Nurses consider spirituality to be a fundamental aspect or nursing but want more guidance on the issue, according to study findings.
The RCN surveyed 4,054 of its members in March 2010 in what it believes is the largest UK survey to date on nurses’ perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care.
The authors said: “Nurses recognise that attending to the spiritual needs of patients enhances the overall quality of nursing care.
“However… the majority of nurses still feel they require more guidance and support from governing bodies to enable them to support and effectively meet their patients’ spiritual needs.”
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