Multi-faith Clergy Discusses Spiritual Care With New Nurses in Nevada

Washington D.C., December 19, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Religious leaders belonging to diverse traditions participated in a “Spiritual Care Panel” discussion with a group of new registered nurses in Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno (Nevada, USA) on December 18.

This panel discussion was held under “Transition to Practice Program” for recent registered nurse graduates. This year long program offers support and education to new nurses, according to educator Alana Beilstein.

Participants included First Congregational Church of Reno Pastor Richard L. Smith, Northern Nevada Muslim Community President Sherif A. Elfass, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Matthew Fisher of Reno Buddhist Center, Temple Sinai Rabbi Ethan Bair, Roman Catholic Deacon Gil Coleman, Patricia Meidell of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Saint Mary’s Director of Spiritual Care Marie Luback-Neves and Saint Mary’s Chaplain William R. Greaver III.

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Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, and who explained Hindu tenets relating to patient care in the panel, says that it is very important that upcoming nurses know the basics of various religions/denominations so that they can better address the spiritual needs of patients resulting in an improved experience of their stay. All hospitals of the nation should train their nurses in the basics of major religions/denominations as meeting the spiritual needs of patients is very important, especially during hospitalization, Zed adds.