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Nurse Responses to Patient Expressions of Spiritual Distress

Taylor, Elizabeth Johnston PhD, RN; Mamier, Iris PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e318294e50a

This secondary analysis of data from 200 practicing registered nurses' and student nurses' responses to 3 vignettes depicting patient spiritual distress were evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively (using the Empathic Response Scale). Findings showed wide variation in these nurses' ability to respond empathically; while some responses would be healing, others were potentially hurtful.

Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California

Correspondence: Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, PhD, RN, 1555, Linda Vista Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103 (

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, exploring the creative interface between science and religion, to Dr Johnston Taylor, principal investigator. The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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