Nursing and Spirituality Articles

Nursing and Spirituality is available to discuss how religion and spirituality impact nurses and patient care as we strive to access and meet the needs of the whole person, including spiritual needs. Sometimes, meeting these needs is more difficult for nurses than physical needs and is very often neglected. Many nurses are uncomfortable and unprepared to assess and provide this type of care.

When Nurses Cry
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When Nurses Cry

Although it's been more than 30 years ago, I remember the occasion very clearly. My first death on Peds as the charge nurse. It was horrible. A four-month old...

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The Nurse's Role in Providing Spiritual Care - Is It OK to Pray?
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The Nurse's Role in Providing Spiritual Care - Is It OK to Pray?

This brought up much discussion about whether or not offering prayer falls within the scope of the nurse while providing spiritual care. Is it appropriate for...

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The Power Of Prayer in Healthcare
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The Power Of Prayer in Healthcare

According to Oxford Dictionaries, prayer is defined as a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity. Although people usually...

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NTI:  Spiritual Care in Critical Care Nursing: Judy Crewell, PhD, RN, CNE
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NTI: Spiritual Care in Critical Care Nursing: Judy Crewell, PhD, RN, CNE

Allnurses.com staff recently attended the AACN NTI Conference in Houston. We were fortunate to interview several well-respected leaders in critical care nursing....

From the Other Side of the Bed Rails - When the Nurse Becomes the Patient
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From the Other Side of the Bed Rails - When the Nurse Becomes the Patient

I looked around at the people in the waiting room, wondering……. what’s wrong with that lady? Does she have cancer? Poor thing. Then I thought… Gee….. Maybe...

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Running on Empty
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Running on Empty

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 Tears spilled over as I clicked off my cell phone and started the car,...

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I Owe It To My Dad
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I Owe It To My Dad

I remember the day it all started. It was a simple index card with steps carefully written by my mother. Chronological ordered words instructed my 79-year old...

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I will fear no evil: for you are with me
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I will fear no evil: for you are with me

Every now and again there is a moment in our jobs which lingers in back of our minds, niggling at our focus, bobbing on the outskirts of all other important...

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Spirituality and Caring: Dialogue and Inquiry with Literature Review
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Spirituality and Caring: Dialogue and Inquiry with Literature Review

Spirituality is a personal, abstract component in people's lives that can have different meanings based on different life experiences. One's own experiences help to...

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Is Faith Enough?
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Is Faith Enough?

I use to think that faith was enough- that if I had enough faith, I could accomplish anything. Faith is something that I think can lead us into the belief of being...

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Losing my religion
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Losing my religion

Ah, the lively religious debate. As nurses, we all take care of a multitude of patients, all with specific, and sometimes not so specific, emotional/spiritual...

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I SAW HIM!
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I SAW HIM!

I scanned my list of patients for the day. Three unfamiliar names back to back in the morning; a prenatal visit, an INR (a patient on the blood thinner Coumadin)...

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Want happiness…apply the 10 second rule...on and off the nursing floor
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Want happiness…apply the 10 second rule...on and off the nursing floor

I walked onto the floor of the Oncology unit ready to start my day. It was a busy teaching facility but I had been there long enough to be comfortable in my RN role...

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Is nursing my calling
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Is nursing my calling

If I knew then what I know now....would I still have chosen nursing? I ask my self that more often, especially after seeing my daughter graduate nursing school and...

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Nurses Coping with Personal Grief
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Nurses Coping with Personal Grief

How many of you have felt helpless or guilty when caring for a seriously ill or dying patient? How many become overwhelmed with emotion after a particularly...

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The Nurse's Guide to Observing Chanukkah
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The Nurse's Guide to Observing Chanukkah

I grew up in a very Jewish neighborhood in Pittsburgh. It was nothing for me to see Orthodox Jews walking to Temple on Saturday morning, wearing the long locks and...

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I Am Not A Storyteller
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I Am Not A Storyteller

I am not a storyteller. I am not a person whose story needs to be heard. But I have met those whose story is worth telling. And so I will set forth to the best...

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Another Year of Blessings
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Another Year of Blessings

No....this is not an early New Year's story filled with resolutions. Today is my birthday and I have been thinking back over events of this past year. Birthdays...

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