Meaning of Spirituality and the Nurse's Role in Providing Spiritual Care to the Dying Patient
As nurses educated to heal or cure physical illness, we have this as our priority, if not our only role. Even if we have been aware of other facets of healing, we have tended to shy away from them. We feel embarrassed or uncomfortable when patients or their family and friends raise matters concerning spirituality. We may say we have no time, there are already too many tasks to do, and we don't want to get caught up in other issues. In this age of specialisation we see each person as having a specific role, an expertise in a certain area, and therefore we should not encroach on another's particular field. Some nurses may acknowledge a patient's need for spiritual expression, but feel inadequate to deal with it, due to their own lack of training, or their own spiritual doubts. There are others, and probably these are the majority, who are not quite sure what spirituality is.
This Chapter discusses the meaning of spirituality and how to provide spiritual care to the patient.
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