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Spiritual Care: An Unexpected Lesson

Stryker, Roxanne BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/

This exemplar, relaying an unexpected lesson in meeting the spiritual needs of an acutely ill patient, is written to encourage nurses in providing holistic care of patients. The author assessed spiritual distress and made a plan for spiritual care, but implementation and outcome were not favorable. An inductive Christian nursing theory by Elizabeth Ann Davis Lee, as reported in the Journal of Christian Nursing, is used to analyze this poignant memory of nursing care.

"I had the opportunity to help PJ face her death, but I let my plans and fears get in the way."

Roxanne Stryker, BSN, RN, is enrolled in the online Master's of Science in Nursing Program at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She spent most of her career in the acute care setting at Providence Health Center in Waco, Texas, and has worked as a staff nurse, nurse educator, and certified diabetes educator. She attends Fellowship Bible Church, Waco.

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