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Spiritual Care: Evangelism at the Bedside?

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31823169a2
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Spiritual Care: Evangelism at the Bedside?


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General Purpose Statement

To familiarize the nurse with the ethics of faith sharing and provide the nurse with guidance for ethical spiritual care.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article and taking this test, the nurse will be able to:

  1. Define faith sharing ethics and ethical care guidelines.
  2. List suggestions for providing ethical spiritual care.

1. According to the North Somerset Trust, who should initiate spiritual support in clinical care?

a. the patient

b. family members

c. the physician

d. the nurse

2. Which scripture describes the need for sensitivity and gentleness when providing spiritual care?

a. Mark 16:15

b. Matthew 10:16

c. 1 Peter 2:12

d. Romans 12:18

3. Greenway's principles for ethical faith sharing include all except

a. honesty.

b. reciprocity.

c. evangelism.

d. humility.

4. According to Greenway, faith sharing must recognize that persons need which to make their choices?

a. collaboration

b. support

c. guidance

d. freedom

5. According to this article, proselytization is fundamentally about

a. advertisement.

b. persuasion.

c. coercion.

d. education.

6. According to Thiessen, moral proselytization is non-coercive and

a. non-aggressive.

b. non-judgmental.

c. non-emotional.

d. non-evangelistic.

7. Witnessing is a personal reaction to experiencing

a. transformation.

b. authenticity.

c. God.

d. compassion.

8. To give respectful care, the nurse should seek to know client spiritual needs, resources, and

a. approaches.

b. strategies.

c. beliefs.

d. preferences.

9. Respectful care includes obtaining some type of permission from the patient when the nurse wants to

a. listen to a patient's life story.

b. elicit a patient's life story.

c. provide an empathic response.

d. respect a request for a spiritual care expert.

10. Spiritual care is grounded in

a. love and dialogue.

b. problem solving.

c. outcomes.

d. therapy.

11. The climate or environment the nurse can create for spiritual nurture is described as

a. spiritual care.

b. spiritual therapy.

c. sacred time.

d. sacred space.

12. Which action by the nurse will allow the patient to give voice to his or her inner experience?

a. using patient language

b. listening deeply

c. following the patient's lead

d. self-disclosing

13. Use of deep listening skills enables the nurse to follow the patient's

a. cues.

b. beliefs.

c. hopes.

d. concerns.

14. To avoid alienating or embarrassing the patient when conveying a spiritual concern the nurse should

a. use the patient's language in response.

b. make a referral to a spiritual care expert.

c. self-disclose.

d. create sacred space.

15. Who is the healthcare spiritual care expert?

a. trained chaplain

b. community clergy

c. Christian nurse

d. lay minister

16. According to Fowler, spiritual care experts address which layers of spirituality?

a. public

b. semi-public

c. semi-intimate

d. intimate

17. Before responding to a patient's request for nurse religious self-disclosure, it is helpful to assess

a. why the patient is asking.

b. when the patient is asking.

c. what the patient is asking.

d. where the patient it asking.

18. Which of the following should always follow any religious self disclosure?

a. closed-ended questions

b. open-ended questions

c. instruction

d. prayer



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