Identify and discuss tools used to evaluate spirituality.
The use of spirituality in nursing practice is not new. However, it is more studied and utilized in a more structured format in nursing. Identify and discuss tools used to evaluate spirituality.
1) Please include 400 words in your initial post with two scholarly articles.
2) 200 words in two answers to your peers by Saturday midnight. Each Pier comment should have 105 word (Need at least 1 reference in the comments for the peers) – See works for Peers 1 and 2 below:
Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice
by Mileidis Bada Martinez – Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 9:52 PM
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Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice
Most health care providers are keen on the physical comfort of the patient which is only right according to their profession. Most of the health care providers will keep to the normal routine which medically relates to the patients well-being like if they have taken their medication, checking on their physical discomforts, and changing their drips (Golberg, 1998). If the focus is for the good health of the patient then we cannot complain but have to mention the extra efforts and attention that nurses in different health care facilities are offering today. Spirituality is a discussion that we will have today that relates to the nursing field nourishing the well-being of the patients not only physically but spiritually too. It is a challenge for most of the nurses to concentrate on the spirituality of the patients while still including their medical attention.
Spirituality in nursing entails the spirituality of the patients and those offering medical attention. For person to speak or emphasis on a certain topic to others, they should have a high level of understanding of the topic or are willing to learn. Nurses have to display a certain level of spirituality in the work because it relates to the life of others. Spirituality gives certain fruits and virtues in the nurses and doctors that guide their work (Reed, 1992). The virtues gained from their spirituality are in most cases in line with their code of ethics. Apart from the code of ethics and the principles they have to maintain spirituality will influence the performance of the nurses and health providers in the remitting of services without supervision. Spirituality will therefore influence the willingness for the nurses and other health providers to help others. At times, the help is normally beyond what the organization and the hospital requires and they are therefore offering to the patients to increase the rate of getting better.
Patients in the intensive care unit require more that attention to their bodies. Depending on the effects the patients will show after they are nourished spiritually, health care providers will determine if the patients will be receiving the services or not. Some of the services include letting the men of the clergy preaching or praying to them or members of the staff praying for them. In most cases, ICU patients are battling more than just the diseases but are dealing with emotional difficulties and the fear of death. Some are depressed especially if the conditions they have are making their loved ones worry (Reed, 1992). Spirituality however has the effect of positively influencing the well- being of patients and their families and giving them home. Spirituality must only be limited to the positives they contribute to the healing of the patient. Any other level or form of spirituality that will interfere with the medication and treatment of the patient negatively is not allowed.
Reed, P. G. (1992). An emerging paradigm for the investigation of spirituality in nursing. Research in nursing & health, 15(5), 349-357.
Golberg, B. (1998). Connection: an exploration of spirituality in nursing care. Journal of advanced nursing, 27(4), 836-842.
The spirituality in nursing care
by Yomary Madruga Quinones – Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 3:40 PM
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Spirituality in Nursing
A person’s spiritual conditions are directly correlated to their health conditions and generally the well-being of a person. Over time, spirituality is considered what defines a human being and is widely recognized by various health practitioners as an essential tool in healing (Hawthorne & Gordon, 2020). The practice of spiritual care in nursing is a broad field that is given priority, and several measures and tools are put in place to involve the spiritual view and beliefs in the healing practices and in providing health care. This study aims at discussing the spiritual practices in nursing and identifying the various tools that have been devised and implemented to evaluate spiritual practice in health care.
Failure to Practice Spiritual Care in Nursing
Despite the need for spiritual care and a great need to assess the spiritual needs of various patients to provide restorative health care being a significant role in nursing, it is evident that most nurses ignore spirituality in their practices (Rachel et al., 2019). Their failure to consider spirituality in healing results from various reasons such as ignorance and lack of knowledge of spiritual practices and their contributions to providing better health care, and not wanting to impose their own beliefs on patients with different religious affiliations (Hawthorne & Gordon, 2020). Various tools have been devised to curb these challenges to evaluate spirituality in nursing.
Tools to Evaluate Spiritual Care in Health Care
Several tools and measures have been put in place to evaluate spiritual care in health care-nursing practices, and nurses have been trained to gain more knowledge and understand how these tools work. One of the tools used is the “Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale, SSCR,” which consists of seventeen items and a five-liker scale that nurses fill based on their level of satisfaction (Rachel et al., 2019). SSCR employs four methods to determine the spiritual beliefs; nurses’ values and beliefs, their beliefs and view on how nurses can employ spirituality in their practices, religious beliefs and knowledge, and values and beliefs revolving around personal health care. This scale helps provide suggestions and values for nurses, such as practicing kindness and being cheerful when attending to patients.
Another tool is the “Student Survey of Spiritual Care, SSSC,” which consists of a nine-item scale. It is used to test the ability of student nurses to practice spiritual care, their commitments to religious values, how much spirituality was emphasized during their classes, and if they are putting them into practice. SSSC is a reliable tool to evaluate students’ spirituality and make them understand how critical spirituality is in their work before they even start to practice as nurses.
Thirdly, the “Spiritual Care in Practice, SCIP,” a five liker scale consisting of twelve items, is a crucial tool used to evaluate spiritual care in nursing. It is used to test the routine and regularity of respondents to practice ways to identify and recognize the spiritual needs cued by patients and ensure they meet the patients’ expectations. The response helps to identify if the nurse responding is well conversant with ways to answer to the needs and beliefs of the client.
Lastly, the “Spiritual Care Inventory, SCI” has successfully evaluated spiritual care in nursing. SCI is a five liker scale consisting of seventeen items that measure the beliefs and the extent to which nurses give health care through using three subscales. The first subscale tests how the respondent feels about intervening to promote spiritual care. The second one focuses on the reflection of nurses from their daily interactions and what it means to them in their quest to provide spiritual care. The third and the last subscale shows how the respondent employees the rituals of faith to tackle the different spiritual needs of clients. These four tools constitute the various tools essential in evaluating spiritual care and emphasizing spiritual practices in the nursing field.
Hawthorne, D. M., & Gordon, S. C. (2020). The Invisibility of Spiritual Nursing Care in Clinical Practice. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 38(1), 147–155. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898010119889704
Rachel, H., Chiara, C., Robert, K., & Francesco, S. (2019). Spiritual care in nursing: An overview of the measures used to assess spiritual care providers and related factors amongst nurses. Acta Bio Medica : Atenei Parmensis, 90(Suppl 4), 44–55. https://doi.org/10.23750/abm.v90i4-S.8300