The lived experience of giving spiritual care: a phenomenological study of nephrology nurses working in acute and chronic hemodialysis settings.

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  • Grassley J
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The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of nephrology nurses giving spiritual care in acute and chronic hemodialysis settings. Ten nurses were interviewed. Five themes were identified: a) drawing close, b) drawing from the well of my spiritual resources, c), sensing the pain of spiritual distress, d) lacking resources to give spiritual care, and e) giving spiritual care is like diving down deep. The study findings suggest that patients and nurses draw close during the giving of spiritual care, that nurses have spiritual resources they use to prepare for and give spiritual care, and that giving spiritual care can have an emotional cost. These findings have implications for nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing research.

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  • Education, Nursing, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Nephrology
  • Nephrology: manpower
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nurses
  • Nurses: psychology
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Spirituality

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  • PUI: 368650173
  • ISSN: 1526-744X
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84875783564
  • SGR: 84875783564
  • PMID: 23469413


  • Belinda Deal

  • Jane S Grassley

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