The Rehabilitation Nurse's Role in Spiritual Care


  • Marsha Courville Davis MSN RN CRRN

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    • At the time this article was written, Marsha Courville Davis was director of psychological services at Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, MS.

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For the ill or disabled patient, spiritual distress can prove to be a major nursing care problem that interferes with positive patient outcomes. This article explores major factors involved in spiritual distress and illustrates them through case studies and selected interventions. Nurses should be aware of the possibility that unidentified spiritual distress often is the culprit in an unsuccessful plan of care.