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Online Survey of Nurses' Personal and Professional Praying

O'Connell-Persaud, Shannon, BSN, RN; Dehom, Salem, MPH; Mamier, Iris, PhD, RN; Gober-Park, Carla, PhD, MPH, MS, RN; Taylor, Elizabeth Johnston, PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000323

This study explored how nurses' prayer beliefs and practices are associated with their offering to pray with patients. Participants (N = 423) completed an online survey. Those with higher prayer experience scores were 9% more likely to offer prayer to patients; those working in religious settings were 2.5 times more likely offer prayer to patients.

College of Nursing, South Dakota State University, Brookings (Ms O'Connell-Persaud); School of Nursing (Mr Dehom and Drs Mamier and Taylor) and School of Religion and Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness (Dr Gober-Park), Loma Linda University, California.

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

The authors are grateful to many people who made this work possible, including all the nurses who completed the surveys, and the Editors-in-Chief, who provided access to these nurses via their journal home pages (ie, Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, RN, Journal of Christian Nursing; Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, American Journal of Nursing; and Maureen Anthony, PhD, RN, Home Healthcare Now). The authors also thank Chintan K. Somaiya, MS, MBA, for his technical assistance with data collection.

This work was supported by the School of Religion and Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness, Loma Linda University.

All authors declare no conflict of interest.

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