Watch this space: Reverend David Southall will be contributing a regular blog to help nurses gain confidence in providing holistic care
Spiritual care is an important part of holistic care and nurses should be equipped and confident in providing this element as part of their practice. However, anecdotally and in research, it seems there is still a misunderstanding of what spiritual and religious care encompass and it is often left merely to the palliative care stream. This, and research on the subject, suggests nurses are often ill at ease with discussing spiritual care with patients and, because of this, spiritual assessment and care are downplayed.
I am Chaplaincy Team Leader at Worcestershire Acute NHS trust and was previously an RMN and CPN in Birmingham, specialising in drug misuse and dual diagnosis (mental health and substance misuse). I have previously published articles in peer reviewed journals and am founder of the Chaplain’s Blog and initiator of the Social Media Twitter site @WeChaplains, which seeks to provide a forum for anyone interested in enhancing spiritual care provision for patients.
I have a passion to see spiritual care fully implemented within the nursing process and given a higher profile within nursing practice and training.
With this regular column, I aim to significantly raise the profile of spiritual care as part of the role of the nurse with the concomitant benefit of enhancing patient care and experience.
To find out more, please visit my blog www.revdavidsouthall.com
Reverend Dr. David Southall