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nursing, reflective journaling, spiritual distress, spiritual well-being, students



  1. Briggs, Crista L.
  2. Lartey, Grace
  3. Eagle, Susan


ABSTRACT: In an effort to improve students' comfort level and confidence with spiritual care, nursing faculty initiated a classroom activity to encourage students to think about and reflect upon 10 questions. Students responded by answering whether they had ever thought about the question being asked, then writing a short narrative response. Topics included issues about life, death, afterlife, spiritual well-being, truth, and God. Although 88.8% of participants (n = 107) considered themselves to be religious or spiritual, results revealed many had never thought about the questions being asked. Based on these findings, nurse educators should consider including a similar classroom reflection exercise to better prepare students for providing spiritual care prior to beginning clinical rotations.