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Why are Spiritual Aspects of Care so hard to Address in Nursing Education?’ A Literature Review (1993-2015)

Ali, Gulnar, Wattis, John and Snowden, Michael (2015) Why are Spiritual Aspects of Care so hard to Address in Nursing Education?’ A Literature Review (1993-2015). International Journal of Multidisciplinary Comparative Studies, 2 (1). pp. 7-31. ISSN 2059-4976

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Abstract

Difficulties persist in conceptualising spiritual needs and understanding their relationship to religious needs and relevance to wellbeing. This review was undertaken to clarify some of these issues. It set out to establish what is already known about how issues of spiritual assessment and care are addressed in undergraduate nursing education. Using a systematic approach, a literature review covering the period 1993-2015 was undertaken. Reviewed materials were collected from mainly online sources including with searches conducted using CINHAL, SUMMON and PubMed databases, after defining keywords and inclusion and exclusion criteria. The study found that Spirituality appears to be a broad but useful category which is concerned with how people experience meaning and purpose in their lives. However, it also established that here are relatively few studies focused on how spiritual care competencies could be developed in nursing students. There is also little work exploring nursing educators’ perspectives and experiences about how to develop spiritual competencies in their students. The study concludes that further research is necessary in order to bridge the gap between aspirations and practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Holistic care, Spiritual needs, Nursing Education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Michael Snowden
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 16:29
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 17:06
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/26834

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