Medicine and prayer should form part of the treatment package for Baha’i followers. Christians believe that in as much as caregivers offer vital services, it is God who heals the sick. Christianity favors medicine and medical practice, faith and prayer during patient care. The paper will discuss the various beliefs in relation to healthcare from various spiritual perspectives. Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity The practice of healthcare at all levels allows nurses to meet and attend to patients from various religious backgrounds and some of them could be holding to beliefs that are different from those held by the nurse. The development of good rapport with the patients is critical for nurses as it allows them to secure maximum cooperation with them. This therefore requires that a nurse should be able to accept diversity of faith expressions among their patients. In this paper, I make analyses of the philosophy/spiritual perspective of care in three faiths namely Buddhism, Sikhism and Baha’i and compare them with the Christian perspective and my personal perspective. The spiritual perspective on health care in Buddhism, Sikhism and Baha’i The Buddhist approach to healing and health is in regard to its emphasis on spiritual practice, and patient care for Buddhist patients follows the same philosophy. Meditation, belief and spiritual practice are three critical healing components in Buddhism. One of the beliefs is that spiritual practice enables the individual to realize the opportunity for practice in times of adversity like sickness and how to use this opportunity to attain personal transformation and transcendence. This practice replaces the feelings of being a victim with feelings of being a victor. Buddhists also belief that a sick person cannot change their past but can control the future by acting with clarity and skill (Bhikshu, 2006). This requires that when caring for a Buddhist patient, the nurse should not tell them the meaning of their sickness but help them to focus on the body and mind. Bhikshu (2006) advices that caregivers should inspire them to perceive the world as being something that is interconnected. The patients should be encouraged to view other living things as sisters and brothers, and finally, to turn their thoughts toward nirvana. Nirvana is the end of suffering achieved by losing the desire to exist. When caring for a Buddhist patient, health care givers of differing beliefs should realize that the patient’s goal is to restore the body’s yin/yang equilibrium that was disturbed by illness. Because of this, they should inquire of the patient’s illness and healthcare plan before making a medical explanation. They should also realize that according to the patients, the goal for healthcare is not curing but the maintenance of mind and body peace that will ensure the process of rebirth after death. The nurse should therefore maintain a calm and peaceful atmosphere. This will also allow for adequate meditation and prayer whose goals are the transformation of consciousness. This means privacy and space are key to patient care in Buddhism. In addition, compassionate care described as loving-kindness should form the basis of provision of care. Buddhists believe love attends to the mind and kindness
Abstract Various religions hold various perspectives in relation to healthcare. Buddhism emphasizes spiritual practice, belief and meditation. Privacy, space, loving kindness are also part of the items that patients need from caregivers. Sikhism on the other hand places a lot of value in faith, respect for patient autonomy, the alleviation of suffering, and the preservation of life…
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