Spiritual care is not as complex as we may think

The skills that draw us to the profession are a good foundation, says Macmillan’s Barry Quinn
Caring nurse

The skills that draw us to the profession provide a good foundation, says Macmillan’s Barry Quinn

I have often asked patients, their families and healthcare professionals what makes a good nurse. Over the years the answer has remained constant: a good nurse is one who demonstrates patience and compassion, who listens and tells the truth with sensitivity – someone who shows they care.

When answering this question, people seldom refer to clinical skills. Is that because these skills are taken for granted, or is it that the skills of being human are the ones people remember and value? I think it is the latter.

In training our nurses and healthcare workers of the future, we work with them to develop both the clinical and human skills they need. However, it is the desire to care and make a difference that attracts


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