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A View of Spirituality and Spiritual Care in a Sample of Spanish Nurses

Department of Health Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Alicante, 03080 Alicante, Spain
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Religions 2019, 10(2), 129; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020129
Received: 13 November 2018 / Revised: 8 January 2019 / Accepted: 19 February 2019 / Published: 22 February 2019
The aim of this paper was to explore a select group of Spanish nurses’ views of spirituality and spiritual care. An exploratory design using both qualitative and quantitative methods was used in this study. The participants were nurses who were enrolled in a Master of Nursing Research. Data were collected via an open questionnaire. Furthermore, participants completed the Meaning in Life Scale (MiLS-Sp), whose results were analysed using quantitative methodology. The results that were obtained from the quantitative analyses reported a satisfactory mean score on nurses’ self-reported spirituality. Qualitative data were analysed using grounded theory procedures. Qualitative analysis showed two approaches to spirituality nurses’ views: (i) a clinical approach that influenced by the context of their clinical practice and (ii) an alternative approach where spirituality was viewed as a health resource, moving away from the biomedical model of nursing training. Nurses are sensitive to spirituality issues and acknowledge their importance to practice. Despite this, they view spirituality in a rather mechanistic way without changing their attitudes, competences and perspectives on healthcare. View Full-Text
Keywords: Meaning in Life Scale; nursing; spirituality; qualitative analysis Meaning in Life Scale; nursing; spirituality; qualitative analysis
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Reig-Ferrer, A.; de la Cuesta-Benjumea, C.; Fernández-Pascual, M.D.; Santos-Ruiz, A. A View of Spirituality and Spiritual Care in a Sample of Spanish Nurses. Religions 2019, 10, 129. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020129

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Reig-Ferrer A, de la Cuesta-Benjumea C, Fernández-Pascual MD, Santos-Ruiz A. A View of Spirituality and Spiritual Care in a Sample of Spanish Nurses. Religions. 2019; 10(2):129. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020129

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Reig-Ferrer, Abilio, Carmen de la Cuesta-Benjumea, María D. Fernández-Pascual, and Ana Santos-Ruiz. 2019. "A View of Spirituality and Spiritual Care in a Sample of Spanish Nurses" Religions 10, no. 2: 129. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020129

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