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Keywords

Christian, nursing practice, patient care, religion, spiritual care, spirituality

 

Authors

  1. Taylor, Elizabeth Johnston
  2. Gober-Park, Carla
  3. Schoonover-Shoffner, Kathy
  4. Mamier, Iris
  5. Somaiya, Chintan K.
  6. Bahjri, Khaled

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Little is known about how nurses' personal spirituality and religious (S/R) beliefs impact their spiritual care of patients. An online survey was used to collect data from 445 nurses, assessing facets of religiosity, their opinions about introducing S/R during patient care, demographic, and work-related variables. Findings indicated that even in a sample of Christian nurses who scored high on religiousness measures, spiritual care is infrequent. Nurses' opinions about whether it was appropriate to initiate S/R conversation, self-disclosure, and prayer were associated with aspects of nurse religiosity. Nurses working in a faith-based organization were more likely to believe they could initiate S/R conversation and offer prayer.