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College of Arts and Sciences


Nursing (B.S.N.)

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Health Sciences, Nursing


Spirituality, Spiritual needs, Spiritual distress, Spiritual care, Spiritual interventions, Holistic Nursing, Spiritual Assessment, Spirit


Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Other Nursing


There is scarcity of documentation that seeks to define spirituality relating to holistic nursing; consequently, a literature review was formulated to define spirituality and guide nursing practice towards recognizing the importance of and implementation of spiritual care. By researching the current trends in peer-reviewed journals from the past three years and analyzing associated articles, this paper addresses the need for a comprehensive definition of spirituality. Key concepts such as belief, values, interconnectedness with self, others and God, energy, hope and transcendence will be analyzed, and the accumulated data will be complied into a framework that is easy for a nurse to understand and use. This thesis strives to validate the necessity of spiritual care through the mechanism of holistic nursing and equip nurses to assess and implement care for the ever-present spiritual needs of one’s patients.

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