Feature ArticlesA Survey of Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses' and Holistic Nurses' Perceptions of Spirituality and Spiritual CareLukovsky, Julia DNP, RN, ANP-BC; McGrath, Elizabeth DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPN; Sun, Carolyn PhD, RN, ANP-BC; Frankl, Daniel PhD; Beauchesne, Michelle A. DNSc, RN, CPNP, FAAN, FNAP, FAANPAuthor Information Julia Lukovsky, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, is registered nurse/nurse practitioner, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Matrix Medical Network. Elizabeth McGrath, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPN, is assistant professor of medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Hanover, New Hampshire. Carolyn Sun, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, is assistant professor, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, and Nurse Researcher, New York Presbyterian Hospital. Daniel Frankl, PhD, is professor, California State University, Los Angeles. Michelle A. Beauchesne, DNSc, RN, CPNP, FAAN, FNAP, FAANP, is professor emeritus, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. Address correspondence to Julia Lukovsky, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, 147 E 82nd St #4E, New York, NY 10028 ([email protected]). The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: February 2021 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 28-37 doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000711 Buy Take the CE Test Metrics Abstract The provision of spiritual care is referred to in professional practice guidelines and mandated in nurses' ethical codes. Still, a gap exists regarding essential training in spiritual conversation and assessment, leaving some health care providers feeling uncomfortable when assessing spiritual support needs. The purpose of this study was to assess hospice and palliative nurses' and holistic nurses' perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care. It was assumed that the standards of care for hospice and palliative nurses and holistic nurses stipulate that spiritualty is addressed within the framework of their specialties and provide education for spiritual care, thus making these nurses proficient in providing spiritual care. This exploratory, descriptive study utilized a web-based survey to measure perception of spirituality and spiritual care giving using a modified Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale. A convenience sample was recruited from members of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the American Holistic Nurses Association (n = 250). Descriptive statistics summarized data as well as qualitative analysis of written narratives. Content analysis of open-ended survey questions was used to identify themes until saturation. This study found that given adequate resources and education, nurses can be positioned to address the spiritual needs of patients and provide appropriate care. This study adds to an emerging body of evidence suggesting that training in spiritual care should be an important component of the foundational nursing curriculum. Copyright © 2020 by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. All rights reserved.