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Spirit-Guided Care: Christian Nursing for the Whole Person

Murphy, Lyn S.; Walker, Mark S.

Journal of Christian Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318294c289
Feature: CE Connection
Abstract

ABSTRACT: Healthcare today is challenged to provide care that goes beyond the medical model of meeting physical needs. Despite a strong historical foundation in spiritual whole person care, nurses struggle with holistic caring. We propose that for the Christian nurse, holistic nursing can be described as Spirit-guided care—removing oneself as the motivating force and allowing Christ, in the form of the Holy Spirit, to flow through and guide the nurse in care of patients and families.

In Brief

Despite a strong historical foundation in spiritual whole person care, nurses struggle with holistic caring. For the Christian nurse, holistic nursing can be described as Spirit-guided care – removing oneself as the motivating force and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide nursing practice.

Author Information

Lyn Stankiewicz Murphy, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, is an assistant professor and director of the Health Services, Leadership, and Management program, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), Baltimore, Maryland. Lyn attends Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland and is involved in European and local missions.

Mark Walker, MS, RN, CNL, works in the Surgical IMC Unit at University of Maryland Medical Center and teaches adult health clinical, nursing fundamentals, and health assessment labs for UMSON.

Accepted by peer review 2/25/13.

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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