Palliative care nurses' spiritual caring interventions: a conceptual understanding
Ronaldson, S, Hayes, L, Aggar, C, Green, J & Carey, M in press, 'Palliative care nurses' spiritual caring interventions: a conceptual understanding', International Journal of Palliative Nursing, vol. 23, no. 4.
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To investigate spiritual caring by palliative care nurses and to describe their interventions.
Spirituality and spiritual caring are recognised as integral components of holistic nursing.
Qualitative data captured on a questionnaire were analysed thematically (Braun and Clarke, 2006).
The study involved forty-two palliative care registered nurses working across seven palliative care services in Sydney, Australia. The research question was: ‘What spiritual caring interventions do palliative care nurses use in their practice?’ Nurses completed an open-ended questionnaire to identify and interpret their spiritual caring.
Three sub-theme categories and four major concepts of spiritual caring. Categories identified are: humanistic, pragmatic and religious interventions; while concepts of spiritual caring are: ‘being with’, ‘listening to’, ‘facilitation of’ and ‘engaging in’.
A conceptual understanding of spiritual caring was identified.