Many nurses are not confident about addressing this aspect of care, yet the spiritual needs of patients have a fundamental role in nursing and recovery, state Lisa Pullen and colleagues
Nursing research has shown that taking care of the spiritual needs of service users is an essential part of holistic practice, and is significantly related to physical and psychological health, clinical outcomes and quality of life. This article discusses the relevance of spirituality to nursing practice and education, particularly in the field of mental health, and to nursing research. t also describes and some tools that can be used to assess spirituality.
Being present to the person and listening respectfully are often the most important factors in attempting to provide such needs. However, many nurses do not feel adequately prepared to assess and identify these needs, and they are poorly resourced to provide interventions. This has significant implications for nursing education and organisations. Further research is needed to promote a better understanding of spirituality and spiritual care in nursing. This could also enable appropriate nursing interventions to be designed and implemented, curricular materials and opportunities to be developed and competent teaching and supervision to be carried out.
Mental Health Practice. 18, 5, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/mhp.18.5.14.e916Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 29 July 2013
Accepted: 14 April 2014
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