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Case Study: Too Late for Salvation?

Mills, Deborah Stephens; Flynn, Kathleen T.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182785ef6
Feature: case study

ABSTRACT Nurses frequently care for dying patients and their families. For Christian nurses, the issue of dying patients' relationship with God has been a long standing concern. This case study, first published in 1985, relays this struggle. The responses of spiritual care experts and nurses promote offering individualized spiritual care based on patient needs, not prescribed religious formulas.

Dying patients' relationship with God has been a long standing concern of Christian nurses. This case study, first published in 1985, explores a nurse's true experience of caring for a young man dying from leukemia. Other nurses and a theologian offer insight about appropriate spiritual care.

At the time this article originally appeared in JCN, Deborah Stephens Mills, MN, RN was an assistant professor at Yale University School of Nursing and clinical specialist in cancer nursing at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut.

Kathleen T. Flynn, MS, RN assisted in the preparation of this case study and response. She was an associate professor at Yale University School of Nursing and a clinical specialist in surgical nursing at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Case Study

Reprinted from JCN, Volume 2, Number 1, Winter 1985, pp. 16-21.

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