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Jehovah's Witnesses: Birth, Diet, and Death

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Quantaysha LaPierrre

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Transcript of Jehovah's Witnesses: Birth, Diet, and Death

Jehovah's Witnesses: Birth, Diet, and Death
1. To learn about the Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs on birth.
2. To learn about the dietary habits of Jehovah's Witnesses.
3. To learn about the death rituals of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Beliefs cont.
Salvation - only 144,000 people will go to heaven, the rest will live forever on a restored earth

Contributions - no collections are taken up at services at Kingdom Halls; all giving is voluntary
Nationalism -

Holidays - do not celebrate pagan holidays such as: Easter, Christmas, birthdays, Thanksgiving, or any other holidays

Nationalism - not allowed to salute the flag of any nation, recite the pledge of allegiance, stand for or sing the national anthem, run for public office, vote, or serve in the armed forces

Marking - if a member is guilty of breaking a minor rule they could be marked; other Witnesses may only speak to them at the Kingdom Hall
Birth Beliefs
1. Life begins at conception for Witnesses.
2. Abortion is not permitted even if the life of the mother is in danger or birth defects seem likely.
3. Those who seek voluntary sterilization, not including when a wife's life may be endangered by pregnancy, may be denied privileges in Witness congregation.
4. Women are allowed to give birth at home, breast-feed and use contraceptives.
5. Avoid surrogate motherhood as well as any procedures that involve the use of donated sperm, eggs, or embryos.
Death Rituals
- they believe the soul waits (in an unconscious state) for resurrection to life

- avoid customs such as wakes, funeral celebrations and anniversaries, and sacrifices for the death

- the funeral service is similar to other Christiam faiths

- lasts only 15 to 30 minutes, typically takes place about a week after death

- funeral takes place in a funeral home or the Kingdom Hall

- open casket is optional

Defintion of Jehovah's Witness
A Christian sect, which was founded in the U.S. in the late 19th century, that believes in the imminent destruction of the world's wickedness and the establishment of a theocracy under God's rule.
Baptism - baptism by total immersion is a symbol of dedicating one's life to God

Bible - the Bible is God's Word and is truth, more reliable than tradition; use the New World Translation of the Scriptures

Communion - observe the "Lord's Evening Meal" as a memorial to Jehovah's love and to Christ's redemptive sacrifice

Equality - all Witnesses are ministers; no special clergy class; they do not discriminate on race

Heaven/Hell - Heaven is an other worldly kingdom, which is the dwelling place of Jehovah; Hell is mankind's common grave, not a place of torment
- Avoid eating the flesh of animals that have not been properly bled because they believe it is wrong to eat blood
Medical Ethics
Refuse blood transfusions, including those in which they have their own blood stored to be used later in a medical procedure, the use of packed RBCs, WBCs, plasma or platelets.

Accepting a blood transfusion willingly and without regret is seen as sin.

Many carry an advanced directive card which states that they refuse blood and release doctors from liability.
NCLEX Questions
A nurse is preparing a plan of care for a client who is a Jehovah's Witness. The client has been told that the surgery is necessary. The nurse considers the client's religious preferences in developing the plan of care and documents that (select all that apply) :

a) blood transfusions are accepted if it is their own blood previously stored
b) they can refuse the surgery even if it is life-threatening
c) medication administration is accepted in their practice
d) the administration of blood and blood products is forbidden
e) faith healing is how they want to be healed
You have a patient who is a Jehovah's Witness. You know that their birthday is coming up, and you want to get them a gift. You know that this is against their religious beliefs because (select all that apply) :

a) they do not acknowledge the fact that they are getting older
b) they do not celebrate pagan holidays
c) they do not celebrate their birthday
d) they do not celebrate anniversaries
e) they are not comfortable with you as their nurse
You work in a clinic. A female client comes in who states that she is a Jehovah's Witness. Based off of her statement you know that (select all that apply):

a) she does not believe in abortions
b) she may ask for some form of birth control
c) she wants to get her tubes tied
d) if she was pregnant and her life was in danger she wouldn't be able to terminate the pregnancy
You have patient who is a Jehovah's Witness. They inform you that their significant other just passed away, and they have to plan the funeral. Based on your knowledge of the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses you know that (select all that apply):

a) the significant other will be buried in a week
b) the service will last 15 to 30 minutes
c) after the funeral they will have a celebration
d) the casket can either be open or closed
e) they will have a wake before the funeral




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