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WHAT PLACE, IF ANY, does prayer have in the worklife of the nurse? While the debate continues whether prayer should be allowed in public schools, privately it goes on. Gallup poll data suggests that nine out of 10 Americans engage in prayer-three out of four on a daily basis.1
Another study lists prayer as the number one coping mechanism that 96% of healthy seniors use to deal with stress. Seniors also report that they use prayer more often than complementary therapies to feel better or maintain health.2
"There has been relatively little research on the topic of prayer because of its relationship to God and the mindset to keep faith and science separate," says Ann L. Horgas, RN, PhD, one of the senior stress study researchers and associate professor of nursing, University of Florida College of Nursing and Institute on Aging, Gainesville, FL. It's only recently that researchers have begun to delve into studies of prayer as a resource to health and healing.