This basic qualitative research study explored senior baccalaureate nursing students’ descriptions of how they transitioned knowledge about providing spiritual care into clinical nursing practice. Studying students’ descriptions of their experiences with spiritual care showed that students learned to provide spiritual care through practice. Previous studies about spiritual care were conducted outside of the United States but did not provide students’ descriptions of the process of transitioning knowledge about spiritual care into clinical practice or the meaning derived from providing spiritual care. The primary research question asked, How do senior baccalaureate nursing students describe the transition of spiritual care education into their clinical nursing practice? The data were obtained through participant interviews that were transcribed, coded, and then analyzed. The target population was senior baccalaureate nursing students in the United States who were enrolled in a clinical practicum. The review of current literature focused on nurses’ perceptions of providing spiritual care, the importance of spiritual care, and methods used to teach spiritual care. The sample included 14 participants who were currently enrolled in baccalaureate nursing programs across the United States. The data showed that students’ experiences had a more significant influence on their comfort level by providing spiritual care than what they learned in a didactic setting. The data described four themes: (a) students’ experiences providing spiritual care, (b) the meaning attributed to their experiences, (c) effects on clinical nursing practice, and (d) how the information about providing spiritual care was transitioned into clinical nursing practice. Future research should focus on how to integrate providing spiritual care into nursing curricula and how to prepare the nurse educators and faculty to be comfortable teaching about providing spiritual care.
|Commitee:||Rasmussen, Christopher J., Bronner, Julia|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Spirituality, Religious education, Health education|
|Keywords:||nursing education, presence, spiritual care, spirituality|
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