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Using research skills to inform the teaching of spirituality

Hawley, G. and Taylor, P.C. (2003) Using research skills to inform the teaching of spirituality. Nurse Education in Practice, 3 (4). pp. 204-211.

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Spirituality, a basic characteristic of all people, is vital to health (Carson 1989; DeLaune 1998) and therefore knowledge about this phenomenon is important for nurses. Australia's population has been defined as multicultural with successive Governments encouraging the maintenance of peoples' cultural heritage. Moreover, the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) state that nurses will meet the spiritual needs of individual patients (ACHS 1995,1997). The difficulty for Australian nurses is that no research has been conducted to ascertain the spiritual needs of patients and/or clients from the differing multicultural groups. In order to gain knowledge and understanding of patients and/or clients' spiritual needs I utilised the research skills of data collection and analysis. I then used the embodied themes from the data to inform my teaching in order that students would gain applicable knowledge and understanding about spirituality that was inclusive of the various multicultural groups. Although this project was conducted in Western Australia, the method could be adopted by nurses elsewhere in order to understand more about the spirituality of the population in which they practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 2003 Elsevier Ltd
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