This qualitative secondary analysis explored the narratives of 14 nurses from various practice settings. Data analysis identified that although nurses share responsibility for spiritual caregiving for their patients, the ability to provide this care is greatly influenced by the extrinsic factors. Spiritual caregiving was seen as both a discrete act that facilitated patients' spiritual practices and, in other situations, took the form of integrative spiritual caregiving that was part of the interpersonal connection in the nurse–patient relationship.
Kyla C. Janzen, MSN, RN, completed this research for her masters' thesis at Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. She has been a research associate on several studies related to spiritual caregiving.
Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, PhD, RN, is director of the MSN program at Trinity Western University and teaches health policy. Her research focuses on social justice in health-related fields, including religious diversity, palliative care, and global health.
Barbara Astle, PhD, RN, is associate professor of Nursing and director of the Centre of Equity and Global Engagement at Trinity Western University. Her research focuses on global health and equity, global health education, and research literacy.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Accepted by peer-review 3/19/2018.