Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD)


Gary J. Bredfeldt


Spiritual Formation, Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Residency


Christianity | Education | Nursing | Religion


Student registered nurse anesthetists in hospital residency undergo a rigorous schedule. For Christian nurse anesthesia students, spiritual formation may suffer due to the stressors of anesthesia residency. The purpose of this mixed-methods case study sought to understand and describe the perceived influence of participation in spiritual formation opportunities during nurse anesthesia hospital residency on students’ spiritual formation level as well as their ability to handle stressors of hospital residency. In phase one of the study, the researcher conducted a purposeful convenience sampling of 54 Junior and Senior students in a quantitative quasi-experimental design. In phase one, the participant's spiritual formation level was measured via the Faith Maturity Scale (FMS) tool. Next, the study narrowed the number to the top 30 FMS scores for phase two of the transcendental phenomenological qualitative study. Phase two consisted of interviews that resulted in the common themes of coping, poor coping, positive benefit and no benefit. Findings from the study indicate that spiritual formation opportunities have a positive influence on spiritual formation level in the student nurse registered anesthetists experiencing the stressors of hospital residency. A finding not anticipated was that no relationship was revealed between spiritual formation opportunities and the nurse anesthesia students’ ability to handle the stressors of hospital residency. Implications for nurse anesthesia programs are discussed as well as recommendations for areas of future research.