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Religions 2017, 8(12), 260; doi:10.3390/rel8120260

Spirituality in the Healthcare Workplace

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Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, MSD 2090 Msida, Malta
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Department of Nursing, University of South Wales, Pontypridd CF37 4BE, UK
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Department of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
The author has passed away.
In memoriam
Professor Donia Baldacchino was a global leader in the field of Spirituality and Health in nursing. She was deeply committed to integrating spiritual care in nursing education and care. Her research as well as her pastoral insights contributed significantly to the global recognition of the role of spiritual care in nursing care. She supervised numerous PhD Nursing students in her country in Malta and in many other countries. Her passion for this field lives on in the lives of students, colleagues and friends all over the world who have been deeply touched by her presence and scholarship.
Received: 23 June 2017 / Revised: 5 October 2017 / Accepted: 30 October 2017 / Published: 28 November 2017
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Abstract

Spirituality involves a sense of connectedness, meaning making and transcendence. There is abundant published research that focuses on the importance of spirituality to patients and their families during times of illness and distress. However over the last decade there has also been a growing awareness about the importance of considering the need to address peoples’ spiritual needs in the workplace. Engaging in ones own personal spirituality involves connecting with the inner self, becoming more self aware of ones humanity and limitations. Engaging with ones personal spirituality can also mean that people begin to greater find meaning and purpose in life and at work. This may be demonstrated in the workplace by collegial relationships and teamwork. Those who engage with their own spirituality also engage more easily with others through a connectedness with other staff and by aligning their values with the respective organization if they fit well with ones personal values. Workplace spirituality is oriented towards self-awareness of an inner life which gives meaning, purpose and nourishment to the employees’ dynamic relationships at the workplace and is eventually also nourished by meaningful work. Exercising ones personal spirituality contributes towards generating workplace spirituality. Essentially acting from ones own personal spirituality framework by being in doing can contribute towards a person becoming a healing and therapeutic presence for others, that is nourishing in many workplaces. Personal spirituality in healthcare can be enhanced by: reflection in and on action; role-modeling; taking initiative for active presence in care; committing oneself to the spiritual dimension of care; and, integrating spirituality in health caregivers’ education. As spirituality is recognized as becoming increasingly important for patients in healthcare, increasing educational opportunities are now becoming available for nurses internationally that could support personal and workplace spirituality. View Full-Text
Keywords: workplace spirituality; nurse; caregivers; patients workplace spirituality; nurse; caregivers; patients
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