Nursing and Spiritual Care Term Paper by Nicky

A look at spiritual care, from a Christian perspective, in professional nursing.
# 145987 | 1,537 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 12, 2010 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper examines the importance and effects of spiritual care of the Christian Faith in professional nursing. It conducts this study through a review of literature within the last five years, which further measures the competence of the nursing in the provision of this support. According to the paper, it is important that the provision of spiritual care be sensitive and appropriate in view of the patient's cultural heritage. The paper also explores the nurse-patient covenant, which is characterized by trust that enables the nurse to assess the spirituality of the patient and make provisions for the patients needs while under the care of the nurse. Charts and graphs are used to illustrate the concepts presented in the paper, such as the core domains of spiritual care and tools for measuring effective spiritual care education. Specific assessment tools are cited that help the nurse determine how best to help the patient with spiritual support, with particular focus on the Spiritual Care Competence Scale (SCCS). The paper concludes that the study shows that nursing spiritual care was especially helpful to the chronically ill and those in palliative care.


Bringing God Nearer
Connection between Spirituality and Health
Spiritual Care Competence Scale (SCCS)
Nurse-Patient Covenant
Spirituality Screening of Patients
Summary & Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The literature reviewed in this study has highlighted the importance of spiritual care and most specifically spiritual care of the Christian Faith in the nursing profession. Spiritual care involves screening patients in regards to their spiritual beliefs and in relation to the spiritual needs of patients while in the hospital or other care setting. The provision of spiritual care has been noted to be the most important in the acute, critical or long-term care setting as well as for patients in palliative care. Finally, this study has noted specific assessment tools that have been developed for assessing the competence of the nurse in providing spiritual care to patients."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mauk, Kristen L., and Schmidt, Nola A. (2004) Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004.
  • Van Dover, Leslie and Pfeiffer, Jane Bacon (2006) Spiritual Care in Christian Parish Nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing Vol. 57, Issue 2. 6 Dec 2006. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Sanders, Carrie (2009) Challenges for Spiritual Care-Giving in the Millennium. Contemporary Nurse. eContent Management Pty Ltd. Queensland, Australia.
  • Leeuwen, RV, Tiesinga, LJ, Jochemsen, H. and Post, D. (2008) Learning effects of thematic peer-review: A qualitative analysis of reflective journals on spiritual care. Nurse Educ Today. 2008 Nov 20.
  • Conner, Norma E. and Eller, Lucille Sanzero (2004) Spiritual Perspectives, Needs and Nursing Interventions of Christian African-Americans. Journal of Advanced Nursing Vol. 36, Issue 6. 19 May 2004.

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