Creating conditions for good nursing by attending to the spiritual
Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Perspectives on spirituality - opportunities and challenges for nurse managers and leaders Issue editors: Fiona Timmins and Wilf McSherry
Volume 20, Issue 8, pages 1002–1011, December 2012
How to Cite
BIRO, A. L. (2012), Creating conditions for good nursing by attending to the spiritual. Journal of Nursing Management, 20: 1002–1011. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01444.x
- Issue online: 14 NOV 2012
- Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2012
- Accepted for publication: 11 May 2012
- good nursing;
- spiritual care;
- work environment
biro a.l. (2012) Journal of Nursing Management 20, 1002–1011 Creating conditions for good nursing by attending to the spiritual
Aim To note similarities, differences, and gaps in the literature on good nursing and spiritual care.
Background Good nursing care is essential for meeting patient health needs. With growing recognition of the role of spirituality in health, understanding spiritual care as it relates to good nursing is important, especially as spiritual care has been recognized as the most neglected area of nursing care.
Methods Nursing research, reports and discussion articles from a variety of countries were reviewed on the topics of good nursing, spiritual care and spirituality.
Key issues A nurse’s spirituality and the nurse–patient relationship are integral to spiritual care and good nursing.
Conclusions There are many commonalities between good nursing and spiritual care. Personal attributes of the nurse are described in similar terms in research on spiritual care and good nursing. Professional attributes common to good nursing and spiritual care are the nurse–patient relationship, assessment skills and communication skills.
Implications for nursing management Good nursing through spiritual care is facilitated by personal spirituality, training in spiritual care and a culture that implements changes supportive of spiritual care. Further research is needed to address limitations in the scope of literature.