Reflective accounts

Spirituality

A CPD article enhanced Rose Gallacher’s understanding of how to integrate spirituality into practice

A CPD article enhanced Rose Gallacher’s understanding of how to integrate spirituality into practice.

Abstract

Spirituality is an important aspect of holistic care. However, it is often overlooked. I was prompted to read the article after realising I was unsure how I integrate spirituality into my nursing practice.

Spirituality may be defined as one’s unique way of experiencing and exploring the essence of being, and of finding hope, meaning and purpose in existence. Providing spiritual care allows individuals to connect with their personal values and beliefs and may instil inner peace, strength and hope.

Patients often share spiritual care needs during personal care. Nurses should acknowledge spiritual care needs and allow patients to lead conversations about these needs. Spirituality is important to the individual experiencing an illness or crisis that may challenge them to search for a specific purpose or meaning in life. Illness may involve significant changes for the patient and their family, including financial loss or changes to roles in the family.

The article identified the specific skills required to support patients and the need to listen attentively to them. It made me aware of the attributes that enable me to achieve my aim of providing holistic person-centred care.

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This reflective account is based on NS795 Rogers M, Wattis J (2015) Spirituality in nursing practice. Nursing Standard. 29, 39, 51-57.

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