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Spiritual Nursing Care Education An Integrated Strategy for Teaching Students

White, Donna M.; Hand, Mikel

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000395
Feature: education

Abstract: The failure of nursing schools to integrate spiritual nursing care education into the curriculum has contributed to a lack in nurses' spiritual care ability. Developing, integrating, and testing a Spiritual Care Nursing Education strategy in an Associates of Science nursing program significantly increased the perceived spiritual care competence of student nurses. Utilizing a faculty team to develop learning activities to address critical spiritual care attributes offers a method to integrate spiritual nursing care content throughout the curriculum in ASN and BSN programs.

Donna M. White, DNP, RN, is an associate professor of nursing at Hannibal-LaGrange University, Hannibal, Missouri, serves as the RN-to-BSN program coordinator, and recently became an associate editor for JCN.

Mikel Hand, EdD, RN, is an assistant professor of nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana. In addition to teaching, Mikel maintains an active program of scholarship and mentoring DNP students.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 5/18/2016.

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