Title

Palliative care nurses' spiritual caring interventions: a conceptual understanding

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Ronaldson, S, Hayes, L, Aggar, C, Green, J & Carey, M 2017, 'Palliative care nurses' spiritual caring interventions: a conceptual understanding', International Journal of Palliative Nursing, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 202-203.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2017.23.4.194

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Aims:

To investigate spiritual caring by palliative care nurses and to describe their interventions.

Background:

Spirituality and spiritual caring are recognised as integral components of holistic nursing.

Design:

Qualitative data captured on a questionnaire were analysed thematically (Braun and Clarke, 2006).

Methods:

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.

Findings:

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’.

Conclusion:

A conceptual understanding of spiritual caring was identified.