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Understanding Spiritual Care: The Faith-Hope-Love Model of Spiritual Wellness

Christman, Sharon K.; Mueller, Julia R.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000350
JCN Online Extra: online only: practice

ABSTRACT: Spiritual care has been associated with positive patient outcomes. Although nurses want to provide spiritual care, many have difficulty conceptualizing spiritual care outside of religion and religious activities. The Faith-Hope-Love Model of Spiritual Wellness, a theoretical model of spirituality and spiritual well-being, grounded in Christian theology and biblical text, can help nurses provide spiritual support to patients and families from multiple faith traditions or those without a faith background. Spirituality concepts are discussed, and description of how spirituality is related to finding meaning and purpose in life along with a summary of the spiritual needs identified from healthcare literature and the Bible, are provided.

Sharon K. Christman, PhD, RN, FAHA, is professor of nursing and director of research at Cedarville University School of Nursing, Cedarville, Ohio. She also is a faith community nurse and director of the Community Health Evangelism Network with the Passion Center for Children/Zomba, Malawi since 2010.

Julia R. Mueller, FNP-C, attended Cedarville University, receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has adult cardiothoracic intensive care expertise. currently works in a cardiology practice as a nurse practitioner, and is a biblical counselor.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Accepted by peer-review 9/10/2015.

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