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The Humbled Expert: An Exploration of Spiritual Care Expertise

Pittroff, Gail E.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318294e8d3
Feature: practice/research

ABSTRACT This interpretive phenomenological study explored how inpatient palliative care nurse consultants provide spiritual care and how they acquired these skills. Humbled experts describes the nurses' personhood and spiritual care practices, offering insight for skilled spiritual care in any setting.

This study explored how inpatient palliative care nurse consultants provide spiritual care and how they acquired these skills. Nurses in any setting can learn much about caring spiritually for patients and families.

Gail E. Pittroff, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Commissioned Lay Minister in the United Church of Christ. She has experience in ICU, maternal newborn, hospital administration, hospice, and inpatient palliative care.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer review 1/9/13

© 2013 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship