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Forgiveness and Spiritual Distress

Implications for Nursing

Glenn, Chontay Taylor; Pieper, Barbara

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000613
Feature: education

ABSTRACT: Spirituality, spiritual distress, and forgiveness are constructs relevant to nursing diagnoses and care planning. Forgiveness has significant implications, as it contributes to the spirituality of the individual and has been linked to positive and negative health outcomes. In clinical practice, forgiveness facilitation, grief work facilitation, and spiritual growth facilitation are evidence-based nursing interventions to address Spiritual Distress. Need exists to enhance spiritual distress and forgiveness within nursing curricula, patient assessment, and research designs.

Chontay Taylor Glenn, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a PhD candidate and clinical instructor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Her research investigates the relationship among forgiveness, spiritual distress, and delinquent behaviors in adolescents who have adverse childhood experiences.

Barbara Pieper, PhD, RN, is a professor and interim associate dean faculty affairs, College of Nursing, Wayne State University. Her specialty is chronic wound care for persons who inject drugs.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 8/8/2018.

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