This qualitative study utilized a phenomenological approach to better understand nurse, chaplain, and family member experiences with the delivery of spiritual services at the end of life in an inpatient intensive care unit. Triadic semistructured interviews (six with the patient's family members, six with nurses, and six with chaplains) were conducted. Family members perceived that the nurses' role was to care for the physical needs of their loved one, whereas chaplains were there to care for the emotional needs of those involved.
Rocky Sonemanghkara, BSN, RN, is a staff nurse in the Medical-Surgical Unit at Clements University Hospital. He served as principal investigator for this study, as part of his neuroscience nursing research fellowship.
Jose Andres Rozo, BSN, RN, is a staff nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He served as, Dallas, TX a research mentor.
Sonja Stutzman, PhD, is the clinical research manager, Neuroscience Nursing Research Center, Dallas, Texas, and served as the study's project manager.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Accepted by peer-review 8/6/2018.