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Keywords

holistic care, nursing, spiritual care, Spiritual Care Competence Scale

 

Authors

  1. Hellman, Ann N.
  2. Williams, Wesley E. Jr.
  3. Hurley, Shelia

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Healthcare literature suggests that many nurses fail to address patients' spiritual needs and/or identify signs of spiritual distress. A study was conducted to explore whether nurses in a medical center possessed the knowledge to assess patients' spirituality and design and implement a plan of spiritual care. The Spiritual Care Competence Scale was used to assess competence in spiritual care assessment and implementation; professionalization and improving quality; personal support and patient counseling; referral; attitude toward patient spirituality; and communication of spiritual needs.