Health Care provider and Faith Diversity
The interview was done to a young Christian man who was 26 years of age. It took place in a hospital. The patient was very welcoming after I had introduced myself and during the period of the interview, he never showed any indications of aggressiveness. He was responding to answers in a cordial manner and even though he talked slowly, he was cooperative and relaxed in a good manner. In future, I would conduct the interview in a more private place to make the respondent more free and relaxed. I would also carry something to motivate the respondent and feel that he is loved and cared for.
I encountered some few challenges while conducting the interviews like poor timing and discomfort in certain questions asked. I arrived at the hospital some minutes before the visitors’ hours ended. I hurried my interview, and therefore I never had enough time to ask all the questions I had for the patient. I also realized some discomfort from the patient, particularly with direct questions regarding spirituality. He hesitated before giving the answers. During the interview, I realized that I did not frame some questions in the right manner to make the patient free while answering, without making him feel cornered or judged. In the future when going to for an assessment, I will plan in accordance to time so that I can get enough time with the patient for assessment. I would also learn on ways of asking questions without causing discomfort to the respondent. This would entail asking indirect spiritual questions about spirituality (Galek et al., 2014).
From the interview with the patient, we both had an experience that prayers are always answered. From the question that I asked him if he believed in prayers, the answer he gave me made us both believe strongly that prayers are always answered. I believe that God usually answers prayers and meeting a patient who believes so made my work easier. I came to realize that he had faith in prayers very much, an attribute that was moving since many people believe in the power of prayers. The awareness I have that prayers are answered made me give the patient more strength that he would recover in no time and God would answer his prayers. The answers that I got from the patient made me see that truly, there are many believers, and being spiritually strong is the only way to manage and overcome challenges in life. God is powerful and everything is possible in His presence. The tool made me make the patient spiritually stronger than he was. It would have been difficult to encourage the patient if I would not be a believer who had awareness that prayers are usually answered no matter how long it takes.
amplified the spiritual concerns of the patient interviewed. During the period
he was sick, he realized that he needed to get closer to God and be spiritually
strong. His spiritual goal is to go to heaven and that is only possible if he
is spiritually strong and serves the Lord. The stress and illness that the
patient had made him realize that he was not spiritually strong and was in need
of change so that he could get into heaven.
Galek, K., Flannelly, K. J., Vane, A., & Galek, R. M. (2005). Assessing a patient’s spiritual needs: a comprehensive instrument. Holistic Nursing Practice, 19(2), 62-69.