Spirituality in nursing is emerging as a generic concept, void of religious connotation. Yet for Christians, both spirituality and religion are valid and needed. How can religion be reintegrated into practice and research?
Amy Rex Smith, DNSc, RN, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston, coordinating the acute care/critical care clinical nurse specialist track, and serving as co-Principal Investigator on an interdisciplinary study of prayer as a coping mechanism in cancer patients. Amy practices as a staff nurse at Brigham and Women's Hospital and holds certificates in spiritual direction and parish nursing. She attends First Baptist Church of Stoneham.