Spiritual care: is it the nurse's role?
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Spirituality and Health International
Volume 9, Issue 4, pages 270–284, December 2008
How to Cite
Baldacchino, D. R. (2008), Spiritual care: is it the nurse's role?. Spirituality Health, 9: 270–284. doi: 10.1002/shi.363
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2009
- spiritual care;
- holistic care;
- nurse's role;
- interdisciplinary team
This paper argues that although health-care professionals claim to deliver holistic care, spirituality is overlooked. This may be because of lack of recognition of this role in nursing and secularization of the contemporary society. The findings of this descriptive exploratory study originated from nurses (n = 77), chaplains (n = 71) and patients with myocardial infarction (n = 53). Spiritual care was perceived as an integral part of the nurse's role in liaison with the interdisciplinary team. While taking into consideration the factors which may inhibit or enhance the delivery of spiritual care, recommendations address further research, education and management of patient care. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.