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The Effect of Spiritual Retreat on Nurses' Spirituality: A Randomized Controlled Study

Bay, Paul S. DMin; Ivy, Steven S. PhD; Terry, Colin L. MS

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181dd47dd

This study tested whether two 1-day retreats focused on spiritual self-care would positively change nurse participants' spirituality. A total of 199 critical care nurses were accepted into this study; 87 were randomized to receive the retreat intervention. All 199 nurses were tested preretreat, 1 month and 6 months postretreat. Retreat participants demonstrated increased spirituality.

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education, Clarian Health, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Corresponding Author: Paul S. Bay, DMin, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education, Clarian Health, I-65, 21st St, PO Box 1367, Indianapolis, IN 46206 (

This study was funded by the generous support of the Values Fund for Religious and Spiritual Integration in Health Care of Clarian Health Partners, Inc, Indianapolis, Indiana. The authors are indebted to the shift coordinators, managers, and directors for scheduling nurses to be absent from patient care and attend retreats. This project was made possible by the dedicated work of research assistant Kenneth Pierce, MS.

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