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Expanding the Dialogue on Prayer Relevant to Holistic Care

DiJoseph, Josephine BS, RN; Cavendish, Roberta PhD, RN, CPN


Because prayer is the most frequently used spiritual practice, it is beneficial to address the relationship between prayer and spiritual care needs. Raising awareness among nurses of the meaning of prayer practices in healthcare settings may strengthen holistic care. This article presents a synthesis of nursing theory on prayer and spirituality for holistic care and attempts to expand an understanding of prayer practices related to traditions of increasingly diverse patients and caregivers. In addition, a 4-point guide for spiritual caregiving is presented to help nurses address human responses in the spiritual domain.

St. Vincent's Hospital (Ms DiJoseph) and College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (Dr Cavendish), Staten Island, NY.

Corresponding author: Roberta Cavendish, PhD, RN, CPN, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York, 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314 (e-mail:

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.