Spirituality and Spiritual Care
Creator:   Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner
Created:   4/8/2010
Contains:  50 items
Care of the spirit, a hallmark of good nursing, is a high priority for Christian nurses. What is known about spirituality and spiritual care? How do we go about offering spiritual care? Learn what researchers, patients, and other experts say makes for good spiritual care. Don't miss the regular JCN column, "FAQs in Spiritual Care" offering practical tips, answers, and insights.

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Spirituality As a Coping Mechanism for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease

Reynolds, Diane

Journal of Christian Nursing . 34(3):190-194, July/September 2017.

ABSTRACT: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that can render individuals totally disabled. Spiritual practices can help mitigate stress and provide a source of strength in PD. This article demonstrates a gap that exists between PD and spiritual coping specific research; discusses existing spiritual coping research in chronic illness; and explores the use of spirituality in managing PD care. Healthcare providers need to provide holistic care and explore mechanisms to assist individuals to manage the demands of living with PD.

The Experience of Intense Pain: Nursing Management and Interventions

Kiser-Larson, Norma

Journal of Christian Nursing . 34(2):88-96, April/June 2017.

This article offers an autobiographical narrative of complication after surgery. Diagnosis and management of acute compartment syndrome, pain, and nursing interventions for pain, the use of prayer in illness and compassionate caring from a Christian perspective are discussed.

Promoting Compliance When Faith Gets in the Way

Haynes, Barbara Lodge

Journal of Christian Nursing . 34(2):112-119, April/June 2017.

Sixty-six percent of U.S. Christians report they believe God can heal supernaturally, 68% have prayed for someone to be healed supernaturally by God, and 27% state they have experienced a miraculous physical healing. Christians who hold such beliefs may struggle with seeking and adhering to a prescribed healthcare regimen, as well as experience shame. A health education seminar assisting congregants to view healthcare as compatible with faith was implemented and evaluated in a Christian faith community.

Demystifying Nursing Theory: A Christian Nursing Perspective

Schaffer, Marjorie A.; Sandau, Kristin; Missal, Bernita

Journal of Christian Nursing . 34(2):102-107, April/June 2017.

This article briefly explains nursing theory, provides examples for applying theory to nursing practice, and proposes questions for examining the consistency of nursing theories with Christian perspectives.

Perceptions of Spirituality and Spiritual Care in Religious Nurses

Sanders, Lynne; Kopis, Sharon; Moen, Carolyn; More

Journal of Christian Nursing . 33(4):214-219, October/December 2016.

Researchers explored religious nurses’ perceptions of spiritual care, barriers, and the adequacy of their spiritual care education. The results provide evidence for better spiritual care training.

Meeting Spiritual Needs: A Study Using the Spiritual Care Competence Scale

Hellman, Ann N.; Williams, Wesley E. Jr.; Hurley, Shelia

Journal of Christian Nursing . 32(4):236-241, October/December 2015.

A study was conducted to explore whether nurses possessed the knowledge to assess patients' spirituality and design and implement a plan of spiritual care.

Spirit-Guided Care: Christian Nursing for the Whole Person

Murphy, Lyn S.; Walker, Mark S.

Journal of Christian Nursing . 30(3):144-152, July/September 2013.

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.

Spiritual Care: Evangelism at the Bedside?

Taylor, Elizabeth Johnston

Journal of Christian Nursing . 28(4):194-202, October/December 2011.

Recent news stories about Christian nurses sharing beliefs with patients raise questions about ethical spiritual care and sharing one's faith at the bedside. Explore the ethics of faith sharing and find guidance for meaningful spiritual care.

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