Effects of a spiritual care training for nurses

J.P. Vlasblom, J.T. van der Steen, D.L. Knol, H. Jochemsen

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Abstract

Despite the fact that spiritual care is an essential part of nursing care according to many nursing definitions, it appears to be quite different in practice. A spirituality training for nurses may be necessary to give spiritual care the attention it deserves. In a trial a pre-tested “spirituality and nursing care” training was provided to nurses from four different nursing wards in a non-academic, urban hospital. Prior to the training and six weeks after the training, nurses and all patients were asked to fill up a questionnaire. In addition, the number of referrals from nurses to the chaplaincy was examined. Compared to before (n = 44 patients), after the training (n = 31), the patients from the intervention wards experienced more receptiveness and support when asking questions about illness and meaning. There were also specific changes in nurses' attitudes and knowledge, changes in clinical practice such as documenting spiritual needs and the number of referrals to the chaplains was higher. The results indicate that a training in spiritual care for nurses may have positive effects on health care that patients can experience
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)790-796
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • nursing competences
  • students
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Vlasblom, J.P. ; van der Steen, J.T. ; Knol, D.L. ; Jochemsen, H. / Effects of a spiritual care training for nurses. In: Nurse Education Today. 2011 ; Vol. 31, No. 8. pp. 790-796.
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