A major in Catholic Studies enhances my nursing major and professional career in so many ways. The Catholic Studies major provides me with the well-rounded education necessary in today's healthcare system. As a society, we have become more global, and this has trickled down into healthcare. Nurses today must not only learn how to care for patients of their own culture, but they must also know how to care for patients from different cultures. While people may be
anatomically similar, the body is not the only thing nurses should be
treating. A specialty in the field of nursing is the practice of
holistic care, which is the treatment of a patient as a whole person.
Nursing care is built on the goals of health promotion and illness
prevention; successful treatment is characterized by the fulfillment of
these goals. However, simply advocating for a healthy lifestyle and the absence of illness is not enough. Patients deserve much more, and that
is where holistic nursing comes into play. Holistic nursing treats the
patient as a whole person comprised of the interconnectedness between
mind, body and spirit. While traditional nursing care is effective in
treating a patient's physiological needs, holistic care addresses a
patient’s psychological and spiritual needs as well. Just as holistic
care complements traditional nursing care, a Catholic Studies major
enhances, enriches and broadens my nursing major.
The integration of faith and reason in Catholic Studies is applicable in every aspect of life. As a nurse, it would enable me to become a better practitioner of holistic care. Nurses are leaders at the top of their field; they have an extensive background in the sciences and are experts in the clinical setting. However, with the emphasis on
prerequisite coursework in the sciences and the clinical application of
nursing practice, I felt it was important to also leave enough room in
my studies for the valuable education Catholic Studies provides. Nurses
have to bear in mind that despite their strong educational background,
they are still working with people. They must eliminate medical jargon
when speaking to a patient, especially one of a different culture or
educational background in order to ensure patient understanding and
provide the best possible care. A background in Catholic Studies
complements the nursing major by enabling nurses to better interact with
others. It provides an opportunity to study how Catholics have
interacted with the world and how they have shaped culture and society.
Nurses can become culturally competent and learn to better communicate
with patients, improve relationships with co-workers, and expand their
understanding of the worldview with those having differing experiences.
Contact Dr. Ines Angeli Murzaku, Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies and Professor of Religion, for how you could be become a double major in Catholic Studies like Jordan and join our Catholic Studies community. Ines.firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
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