Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2013

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Primary Subject Area

Health Sciences, Nursing

Keywords

Holistic Care, Spiritual Care, Nursing

Disciplines

Nursing

Abstract

Holistic nursing is care of the whole person, which addresses physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational aspects of health. Historically, nursing has always integrated these aspects into providing care. Nursing developed out of religious orders and was predominantly a way to serve God by serving the poor and the sick. Florence Nightingale believed that nursing was her calling from God and her faith and spirituality influenced every aspect of her care. Nurses today are often fearful of addressing the spiritual needs of their patients, despite research that demonstrates the importance of providing care in these areas. Nurses can use interventions such as prayer, Scripture, active listening and presence, as well as referral to meet the spiritual needs of their patients.

Included in

Nursing Commons

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