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Semin Oncol Nurs. 1997 Nov;13(4):271-4.

Spiritual care: the needs of the caregiver.

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Staff Builders Home Health and Hospice, Lake Success, NY, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To explore the spiritual needs of the family caregiver and to provide suggestions for giving spiritual care to this caregiver.

DATA SOURCES:

A caregiver's personal experience and nursing texts.

CONCLUSION:

Providing care for a loved one with cancer can be stressful for the family caregiver; yet, it can also produce spiritual growth. By providing care for the caregiver, the oncology nurse is equipping this caregiver to address the spiritual needs of the patient.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Nurses can assist caregivers by offering actions that communicate love, support, acceptance, and faithfulness. Such measures can ease the pain and encourage spiritual wellness.

PMID:
9392036
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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