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When Suffering Takes a Toll

Peterson, Elizabeth

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31822b6f5e

Observing and trying to cope with suffering is an integral part of nursing practice. Yet, there are times when this can take a toll on nurses, even leading to struggles with faith as nurses try to understand how a God who is good and all powerful can allow people to suffer. This article looks at a biblical understanding of suffering and discusses ways nurses can cope with caring for suffering people.

Dealing with suffering may be one of the greatest challenges of nursing practice.

Elizabeth Peterson, DMin, RN, is Professor and Department Chair of Nursing, at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Nursing Care of the Elderly, Foundations of Health Ministry, and Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education.

We may silently struggle with questions about who God is and how he can be trusted when painful things happen.

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