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Reflections on Spiritual Care: Methods, Barriers, Recommendations

Bowers, Heather; Rieg, Linda S.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000017
Feature: practice

ABSTRACT: Spiritual care is recognized as an essential component of patient care. However, questions remain about what it means to incorporate spiritual care into nursing practice. Reflections of Christian nurses about their experiences and perspectives on spiritual care validate previous research and create recommendations for improving spiritual care.

Spiritual care is an important nursing skill. These reflections of Christian nurses validate prior research and reveal ways to improve spiritual caregiving.

Heather Bowers, MSN, RN, is a pediatric nursing instructor at a small college in northern Indiana. She is an active member of her church in Gary, Indiana, where she participates in several ministries.

Linda S. Rieg, PhD, RN, CNE, has 40 years of experience in a variety of nursing settings. The past 15 years she has taught nursing in associate through graduate programs and is currently a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University. Linda teaches and writes regarding spiritual care.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 8/19/2013.

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