WHAT WOULD SPIRITUALITY BE ACCORDING TO YOUR OWN WORLDVIEW PHI 413
Topic 1 DQ 1
What would spirituality be according to your own worldview? How do you believe that your conception of spirituality would influence the way in which you care for patients?
Spirituality, in my perspective, is a belief in a higher power than oneself. It also entails believing in a power greater than oneself or any other human being. As a nurse, I conduct myself ethically and responsibly and utilize these beliefs to improve care, comprehension, and human compassion. Further, spirituality assists patients in managing stress, making significant health choices, and improving their overall living standards. As a nurse, I collect spiritual backgrounds to get a more in-depth understanding of the patient’s spiritual and religious history and select the most appropriate assistance.
Each patient has unique spiritual requirements that may or may not be religious. The patient may convey this requirement verbally or implicitly. The patient or family may not even realize they are asking for spiritual help. Spiritually distressed patients or their relatives may express a sense of disconnection, hopelessness, future apprehension, purposelessness, or belief in punishment (Selman et al., 2017). As a nurse, I am constantly aware of the patient’s needs, irrespective of conveying them. They may miss these requests for spiritual assistance if I am not attentive.
As a nurse, I can include the patient’s spiritual requirements into their treatment plan. I employ connections, patient involvement, and bodily therapeutic interventions as part of a complete plan of care. Spiritual care initiatives are adaptable, and the nurse and other healthcare team members may provide them in several ways (O’Brien et al., 2018). By respecting the patient’s spirituality and offering presence, building a therapeutic connection, and conversing with the patient gives value to the person. Saying a prayer with the patient, providing caring participation, fostering the person’s faith’s practice, trying to explore options to hurdles, boosting pardon, providing assistance to the patient in uncovering self-expectations and establishing whether those goals are achievable, and encouraging profound articulation of emotions with communication skills are all examples of spiritual initiatives I could employ as a nurse (Selman et al., 2017).
Although spiritual care is meant to help people, I frequently gain as a nurse. Interpersonal trust and a connection with the patient require high emotional intelligence. It’s important to realize that spirituality isn’t always theological care (Ross et al., 2018). Whereas the health care industry easily incorporates spirituality into therapy, spiritual care is essential in all sectors of operation. For the sake of our clients, we as caregivers must respect spiritual support, learn the required skills, and schedule time to satisfy these needs.
O’Brien, M. R., Kinloch, K., Groves, K. E., & Jack, B. A. (2018). Meeting patients’ spiritual needs during end‐of‐life care: A qualitative study of nurses and healthcare professionals’ perceptions of spiritual care training. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(1-2), 182-189. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14648
Ross, L., McSherry, W., Giske, T., Van Leeuwen, R., Schep-Akkerman, A., Koslander, T., Hall, J., Steenfeldt, V. Ø., & Jarvis, P. (2018). Nursing and midwifery students’ perceptions of spirituality, spiritual care, and spiritual care competency: A prospective, longitudinal, correlational European study. Nurse Education Today, 67, 64-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.05.002
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Dec 19, 2021, 12:06 AM
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Thank you for sharing; responses to items regarding “defining spiritual care” indicated that most nurses perceive that good spiritual care means focusing on respecting patients’ beliefs and dignity and respecting their needs to share their feelings and concerns with others. Despite guidelines supporting spiritual care, patients report unmet spiritual needs; Although health care providers acknowledge the importance of assisting patients with their spiritual needs, it still is a barrier as time and discomfort in discussing spirituality and cultural differences. Health care providers need education about spiritual care (Puchalski et., al 2020)
Puchalski, C., Jafari, N., Buller, H., Haythorn, T., Jacobs, C., & Ferrell, B. (2020). Interprofessional spiritual care education curriculum: A milestone toward the provision of spiritual care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 23(6), 777–784. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2019.0375
Dec 17, 2021, 7:42 PM
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As being a Sikh woman, I have been raised in a religious family. I believe in God and prayers. I believe that God always listen to the prayers, and is always with me to protect me. As a Sikh woman, Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Holy book, is our God. Guru Granth sahib teaches us to love everyone and pray for everyone. Since spirituality teaches us to be patience, respectful, hard-worker, and that’s why spiritual people tend to live longer. “Some observational studies that people who have regular spiritual practices tend to live longer” (Puchalski, 2001). I believe that being spiritual teaches me to care for my patients with patience and compassion. I listen to spiritual songs called Shabad Kirtan, and pray for five minutes before going to work. At work, I treat all my patients with love and equal, since my religion teaches me to treat everyone with respect and equality.
Bogue, D. (2018). An introduction to Christian values and decision making in Health Care. Practicing dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision making in Health Care. Retrieved December 18, 2021, from https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/1
Puchalski, C. M. (2001, October). The role of spirituality in Health Care. Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center). Retrieved December 18, 2021, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1305900/