Person-centered holistic health care focuses on the mind, spirit, and body. However, advances in technology and science have led to a disconnection between care for the body and care for the soul. Canfield and colleagues interviewed 30 critical care nurses to identify their definition of spirituality, their level of comfort in providing spiritual care, and their need for education and guidance in this care. They found most nurses offered themselves to patients and families through personal presence, such as praying, listening, or touching. They did this within the following 3 patient-centered areas:

  • End-of-life issues

  • Resolutions surrounding guilt and hope

  • Increased need for attention

In addition, 47% of the nurses defined spirituality as belief in a higher power and associated it with religion; 75% expressed a degree of comfort in providing spiritual support. The authors offer a definition of spirituality and recommend creation of...

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