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Strategies for Providing Spiritual Care & Support to Nursing Students

Milner, Kerry A.; Foito, Kim; Watson, Sherylyn

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000309
Feature: education

ABSTRACT: Nurse educators need to equip nursing students with suitable resources and education so they can develop their own spiritual care, as well as recognize spiritual care needs in patients. There is a paucity of literature on teaching strategies for spiritual care and prayer in undergraduate nursing programs. This article describes how one faith-based school implemented strategies to facilitate spiritual development in students, which are integrated throughout the curriculum and utilized in the U.S. and a study-abroad program in Ireland.

There is a paucity of literature on how to facilitate spiritual development in nursing students. This faith-based school uses strategies throughout the curriculum in the U.S. and abroad.

Kerry A. Milner, DNSc, RN, is an associate professor, Sacred Heart University College of Nursing (SHUCON), Fairfield, Connecticut, teaches evidence based practice and practice-based scholarship to DNP students and engages in practice projects to improve quality, clinical and financial outcomes.

Kim Foito, MSN, RN, CNE, EMT-B, is a clinical assistant professor, SHUCON and teaches health assessment and pediatrics in the BSN program.

Sherylyn Watson, PhD, CNE, is an associate dean and clinical assistant professor, SHUCON, Dingle campus in Ireland. She is interested in international nursing and global health. Watson teaches adult medical-surgical nursing, senior synthesis, and nursing leadership.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 10/29/2015.

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