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Spiritual care is fundamental to patient care evidenced by Joint Commission requirement of a spiritual assessment of a patient’s hospital admission. Prayer is an assessment component, that patients may seek solace and support by requesting prayer from the bedside nurse, the nurse may lack confidence in responding to such a request. Spiritual care has been recognized as an integral component to holistic healthcare promotion. Several middle-range theories in the recent years have been developed in an attempt to promote spiritual care in nursing practice and to guide research in spiritual nursing. However, there is still reluctance from nurses in addressing spiritual care needs for their patients. Spirituality is an essential element of holistic nursing and nurses need the knowledge and confidence to address spiritual issues with patients, in addition, nurses need to identify and acknowledge their own spirituality before they can be comfortable to address that of the patients.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Describe religion and spiritual from a care perspective.
- Discuss spirituality in patient assessment and care.
- identify barriers to providing spiritual care to hospitalized patients.
- Review the caring theory as an available resource to address the spiritual needs of patients
- Review the nursing plan of care and nursing responsibilities