(d) You may have to help arrange for a place in the hospital to have a
male child circumcised.
(e) Arrange for a Rabbi to visit the patient on Saturdays or special
b. The Protestant Faith.
(a) There are many denominations in the Protestant faith. Most
denominations recognize two sacraments: Baptism and Communion.
(b) A person may be baptized by a layperson, such as a nurse, in an
(c) Christmas and Easter are the most important Christian holidays for
Protestants, as for other Christians.
(a) Ask the patient if he/she would like a visit from a Minister or other
member of the church.
(b) In the event of an emergency in which an infant or adult may
become critical and/or die, the nurse may baptize the patient, if asked, or may do it if
he/she (the nurse) thinks it may be comforting to the patient and/or family.
(c) Inquire about any specific dietary or religious practices and provide
this information to the appropriate person.
c. The Roman Catholic Faith.
(a) The Roman Catholic Church considers Baptism, Confession, Holy
Communion, and the Sacrament of the Sick as basic sacraments of the Church.
(b) During a long illness, a Catholic patient usually wants a priest to
hear confession and to give communion. At such times, the nurse should provide as
much privacy as possible.