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The ethical basis of teaching spirituality and spiritual care: A survey of student nurses perceptions

MCSHERRY, Wilfred, Gretton, M, Draper, P and Watson, R (2008) The ethical basis of teaching spirituality and spiritual care: A survey of student nurses perceptions. Nurse Education Today, 28. pp. 1002-1008. ISSN 0260-6917

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Background: There is a professional requirement for student nurses to achieve competence in the delivery of spiritual care. However, there is no research exploring students nurses perceptions of being educated in these matters.
Aim: This paper explores the ethical basis of teaching student nurses about the concepts of spirituality and spiritual care by reporting the findings from the first year of a 3 year investigation.
Design: An exploratory longitudinal design was used to obtain student nurses perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care as they progressed through a 3 year programme.
Method: A questionnaire incorporating the Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating
Scale was distributed to 176 pre-registration nursing students undertaking either
the Advanced Diploma or Bachelor of Science degree programmes.
Results: A response rate of 76.7% was obtained. Findings reveal that the majority of
student nurses perceived spirituality to be a universal phenomenon of a type that
can be associated with existentialism. Some students were very uncertain and
apprehensive about being instructed in spiritual matters.
Conclusion: A cohort of student nurses held similar understandings of spirituality to
those presented in the nursing literature. However the results also suggest an overwhelming majority felt it was wrong for spirituality to imply that some people are better than others and most were uncertain whether spirituality was related to good and evil.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Nursing
Depositing User: Wilfred MCSHERRY
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 12:19
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:58

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