Adult-Gerontology Health Nursing Paper
Spirituality is defined as an intrinsic and dynamic feature of humanity through which individuals seek and connect with ultimate purpose, meaning, transcendence, and have a relationship with self, society, family, and the sacred (Harrad et al., 2019). Human-beings express spirituality through traditions, beliefs, values, and practices. Spirituality has progressively become an important element in healthcare. Spirituality is among the central health care needs as the World Health Organization (WHO) enlists the health care needs of a person to encompass physical, social, mental, and spiritual wellbeing (Batstone et al., 2020). However, despite spirituality being essential to human beings and especially patients with serious illnesses, spirituality is not often perceived as integral to the clinical care and not provided to patients, particularly those with serious illnesses. Spirituality has been shown to promote both health and wellbeing. This paper will present my reflection about the application of spirituality to nursing practice.
Nursing care that aims to attend to the spiritual needs of patients seeks to respond to the spiritual needs that focus on the sense of intuition that allows the patients to find peace in their individual spirituality concept. Therefore, nurses need to provide patients with the essential resources to meet their spiritual demands and needs (Linda et al., 2020). I personally believe that actions involving values like being empathic, kind, and compassionate and the ability to appropriately respond to patients and their families regarding care and health status.
Spirituality plays an important role in facilitating holistic care during nursing practice. This is because holistic care in nursing ensures the provision of comprehensive and whole care and takes to into account the patient in its complexity (Batstone et al., 2020). This is because holistic care also addresses the spiritual needs of the patient. Therefore, nurses should encourage patients to live as meaningful as possible and to encourage patients to connect with their psychic and mystical world to find comfort during their illness. To achieve this, nurses must focus on patients as a whole system. Spirituality is an important aspect in the provision of holistic care as it helps patients to attain a balance between their body and mind. The main goal during patient care is to obtain and maintain a balance between the body, mind, and environment because this balance helps to maintain life (Batstone et al., 2020).
Personally, I believe that spirituality is very important for patients as it helps them walk through the journey of their sickness. For example, according to the Christianity worldview, God brings suffering like a sickness for our own good and He manifests Himself through such sufferings. Therefore, spirituality can help a Christian patient know that their sickness is God’s will and God’s purpose will be fulfilled in their lives. Personally, certain practices, values, and beliefs guide my life and therefore spirituality involves the purpose of life, emotional stability, peace, and being compassionate and kind to people under my care. I tend to promote a positive attitude, create harmony, eradicate stress factors, and focus on helping individuals attain a state of wellbeing and comfort. I also personally focus on ensuring a warm, healthy, and safe environment for individuals under my contact, and everyone surrounding me. Therefore, I endeavor to incorporate all my beliefs and values into my professional life by inspiring compassion, empathy, confidence, and professionalism during care provision to my patients.
During my professional practice, I focus on the patients’ welfare, as well as the welfare of my colleagues and other healthcare providers. I always try to understand the cultures, beliefs, and perspectives of other people and be my patients’ advocate. I respect the patients and their autonomy and right to make healthcare decisions, through engaging them when developing treatment plans and providing them with all information to help them make informed choices.
I believe holistic care involves integrating the spiritual element of a patient. This is because there is a strong correlation between the physical, spirit, and illness. Effects of an illness on the physical body impacts the mental, emotional, and spiritual state of a patient. Therefore, a competent nurse should discern and identify any imbalance and eliminate the obstacles to the healing process of the patient (Hu et al., 2019). Spiritual care is supposed to be a positive and delicate approach, whose foundation is on the trust and a good relationship between patients and nurses to ensure the best provision of care, and to support the patient’s hope and aspiration for a healthy and better life. Hope is essential for the patient as it influences factors such as adherence to treatment, reduces stress levels, and care-seeking behavior (Kaddourah et al., 2018).
Spirituality is very important for patients to ensure the provision of holistic care. Therefore, nurses need to address the spiritual needs of patients as this improves recovery from illness and contributes to better patient outcomes. It is thus important to integrate spiritual assessment in the patient’s care process in order to ensure that the spiritual needs of patients are addressed during care provision.
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Department of Nursing
Grading Criteria for Spirituality Reflective Journal Paper
You have been assigned required readings on spirituality in your course. You may choose one or more chapters from each assigned book to read. You will then write a reflection paper regarding your thoughts, meaningful ideas, feelings, and/or reactions, and the application of these to nursing practice or your own spiritual growth and self-care.
1. Paper is typed in at least 3 pages, double spaced and turned in on time via D2L or email to your professor, with coversheet title page in APA format; thoughtful, suitable title 10 Points
2. Introductory paragraph is attention-getting
3. Spelling, grammar, mechanics, and usage are correct throughout paper 10 Points
4. Thoughts are expressed in a coherent and logical manner. 20 Points
5. Viewpoints and interpretations are insightful, demonstrating an in-depth reflection. 20 Points
6. Concluding paragraph sums up information, reiterates ideas and opinions, and leaves reader with a call to action or something meaningful to remember 10 Points
7. Pertinent reference sources are skillfully woven throughout paper without over use of quotations but, rather, attempt to paraphrase 10 Points
8. References are properly cited in APA format with no plagiarism. 5 Points
9. At least 3 references are cited in paper, including a reference from current class assigned chapter readings in Mauk, a reading in an assigned chapter in White, and one journal article of your own choice. 5 Points
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Mauk, K. L., & Schmidt, N. K. (2004). Spiritual care in nursing practice. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.
White, E. G. (2011). The Ministry of healing. Guildford, UK: White Crow Books.
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