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Spirituality, Stress, and Retention of Nurses in Critical Care

Campbell, Duane NBCC, MA, PC

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: March/April 2013 - Volume 32 - Issue 2 - p 78–83
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e31828083a4
Leadership DIMENSION

Providing care to patients in critical care units generates stress. Helping the critical care nurse manage this stress can lead to better patient experiences and higher nursing retention. While providing holistic care to patients produces better outcomes, addressing the holistic needs of the caregiver must also be considered. Included in the holistic needs of the nurse is their spiritual well-being. A study that measures spiritual well-being, stress, and nursing retention is the focus of this review.

This article, written by a chaplain, discusses the holistic needs of critical care nurses, including spiritual well-being. The needs of the critical care nurses must also be addressed in order to counteract many of the stressors involved in caring for critically ill patients.

Duane Campbell, NBCC, MA, PC, has been working for 6 years as a critical care chaplain at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a licensed professional counselor and is a graduate of Miami University and Xavier University. He is an ordained minister and has been working with people for more than 20 years in incorporating their spirituality in everyday living.

The author has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Duane Campbell, NBCC, MA, PC, 78 Landis Circle, Hamilton, OH 45013 (

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