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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164633
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
An analysis of spiritual expression and spiritual care
Author(s):
Belcher, Anne
Author Details:
Anne Belcher, PhD, Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: belcher@son.umaryland.edu
Abstract:
Increasing focus on holism in health care has resulted in organized efforts to attend to spiritual care and to examine the concept of spirituality in a systematic manner. Evidence exists that many nurses misconstrue patient manifestations of spiritual needs, possibly because spirituality was not a focus in their nursing curricula and/or lack of awareness of a personal spirituality upon which to draw. To provide holistic care, nurses in practice need to develop awareness of their own spirituality and spiritual needs, to learn how to assess the spiritual well-being of patients, and to implement interventions which meet the defined spiritual needs of their patients and themselves. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which nurses express their spirituality in practice environments and are able to integrate spiritual care into their role. Spirituality is differentiated from religion. Religion includes those beliefs, rituals, and practices that define a community of believers and is the way in which many individuals manifest their spirituality. Nurses who equate these concepts only address the practices consistent with that religion. Spirituality has a broader meaning in that it reflects the individual search for purpose and meaning in life. Spirituality includes but is not limited to faith, hope, love, and transcendence. Nurses who are aware of what spirituality encompasses appreciate the need to incorporate spiritual assessment and care into their practice. This research design utilized a qualitative approach that addressed issues/questions related to expression of spirituality both personally and professionally. Nurses practicing in oncology and other specialties completed a questionnaire that elicited spiritual practices and the application of their spirituality to patient care. A focus group was utilized to refine the survey instrument prior to distribution. Demographic data were collected. Data are being analyzed using a content analysis method to measure the frequency, order, and/or intensity of responses. The presentation will focus on identified themes and their impact on quality of care. Findings will provide the basis for suggested "best practices" in spiritual care. In addition, implications for nursing education and research will be reported.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn analysis of spiritual expression and spiritual careen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBelcher, Anneen_US
dc.author.detailsAnne Belcher, PhD, Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: belcher@son.umaryland.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164633-
dc.description.abstractIncreasing focus on holism in health care has resulted in organized efforts to attend to spiritual care and to examine the concept of spirituality in a systematic manner. Evidence exists that many nurses misconstrue patient manifestations of spiritual needs, possibly because spirituality was not a focus in their nursing curricula and/or lack of awareness of a personal spirituality upon which to draw. To provide holistic care, nurses in practice need to develop awareness of their own spirituality and spiritual needs, to learn how to assess the spiritual well-being of patients, and to implement interventions which meet the defined spiritual needs of their patients and themselves. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which nurses express their spirituality in practice environments and are able to integrate spiritual care into their role. Spirituality is differentiated from religion. Religion includes those beliefs, rituals, and practices that define a community of believers and is the way in which many individuals manifest their spirituality. Nurses who equate these concepts only address the practices consistent with that religion. Spirituality has a broader meaning in that it reflects the individual search for purpose and meaning in life. Spirituality includes but is not limited to faith, hope, love, and transcendence. Nurses who are aware of what spirituality encompasses appreciate the need to incorporate spiritual assessment and care into their practice. This research design utilized a qualitative approach that addressed issues/questions related to expression of spirituality both personally and professionally. Nurses practicing in oncology and other specialties completed a questionnaire that elicited spiritual practices and the application of their spirituality to patient care. A focus group was utilized to refine the survey instrument prior to distribution. Demographic data were collected. Data are being analyzed using a content analysis method to measure the frequency, order, and/or intensity of responses. The presentation will focus on identified themes and their impact on quality of care. Findings will provide the basis for suggested "best practices" in spiritual care. In addition, implications for nursing education and research will be reported.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:04:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:04:14Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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