I'm a student nurse, who is currently having clinical experience in a psychiatric unit in a hospital. I thought psych nursing was something that I would love, but I'm really having a hard time figuring out the lines with mental illness and religious belief. There was a schizophrenic patient,
recovering from an episode of psychosis, who stated that “God talked to him
every night.” To me, that’s a red flag, but when I reported it to the nurses
and therapists on the unit, they just stated that the patient was “spiritually
So, I’m confused. I'd like to ask other people in the
medical field their feelings about the line between religion and delusion, and maybe
some insight on how to appropriately deal with it.