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Religions 2016, 7(3), 23; doi:10.3390/rel7030023

Utilization of Spirituality and Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice in Public Hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Greys Nursing Campus, KwaZulu-Natal College of Nursing, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal 3200, South Africa
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Community Health Studies Child and Youth Care Programme, Durban University of Technology, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal 4000, South Africa
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Academic Editors: Fiona Timmins and Wilfred McSherry
Received: 30 November 2015 / Revised: 10 February 2016 / Accepted: 19 February 2016 / Published: 3 March 2016
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This study explored the views of professional nurses in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa regarding the role of spirituality and spiritual care in nursing practice and investigated whether professional nurses utilize spiritually based care in nursing practice. A cross-sectional descriptive design using multistage random sampling was utilized. Five hundred and fifty questionnaires were distributed to professional nurses between December 2012 and February 2013. A total of 385 participants completed the survey questionnaire, resulting in a 77% response rate. Data was analyzed using SSPS 0.20. The data revealed that nurses see spirituality and spiritual care as an important dimension of nursing practice but need greater preparedness. Nurses need to be effectively prepared to deal with the complexity of providing ethically based personalized spiritual care in an increasingly diverse society. View Full-Text
Keywords: spirituality; spiritual care; holistic nursing spirituality; spiritual care; holistic nursing
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Chandramohan, S.; Bhagwan, R. Utilization of Spirituality and Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice in Public Hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Religions 2016, 7, 23.

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