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Nursing...Focused on Tasks or People?

McCarver, Pamala K.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31820b93ae

Through being a patient, this nurse experienced healthcare professionals can be limited regarding the deeper issues within a patient's soul. Nurses cannot give what they do not have; but responding to personal spiritual needs equips nurses to meet patients' soul needs. The biblical account of sisters Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38–42) provides insight on the importance of Christian discipleship and diligent work, suggesting Christian nurses may need to be like Mary—sitting at Jesus' feet, and Martha—working for Christ.

How can nurses be equipped to address the deeper soul needs of patients?

Pamala K. McCarver, RN, MDiv, works at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, California. She is a parish nurse in her community and teaches courses to nursing students and healthcare providers on spiritual care.

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