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Spiritual care: implications for nurses' professional responsibility.
J Clin Nurs 2006; 15(7):875-84JC

Abstract

AIM

This paper aimed to gain insight into the spiritual aspects of nursing care within the context of health care in the Netherlands and to provide recommendations for the development of care in this area and the promotion of the professional expertise of nurses.

BACKGROUND

International nursing literature suggests that caregivers are expected to pay attention to spiritual aspects of patient care. In Dutch nursing literature, the spiritual dimension is increasingly becoming a focus of attention. Despite this, there is a lack of empirical data from professional practice in the Netherlands.

METHOD

Data were collected by means of focus group interviews. The sample was made up of the specialist fields of cardiology, oncology and neurology and divided into groups of patients, nurses and hospital chaplains. The interviews took place between May and December 2004. Data were qualitatively analysed using the computer programme Kwalitan.

RESULTS

Different spiritual themes emerged from the interviews. There were different expectations of the nurse's role with regard to spiritual aspects. The main themes derived from this research can be recognized as aspects of nursing competencies that are reported in the literature. However, the attention to spiritual aspects in the nursing process is not clear cut. It seems to be highly dependent on personal expression and personal commitment.

CONCLUSIONS

The study raises questions about the nurse's professional role in spiritual care. The study shows that different factors (personal, cultural and educational) play a role in the fact that spiritual care is not structurally embedded in nursing care. Further research on the impact of that variable is recommended.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

Nursing care implies care for the spiritual needs of patients. To provide this care, nurses need to be knowledgeable regarding the content of spiritual care and the personal, professional, cultural and political factors influencing it. They also need to be able to participate in policy and decision-making discussions of spiritual care in clinical nursing practice.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nursing, Ede Christian University, Ede, The Netherlands. rrvleeuwen@che.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16879380

Citation

van Leeuwen, René, et al. "Spiritual Care: Implications for Nurses' Professional Responsibility." Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 15, no. 7, 2006, pp. 875-84.
van Leeuwen R, Tiesinga LJ, Post D, et al. Spiritual care: implications for nurses' professional responsibility. J Clin Nurs. 2006;15(7):875-84.
van Leeuwen, R., Tiesinga, L. J., Post, D., & Jochemsen, H. (2006). Spiritual care: implications for nurses' professional responsibility. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15(7), pp. 875-84.
van Leeuwen R, et al. Spiritual Care: Implications for Nurses' Professional Responsibility. J Clin Nurs. 2006;15(7):875-84. PubMed PMID: 16879380.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Spiritual care: implications for nurses' professional responsibility. AU - van Leeuwen,René, AU - Tiesinga,Lucas J, AU - Post,Doeke, AU - Jochemsen,Henk, PY - 2006/8/2/pubmed PY - 2006/9/12/medline PY - 2006/8/2/entrez SP - 875 EP - 84 JF - Journal of clinical nursing JO - J Clin Nurs VL - 15 IS - 7 N2 - AIM: This paper aimed to gain insight into the spiritual aspects of nursing care within the context of health care in the Netherlands and to provide recommendations for the development of care in this area and the promotion of the professional expertise of nurses. BACKGROUND: International nursing literature suggests that caregivers are expected to pay attention to spiritual aspects of patient care. In Dutch nursing literature, the spiritual dimension is increasingly becoming a focus of attention. Despite this, there is a lack of empirical data from professional practice in the Netherlands. METHOD: Data were collected by means of focus group interviews. The sample was made up of the specialist fields of cardiology, oncology and neurology and divided into groups of patients, nurses and hospital chaplains. The interviews took place between May and December 2004. Data were qualitatively analysed using the computer programme Kwalitan. RESULTS: Different spiritual themes emerged from the interviews. There were different expectations of the nurse's role with regard to spiritual aspects. The main themes derived from this research can be recognized as aspects of nursing competencies that are reported in the literature. However, the attention to spiritual aspects in the nursing process is not clear cut. It seems to be highly dependent on personal expression and personal commitment. CONCLUSIONS: The study raises questions about the nurse's professional role in spiritual care. The study shows that different factors (personal, cultural and educational) play a role in the fact that spiritual care is not structurally embedded in nursing care. Further research on the impact of that variable is recommended. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Nursing care implies care for the spiritual needs of patients. To provide this care, nurses need to be knowledgeable regarding the content of spiritual care and the personal, professional, cultural and political factors influencing it. They also need to be able to participate in policy and decision-making discussions of spiritual care in clinical nursing practice. SN - 0962-1067 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16879380/Spiritual_care:_implications_for_nurses'_professional_responsibility_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01615.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -