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When do nurses refer patients to professional chaplains?
Holist Nurs Pract 2010 Jan-Feb; 24(1):44-8HN

Abstract

Nursing has historically realized the importance of spirituality in patient care, and more than other healthcare staff, they also have recognized the integral role of chaplains in meeting the spiritual needs of patients. The present study examines specific patient and family issues for which nurses make referrals to chaplains. A previously piloted questionnaire asking how often nurses and allied staff refer patients to chaplains was distributed to 133 staff members at a New York area hospital, the majority of whom were registered nurses (RNs). ANOVA revealed significant differences with respect to the kinds of issues that nurses are likely to refer to chaplains, with referrals being most likely for family issues and least likely for treatment-related issues. A significant interaction between staff type (nurses vs allied staff) and issues was also found. The results are discussed in relation to the nurses' desire to meet patients' spiritual needs and how this can be achieved.

Authors+Show Affiliations

The Spears Research Institute, HealthCare Chaplaincy, 307 E 60th Street, New York, NY 10022, USA. sweinberger-litman@healthcarechaplaincy.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20023523

Citation

Weinberger-Litman, Sarah L., et al. "When Do Nurses Refer Patients to Professional Chaplains?" Holistic Nursing Practice, vol. 24, no. 1, 2010, pp. 44-8.
Weinberger-Litman SL, Muncie MA, Flannelly LT, et al. When do nurses refer patients to professional chaplains? Holist Nurs Pract. 2010;24(1):44-8.
Weinberger-Litman, S. L., Muncie, M. A., Flannelly, L. T., & Flannelly, K. J. (2010). When do nurses refer patients to professional chaplains? Holistic Nursing Practice, 24(1), pp. 44-8. doi:10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181c8e491.
Weinberger-Litman SL, et al. When Do Nurses Refer Patients to Professional Chaplains. Holist Nurs Pract. 2010;24(1):44-8. PubMed PMID: 20023523.
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TY - JOUR T1 - When do nurses refer patients to professional chaplains? AU - Weinberger-Litman,Sarah L, AU - Muncie,Margaret A, AU - Flannelly,Laura T, AU - Flannelly,Kevin J, PY - 2009/12/22/entrez PY - 2009/12/22/pubmed PY - 2010/3/13/medline SP - 44 EP - 8 JF - Holistic nursing practice JO - Holist Nurs Pract VL - 24 IS - 1 N2 - Nursing has historically realized the importance of spirituality in patient care, and more than other healthcare staff, they also have recognized the integral role of chaplains in meeting the spiritual needs of patients. The present study examines specific patient and family issues for which nurses make referrals to chaplains. A previously piloted questionnaire asking how often nurses and allied staff refer patients to chaplains was distributed to 133 staff members at a New York area hospital, the majority of whom were registered nurses (RNs). ANOVA revealed significant differences with respect to the kinds of issues that nurses are likely to refer to chaplains, with referrals being most likely for family issues and least likely for treatment-related issues. A significant interaction between staff type (nurses vs allied staff) and issues was also found. The results are discussed in relation to the nurses' desire to meet patients' spiritual needs and how this can be achieved. SN - 1550-5138 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20023523/When_do_nurses_refer_patients_to_professional_chaplains L2 - http://Insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=20023523 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -