There is an urgent need for advance practice nurses (APNs) to address the spirituality of their older adult patients. Spirituality can help a person cope with challenging problems. The purpose of this research study was to develop a nursing model for the implementation of spiritual care in adult primary health care settings by APNs. The study design was a descriptive, qualitative study incorporating both a grounded theory approach and a phenomenological approach. Interviews were conducted with five older adult patients, three APNs, four community spiritual leaders/educators, and two Benedictine nuns. The results demonstrated that as the nurse-patient relationship grows and develops interpersonally, the opportunity often presents for the APN to enter and explore the patient's spiritual belief system and develop an interspiritual relationship with the patient. The nursing model demonstrates that as the nurse and patient grow in relationship, they can also grow into spirit. The APN is able to use the patient's spiritual system as a support resource for helping the patient cope with problems. The nursing model provides spiritual care nursing guidance for APNs through a spiritual assessment tool, language suggestions for spiritual care, and evidence based concepts for providing spiritual care.There is an area in the center of the VIN diagram where all three circles interconnect. This is the interspiritual realm where the APN, the patient, and their spirituality interconnect. Again, this interspiritual area may be large or small dependinganbsp;...
|Title||:||Development of a Nursing Model for the Implementation of Spiritual Care in Adult Primary Health Care Settings|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2006|