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Spirituality: A Dimension of Holistic Critical Care Nursing

Carpenter, Kara; Girvin, Lindsey; Kitner, Whitney; Ruth-Sahd, Lisa A. DEd, RN, CEN, CCRN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: January/February 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - pp 16-20
doi: 10.1097/01.DCC.0000304668.99121.b2
Leadership DIMENSION

Although many patients face significant physical needs, their mind and spirit may be ill as well. Three facets make up an individual: physical, mental, and spiritual. To provide optimal holistic care, the critical care nurse must take into consideration each of these three aspects. But most importantly, the critical care nurse must recognize that spiritual care begins with oneself. Spirituality is one such area of patient care that, when addressed, can reap positive benefits for both the client and the healthcare provider. This article explores all aspects of spirituality for the critical care nurse.

Spirituality is one area of patient care that, when addressed, can reap positive benefits for both client and healthcare provider. This article explores all aspects of spirituality for the critical care nurse.

Kara Carpenter, is a Junior Nursing student at York College of Pennsylvania.

Lindsey Girvin, is a Junior Nursing student at York College of Pennsylvania.

Whitney Kitner, is a Junior Nursing student at York College of Pennsylvania.

Lisa A. Ruth-Sahd, DEd, RN, CEN, CCRN, is an associate professor of nursing at York College of Pennsylvania. She serves as a consultant with Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. She has been a nursing educator for 24 years. Her specialty areas include critical care and trauma, ways of knowing in nursing, and spirituality. She obtained her doctoral degree in education from Pennsylvania State University.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Lisa A. Ruth-Sahd, DEd, RN, CEN, CCRN, York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA 17405-7199 (LSAHD961@earthling.net).

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