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Unformatted text preview: Nurses and other healthcare providers often link spiritual caregiving with determining a patient’s religious affiliation and understanding the health-related beliefs, norms, and taboos of that religion. Although such knowledge is important for holistic nursing, spiritual caregiving requires an understanding that spirituality is broader than religion and recognition that, although some people may not be religious, everyone is spiritual. (Dossey & Keegan, p.618). It is important for nurses to be aware of their own spiritual beliefs and practices as this is important in maintaining a holistic approach to nursing. If nurses are aware of their spiritual beliefs then they will be better able to address the spiritual needs of their patients. According to Dossey and Keegan, “The many ways nurses nurture their spirits and respond to their spiritual concerns are the same as those that they suggest to their patients”. (p. 627) Many nurses may be afraid of addressing the spiritual needs of their patients for fear of offending or...
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- Spring '11
- Nursing, Spiritual Needs, Holistic Nursing