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Journal of Christian Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.CNJ.0000365989.87518.60
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When Nurses Grieve: Spirituality's Role in Coping

Shinbara, Christina G. PsyD; Olson, Lynn PhD, ABPP

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Abstract

This study explored spirituality as an aspect of support for nurses grieving the loss of patients. Previous research has sought to understand the grief support needs of nurses; spirituality is one support nurses describe. Fifty-eight nurses responded to questions related to spirituality from a Needs Assessment Questionnaire (NAQ) designed to study grief support for nurses. Nurses reported spirituality as important in their daily lives (75%) and in helping them cope with patient-related grief (70%), and cited spiritual-based resources as beneficial in coping. Spirituality can play an important role in coping with grief and should be included in nurses' support.

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