Spirituality: Connectedness Through Being and Doing
In contrast with other disciplines in health care, nursing has long been concerned with the religious and spiritual dimension of personhood. Spirituality is a part of the 'ontological foundation of nursing; it is regarded as a basic characteristic of humanness important in human health and well being' (Reed, 1992:350). This chapter addresses three aspects of spirituality. The concept of spirituality and its historical place in nursing are outlined. Reasons for the neglect of spirituality in nursing theory, education and practice are reviewed. Finally, a reflection on spirituality and work highlights a spiritual orientation to mental health nursing practice.
- History, spirituality and nursing
- Accounting for the low priority of the spiritual in nursing education and practice
- Spirituality and work
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