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Question:

Your patient has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, as a nursing assistant who has just found out that, what would the most appropriate action be when it comes to religion and spirituality?

A Offer to contact your patient’s spiritual leader should they desire it.
Explaination

The most appropriate action for you to take is letting your resident understand that you can contact a spiritual leader.  Avoiding the problem doesn’t aid your resident in any way. Should your resident wish to talk about their diagnosis, you should create an opportunity and comfortable environment to do so.  Although you may have good intentions by sharing your own beliefs and prayers, this is not really helpful and does not put your resident’s needs first.