To arrive at a working definition of spiritual care for their study, Taylor and another nurse interviewed 30 bedside nurses who worked in critical care at a large teaching hospital. The majority of interview subjects has been critical care nurses for four years or less; they also tended to be female, in their 20's, and hold a BSN as their highest level of education.2
"Could you tell me about a time when you interacted with a patient who really needed some spiritual support or attention?"
"Please describe your personal definition of spirituality?"
"How do you see the connection between religion and spirituality?"
"Could you talk to me about your own comfort in providing spiritual care to critically ill patients?"3
Canfield remarked, "Nurses were very open, candid and emotional. It was cathartic for them." The nurses in the study had the desire to provide spiritual care to their patients, but did not always know how to go about it. 75% of the nurses interviewed expressed at least some degree of comfort at offering critically ill patients spiritual care.
She continued, "If we just care for patient's body, we miss opportunities." If nurses want provide holistic care, than addressing spirituality is an obligation. Simply by putting the patient at the center of the experience, they recognize the value of spirituality.
1.Canfield C et. al. Critical Care Nurses' Perceived Need for Guidance in Addressing Spirituality in Critically Ill Patients. American Journal of Critical Care. May 2016. 25 (3). 206-11.
2. Table 1. Critical Care Nurses' Perceived Need for Guidance in Addressing Spirituality in Critically Ill Patients http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/content/25/3/206/T1.expansion.html
3.Table 2. Critical Care Nurses' Perceived Need for Guidance in Addressing Spirituality in Critically Ill Patients http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/content/25/3/206/T2.expansion.html