Nursing Assessment : Spiritual Care Essay
In order to understand how the nurse’s presence can affect health outcomes, it is necessary to appreciate the distinction between spirituality and religion. Although these concepts are different, they are related.
Religion can be thought of as the shared experience of spirituality or as values, beliefs, and practices that people adopt to meet spiritual needs through religious affiliation, church attendance, prayer, religious beliefs, and religious practices (Highfield, 2000). Therefore, religious beliefs and practices focus more on the sacred, whereas the focus of spirituality is more on the self (Rumbold, 2003). (Skalla & McCoy, 2006, p. 745)
Describe the Patient/Family An 83-year-old female diagnosed with stage IV Ovarian cancer is the focus of the assessment. She never married and has no children of her own. She…