Should emergency nurses attempt to meet patients’ spiritual needs?
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Should emergency nurses attempt to meet patients’ spiritual needs?

Leanne Watkins Emergency nurse, Wye Valley NHS Trust, Hereford

Leanne Watkins offers a reflective case study in which the intervention of a chaplain helped a woman with mental health problems deal with self-harm

Research suggests there is a positive correlation between addressing some patients’ spiritual needs and the outcomes of their care. This article describes a case study in which a patient with mental health problems who frequently re-attended an emergency department (ED) sought spiritual support from a hospital chaplain. The patient was referred to a charitable organisation that offers spiritual care and her re-attendance at the ED has become less frequent.

Emergency Nurse. 22, 6, 36-38. doi: 10.7748/en.22.6.36.e1333


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 27 May 2014

Accepted: 11 August 2014

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