Healthcare lecturers’ perceptions of spirituality in education
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Healthcare lecturers’ perceptions of spirituality in education

Sharon Prentis Deputy director, Research and development, The Salvation Army, London
Melanie Rogers Senior lecturer, Human and health sciences, University of Huddersfield
John Wattis Visiting professor, Human and health sciences, University of Huddersfield
Janice Jones Senior lecturer, Human and health sciences, University of Huddersfield
John Stephenson Senior lecturer, Human and health sciences, University of Huddersfield

Aim The aim of this research was to identify healthcare teaching staff’s understanding of spirituality, how their understanding may shape teaching practice and how this may contribute to the documented issues around incorporating spirituality into patient assessment and care.

Method A mixed-method, small-scale explorative online survey was used.

Findings Several perceptions and practices were identified that led to a better understanding of the obstacles to teaching in this area. Suggestions were made about how to shape teaching spirituality to improve patients’ experience and ensure spirituality is integrated more fully into assessment and care.

Conclusion This study brought a better understanding of obstacles to integrating spirituality into teaching for healthcare lecturers and offered some ideas on how to best address these obstacles.

Nursing Standard. 29, 3,44-52. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.3.44.e8584

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 13 November 2013

Accepted: 04 March 2014