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Confident Spiritual Care in a Postmodern World

Salladay, Susan A.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31820bf494

Postmodern thinking that embraces tolerance and suggests there is no absolute truth may make Christian nurses feel uncertain or uncomfortable in giving spiritual care, especially care consistent with their beliefs. Christian nurses can be guided by the example of Jesus Christ and the Apostles Peter and Paul in the Bible, being sensitive to postmodern perceptions without being intimidated by them and feeling neither obligated to share their faith, nor afraid to do so if a patient asks and gives consent.

In a world where tolerance is embraced and absolute truth questioned, Christian nurses may feel uncertain in giving spiritual care. The Bible offers guidance for being sensitive to postmodern perceptions without being intimidated.

Susan A. Salladay, PhD, RN, is a Professor of Nursing at Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio and Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. Her clinical specialty areas are psychiatric-mental health nursing and clinical bioethics. She writes on nursing ethics in Nursing and JCN and has authored several books.

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