide relief.  If one’s mind is not in the right place, the therapies will not assist in healing. “Spirituality enables the direct experience of connection between the individual and God, and can exist with or without an intermediary such as a religious institution” (Grossman, 2013, p. 1150).


Grossman, T. (2013, October 15, 2013). The God Within and the God Without.. Substance Use & Misuse, 48(12), 1150-1158. Retrieved from