spirituality could be, when a disaster strikes, it comes with emotional effects of trauma such as stress which include anger, sadness, anxiety, fear, and irritability. Nurses throughout their nursing profession, not only are they mandated to provide basic physical, emotional care, are also called to attend to individual’s spiritual needs. They also develop helping, trusting, and caring relationships with patients and families. Because disasters
survivors are t raumatized during and after the event, the community nurse, above all, needs to reassure about their safety. These victims need to know they are out of harm’s way and that you are a person with whom they can safely ventilate their feelings, (Minority Nurses, 2013). In most cases, disaster survivors who are spiritual tend to think that God has forsaken them, or they are being punishment for their sins. The nurse is that person who steps in to offer some sort of consolation, strength, support, and hope during the challenging periods. Nurses or spiritual care providers can assist these survivors to regain trust in God and receive healing of their souls. Nurses are called to practice the Caritas Processes: Practice of loving-kindness and equanimity, Authentic presence: enabling deep belief of other (patient, colleague, family, etc.), Cultivation of one’s own spiritual practice toward wholeness of mind/body/spirit—beyond ego, “Being” the caring-healing environment, Allowing miracles (openness to the unexpected and inexplicable life events, (Watson Caring Institute, 2008). Is it appropriate for the community nurse to pray with people from a spiritual affiliation different from his/hers? Reference Minority Nurse, (2013). Caring for communities after disaster. Retrieved from Watson Caring Institute, (2008). Core Concepts of Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring/Caring Science. Retrieved from - human-caring-core-concepts-and-evolution-to-caritas-processes-handout.pdf Saved References Edelman, C.L., Kudzma, E.C., & Mandle, C.L. (2014). Health promotion throughout the lifespan (8 th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby. Grand Canyon University, (2012). Health assessment of the older adult. Lecture Note.
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