Spirituality as a Healing Force
Spirituality is a complex phenomenon, the definition of which has occupied the minds of thinkers throughout the centuries. In a recent radio interview the interviewer asked a young Australian doctor currently working in Somalia whether or not many aid workers choose to work in wartorn countries for spiritual reasons. The doctor replied, 'Well, I guess some do go for religious reasons.' The doctor is not alone in assuming that spirituality and religion are synonymous. I suggest, however, that they are not.
What I offer you in this chapter are ideas, not opinions fixed like concrete in my mind, but a glimpse into my ongoing and ever-evolving view of spirituality - what it is and what it implies within the uniqueness of the nurse-client relationship.
- Attempting a definition of spirit and spirituality
- Spirituality in concert - The sharing of humanness in the nurse-client relationship
- Spirituality, the sharing of humanness as a healing force
- Nurse as ordinary person - nurse's perspective
- Nurse as ordinary person - client perspective
- Nurse as ordinary person - a relative's perspective
- Is sharing humanness the heart of nursing?