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Spiritual Care




Sacred moments occur in the midst of the ordinary and that which might be considered deeply spiritual to one person might be no more than social to another. The notion of 'sacred' is thus profoundly personal. This chapter is jointly written by two people with complementary views-a nurse with pastoral care interests, and a pastor with an interest in nursing. Sometimes differences in perspective will show through, but the combined perspective offers useful practical guidance on the nature of spiritual care at the end of life.


Contents include

  • What is spiritual care?
  • Sacred moments in the midst of the ordinary
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Intentional spiritual care
    • Identifying spiritual needs
      • Problems with assessment tools
      • Overcoming the problems with assessment tool
    • Documenting spiritual care
  • Strategies for spiritual care
  • Implications for the nursing process
    • Raising consciousness
    • Holistic practice
    • Accountability
    • Reflective practice
  • Practice principles
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Bruce is a senior lecturer in the Palliative Care Unit at La Trobe University, Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). He holds postgraduate qualifications in physics, pastoral care and health social science and has published in all three fields. His longstanding interest in palliative care began with doctoral work in England in the mid 1970s, and has continued as palliative care has developed in Australia and elsewhere. Spiritual care is a particular focus of his work. Bruce is author of Helplessness and Hope: pastoral care in terminal illness, SCM Press, 1986, and editor of Spirituality and Palliat...
Aged Care Palliative Care Consultant, RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci (adv.nsg) Grad Dip Geront. Nsg, B Theol, M Theol, PhD,FRCNA, FAAG
Dr Rosalie Hudson's varied nursing career is focused on aged care, dementia care and palliative care. As a consultant nurse educator, with qualifications in theology, she explores end-of-life issues for older people; as an author, teacher and associate professor with the University of Melbourne, she seeks to raise the profile of gerontic nursing. Rosalie has had twelve years of experience as a director of nursing of a 50-bed nursing home, as well as extensive experience in community nursing practice.

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