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Spiritual Care in Promoting Health
A review of the literature on the provision of spiritual care by nurses.
# 153467 | 1,346 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper examines several studies on on the lack of formal nurses' training in spiritual care and the infrequency of the provision of spiritual and religious resources. The paper identifies five themes of spiritual care, five barriers to spiritual care, the need for spiritual care provision for pediatric cancer patients and their families, and implications of spiritual care for nurses' professional responsibility. The paper highlights how all articles in this paper point to the importance of spiritual care in promoting health and the fact that spiritual care needs to be recognized and provided proficiently by nurses as a responsibility and not just as an option.

Literature Review and Analysis
Summary and Overall Comment

From the Paper:

"A descriptive co-relational assessment on the spiritual care provided by 425 acute care nurse respondents revealed the barriers to providing the care and their attitudes towards it (Vance, 2001). The respondents worked at the divisions of critical care, medical/surgical, women's health and behavioral health nursing at a community teaching hospital at a large Midwestern city. Current literature lists 3 elements as defining the concept of spirituality. These are an inter-connectedness with God or a god being; the purpose and meaning of life; and the ability to transcend the self. Most of the surveyed nurses see themselves as highly spiritual persons. Yet only a fourth of them provide adequate spiritual care to patients (Vance).
"Barriers are time, the lack of education, lack of confidence, differences in faith between nurse and patient, and the confusion between pontificating and spiritual care (Vance, 2001). Health care funding cutbacks and shortened length of hospital stays compel nurse to do more with fewer resources. The situation makes spiritual care a low priority or a luxury to a hospitalized patient. As to the lack of education, 65% of the respondents feel they have not received adequate education or training for the requirement. The last three barriers may be eliminated by providing appropriate education to the nurse (Vance)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chan, M F. (2009). Factors affecting nursing staff in practicing spiritual care. Vol 19 Journal of Clinical Nursing: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Deal, B. (2010). A pilot study of nurses' experience of giving spiritual care. Vol 15 # 4The Qualitative Report: Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved on May 18, 2011 from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR15-4/deal.pdf
  • Goliath (2008). Caring as an imperative for nursing education. Nursing Perspectives.Retrieved on May 18, 2011 from http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-3015018/Caring-as-an-imperative-for.html
  • Independent (2011). Nurses have role in patients' spiritual care. Independent .ie. Retrieved on May 18, 2011 from http://www.independent.ie/health/latest-news/nurses-hve-role-in-patients-spiritual-care-2578285.html
  • Nascimento, C. (2008). Spiritual care: an essential component of the nurse practice in pediatric oncology. 23 (3) ACTA Paul Enferm. Retrieved on May 18, 2010 fromhttp://www.scielo.br/pdf/ape/v23n3/en_v23n3a21.pdf

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