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Spirituality for Credit: Finding a Place in the Secular Curriculum

Carson, Verna Benner; Gerardi, Ruth

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182785e9a
Feature: education

ABSTRACT This article first appeared in 1985 in JCN addressing the issue of incorporating spiritual care into nursing education. The authors relay how they began a “Spirituality in Nursing Course” at a secular university. Author Verna Benner Carson offers an update about including spiritual content in nursing education today.

Incorporating spiritual care into the nursing curriculum has been a concern for many years. Two educators discuss starting a spirituality course at a secular university in the early 1980s. Carson adds an update about spirituality in education today.

At the time this article originally appeared in JCN, Verna Benner Carson, PhD, RN, was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, teaching psychiatric nursing and was a contributing author to Spiritual Dimensions of Mental Health.

Ruth Gerardi, MS, RN, was an instructor of medical-surgical nursing at the University of Maryland when she helped start the course “Spirituality in Nursing Practice” and participated as a guest lecturer.


Reprinted from JCN, Volume 2, Number 3, Summer 1985, pp. 28-30.

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