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Perspectives & Perceptions: Spiritual Care and Organizational Climate in Christian Schools

Ramal, Edelweiss

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181d100ef

Caring and spirituality are concepts Christian nursing programs transmit through explicit official, operational, and implicit hidden curricula. A measurable facet of the hidden curriculum is organizational climate. This study explored interrelationships between perspectives of spiritual care held by students and educators in Christian baccalaureate nursing programs, and their perception of organizational climate. Findings revealed that students who felt better cared for tended to have more positive perspectives of spiritual care.

Via their expressions, priorities, and interaction with students, i.e., the organizational climate, can faculty transmit attitudes about spirituality that affirm or offset what is taught through the "official" curriculum?

Edelweiss Ramal, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Loma Linda University, teaches Health Promotion and Teaching and Learning Theory. Her previous experience in nursing education includes teaching whole person care in Botswana, Africa, and Mexico. Edelweiss is actively involved in women's, family, health, and prayer ministries at her church.

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