Spiritual care in nursing: an overview of published international research
Article first published online: 15 OCT 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 958–969, December 2012
How to Cite
2012) Journal of Nursing Management 20, 958–969 Spiritual care in nursing: an overview of published international research, (
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 15 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 MAY 2012
- nursing management;
- spiritual care
This paper provides an overview of 80 papers on research into spiritual care in nursing between 2006 and 2010, to enable nurses and nurse managers to make use of evidence available to them to improve quality of care and implement best practice.
Research into spiritual care has grown rapidly since a review of the field in 2006.
The CINAHL database was used to search for ‘spirituality’ OR ‘spiritual care’ AND ‘nursing, looking for original research papers involving health-care practitioners.
Research is discussed in the following themes: nursing education; care of health-care practitioners, including nurses; descriptive and correlational research; assessment tools used in research; palliative care and oncology; culture and spiritual care research. Future research should take into account the risks of research that does not involve patients and the need for research that is translatable into contexts other than the setting under study.
Implications for nursing management
Spiritual care research has implications for staff training and education, staff motivation and health, organisational culture, best practice, quality of care and, most importantly, for the health of patients. Nurse managers, and indeed all involved in management of nursing, should use this growing body of evidence to inform their spiritual care training, planning and delivery.