Nurses' Perceptions of Spirituality and Spiritual Care in Different Health Care Settings in the Netherlands

This paper shows similarities and differences in perceptions and competences regarding spirituality and spiritual care of nurses in different health care settings. Research on this specific topic is limited and can contribute towards a nuanced implementation of spiritual care in different nursing ca...

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Published in:Religions
Authors: Leeuwen, Renatus Ronaldus van 1956-; Schep-Akkerman, Annemiek
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: MDPI [2015]
In:Religions
Year: 2015, Volume: 6, Issue: 4, Pages: 1346-1357
Further subjects:B Home care
B Spirituality
B Nursing
B Mental Health Care
B Hospital care
B Spiritual care
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Summary:This paper shows similarities and differences in perceptions and competences regarding spirituality and spiritual care of nurses in different health care settings. Research on this specific topic is limited and can contribute towards a nuanced implementation of spiritual care in different nursing care settings. Four hundred forty nine nurses in different health care settings completed a questionnaire concerning spirituality and spiritual care, spiritual care competence, and personal spirituality. Respondents reported a generic (instead of more specific) view of spirituality and spiritual care, and they perceived themselves to be competent in providing spiritual care. Compared to nurses in hospital settings, nurses in mental health care and home care have a more generic view of spirituality and spiritual care and report a higher level of competence. Next to this, they perceive themselves more as spiritual persons. Future research is needed to develop further understanding in setting specific factors and their influence on nurses' views and competence regarding spiritual care. Nursing education and management should consider an emphasis on spiritual competence development related to working settings of nurses.
ISSN:2077-1444
Contains:Enthalten in: Religions
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.3390/rel6041346