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Are Parish Nurses Prepared to Incorporate the Spiritual Dimension Into Practice?

Newbanks, Shirlene; Rieg, Linda S.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182203ef1
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Abstract: This qualitative study assessed if parish nurses (PNs) perceive the basic preparation course they attended prepared them to incorporate the spiritual dimension into their practice. It was unclear if the course was a major variable or if previous spiritual training and experience are the critical dimensions related to whether or not PNs feel prepared to incorporate the spiritual dimension into their practice.

These researchers asked if parish nurse (PN) basic preparation courses prepare PNs to offer spiritual care. Participants said yes and no, offering suggestions for improving basic prep courses.

Shirlene Newbanks, MSN, RN, is Coordinator for the Post-Licensure Onsite Programs at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana.

Linda S. Rieg, PhD, RN, CNE, is a Professor of Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana. She has 40 years experience in various nursing settings, educational settings, and has published on spiritual care.

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