Nurses' Behavioral Responses to Patients' Spiritual Requests in Rural Southeastern North Carolina

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308436
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Nurses' Behavioral Responses to Patients' Spiritual Requests in Rural Southeastern North Carolina
Author(s):
Matthews, Alice W.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Nu Omega
Author Details:
Alice W. Matthews, MPH, RN, alice.matthews@nhrmc.org
Abstract:

Session presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013

Purpose:  The purpose of this qualitative study was to 1) identify the behavioral responses of nurses to patient spiritual requests, 2) assess the perceived barriers for providing spiritual care, and 3) compare nurses’ behavioral responses with demographic characteristics.    

Design:  Through the use of a web-based questionnaire based on Flanagan’s critical incident technique, reports were obtained from a convenience sample of 225 nurses recruited through a large regional medical center in rural southeastern North Carolina.  

Findings:  Six predominant behaviors were identified that nurses might use in the event that a patient expresses a spiritual need:   providing prayer, referring a patient to the chaplain, showing respect for religious and cultural beliefs, providing comfort, encountering barriers, and sharing own faith beliefs.  A chi square analysis that examined differences between participant characteristics and major behavioral factors found that nurses who reported that their nursing programs adequately prepared them to address patient spiritual needs were more likely to pray with patients.  They were also more likely to practice personal spiritual beliefs.  Nurses with baccalaureate or higher degrees were more likely to report incidents that described showing respect for patient spiritual/religious practices. 

Conclusions:  The taxonomy of nursing behavioral responses to patient spiritual needs provides important information for developing tailored education programs, as well as forming a foundation for testing spiritual care educational interventions.

Clinical Relevance:  Identifying behavioral responses of nurses to patient spiritual requests helped move the hospital administrative team forward in developing an organizational culture that would promote the use of spiritual care.

Keywords:
Nurses; Spirituality; Critical Incident Technique
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNurses' Behavioral Responses to Patients' Spiritual Requests in Rural Southeastern North Carolinaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMatthews, Alice W.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNu Omegaen_GB
dc.author.detailsAlice W. Matthews, MPH, RN, alice.matthews@nhrmc.orgen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308436-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013</p><b>Purpose:</b>  The purpose of this qualitative study was to 1) identify the behavioral responses of nurses to patient spiritual requests, 2) assess the perceived barriers for providing spiritual care, and 3) compare nurses’ behavioral responses with demographic characteristics.     <p><b>Design:</b>  Through the use of a web-based questionnaire based on Flanagan’s critical incident technique, reports were obtained from a convenience sample of 225 nurses recruited through a large regional medical center in rural southeastern North Carolina.   <p><b>Findings:</b>  Six predominant behaviors were identified that nurses might use in the event that a patient expresses a spiritual need:   <i>providing prayer, referring a patient to the chaplain, showing respect for religious and cultural beliefs, providing comfort, encountering barriers, and sharing own faith beliefs.  </i>A chi square analysis that examined differences between participant characteristics and major behavioral factors found that nurses who reported that their nursing programs adequately prepared them to address patient spiritual needs were more likely to pray with patients.  They were also more likely to practice personal spiritual beliefs.  Nurses with baccalaureate or higher degrees were more likely to report incidents that described showing respect for patient spiritual/religious practices.  <p><b>Conclusions:</b>  The taxonomy of nursing behavioral responses to patient spiritual needs provides important information for developing tailored education programs, as well as forming a foundation for testing spiritual care educational interventions. <p><b>Clinical Relevance:</b>  Identifying behavioral responses of nurses to patient spiritual requests helped move the hospital administrative team forward in developing an organizational culture that would promote the use of spiritual care.en_GB
dc.subjectNursesen_GB
dc.subjectSpiritualityen_GB
dc.subjectCritical Incident Techniqueen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:31:20Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:31:20Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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