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Br J Nurs. 2009 Jul 23-Aug 12;18(14):886-90.

An investigation into the role of spirituality in nursing.

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University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff.

Abstract

This article examines spirituality in nursing in terms of a critical literature review. The literature suggests that there is an increasing demand for holistic care within the NHS. Holistic care is based on the idea that there should be a balance between body, mind and spirit, however, clinical experience suggests that the spiritual dimension of nursing is rarely considered as there is a focus on what is perceived as scientific professionalism. The aim of this article is to explore the nature of spiritual care, discuss whether there is a need for it in nursing and explore ways in which nurses can provide it. This article is based on a critical review of the literature and empirical data on spirituality in nursing and identifies contrasting opinions around the definition of spiritual nursing care. Nurses can provide spiritual care by being conscious of their own spirituality as well as that of patients.

PMID:
19633601
DOI:
10.12968/bjon.2009.18.14.43358
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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