Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Rosalie E. Tuttle
Kevin Twain Lowery
H. Stanton Tuttle
Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Faith Integration
Nurses are challenged to delivery holistic care to their patients by the accreditation agencies. Holistic care includes care for the mind, body, and the spirit. The purpose of the study was to explore the perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care of practicing Registered Nurses (RNs) in a faith based and non-faith based hospital in the Midwest in order to increase self-awareness among practicing RNs. The research was guided by three questions: 1. What differences exist in the perceptions of spirituality among practicing RNs in a faith based and non-faith based hospital? 2. What differences exist in the perceptions of spiritual care among practicing RNs in a faith based and non-faith based hospital? 3. What relationship exists between the RNs who practice religion and do not practice religion and the perception of meeting the spiritual needs of the patient? A convenience sample of for the faith-based hospital was n = 209 and for the non-faith based hospital was n = 206. Data was analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U and a Chi- Square. The results demonstrated that there was a significant difference in spirituality and spiritual care in a faith based and non-faith based hospital. The results did not demonstrate a relationship between RNs’ who practice religion and do not practice religion and the perception of meeting the spiritual needs of the patient.
Connerton, Charlotte S. Ed.D., RN, FCN, CNE, "Perceptions of Spiritual Care in Nursing" (2016). Ed.D. Dissertations. 96.
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