Spirituality in Nursing

The history of nursing shows that spirituality has been well-documented. Currently, in addition to the fundamental practice of offering spiritual care in nursing, there are standards mandated by the Joint Commission, the American Nurses Association, and other organizations. 

Describe your personal spiritual philosophy in general terms and how you apply it to your nursing practice. 

As a dedicated nurse, I acknowledge the significance of offering holistic care to my patients. This includes addressing not only their physical and emotional well-being but also their spiritual needs. My spiritual philosophy revolves around the idea that every person has a unique spiritual element that contributes to their general health and healing process. I perceive spirituality as a vital dimension of human existence that encompasses a sense of inner peace, connection, and purpose. This philosophy is the yardstick of my nursing practice. It allows me to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to every patient.

Talk about the theoretical or scriptural foundations supporting your philosophy and practice. 

My spiritual nursing philosophy integrates with the concepts of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model and patient-centric care. Based on this model, spiritual well-being assumes an essential role in the overall health of an individual. Besides, I draw my spiritual inspiration from different philosophical and religious teachings that accentuate empathy, compassion, and the interconnectedness of all beings.

Give at least two instances of how you rendered spiritual care, along with the client’s reaction and how relaxed you felt during your interventions or actions.

An elderly patient with terminal illness was admitted to the intensive care unit. He expressed feelings of uncertainty and fear about the end of his life. During one of our frequent interactions, I spent some extra time with him, listening to his uncertainties and concerns. I gently introduced the subject of spirituality and asked him whether he would like to discuss her spiritual beliefs or partake in some spiritual practices. He responded that he had a profound faith and found consolation in prayer. I invited his spiritual leader and got him some prayer materials. He felt relieved and at peace. I felt an incredible sense of fulfillment through this intervention, knowing that I have helped him ease his misery.

Recommended readings

O’brien, M. E. (2021). Spirituality in nursing: Standing on holy ground. Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Rogers, M., & Wattis, J. (2015). Spirituality in nursing practiceNursing Standard29(39), 51-57.

Hawthorne, D. M., & Gordon, S. C. (2020). The invisibility of spiritual nursing care in clinical practiceJournal of Holistic Nursing38(1), 147-155.

Ghorbani, M., Mohammadi, E., Aghabozorgi, R., & Ramezani, M. (2021). Spiritual care interventions in nursing: an integrative literature reviewSupportive care in Cancer29, 1165-1181.

Linda, N. S., Phetlhu, D. R., & Klopper, H. C. (2020). Nurse educators’ understanding of spirituality and spiritual care in nursing: A South African perspective (Part 1)International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences12, 100187.