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Keywords

Complementary and alternative medicine, Holistic care, Religion, Spirituality

 

Authors

  1. Carpenter, Kara
  2. Girvin, Lindsey
  3. Kitner, Whitney
  4. Ruth-Sahd, Lisa A. DEd, RN, CEN, CCRN

Abstract

Although many patients face significant physical needs, their mind and spirit may be ill as well. Three facets make up an individual: physical, mental, and spiritual. To provide optimal holistic care, the critical care nurse must take into consideration each of these three aspects. But most importantly, the critical care nurse must recognize that spiritual care begins with oneself. Spirituality is one such area of patient care that, when addressed, can reap positive benefits for both the client and the healthcare provider. This article explores all aspects of spirituality for the critical care nurse.