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Spiritual Care Intervention 

Spiritual Care Intervention
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Spiritual Care Intervention
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William Rosa

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0035
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date: 18 October 2019

Spirituality is one of the primary unifying forces of the human experience. It inextricably links us as human beings of the global village across cultures, continents, faith traditions, genders, socioeconomic differences, and the continuum of wellness–illness. Spiritual care addresses the suffering inherent to the human experience and seeks to mitigate the deeply painful consequences of loss (of autonomy, relationships, health, etc.), hopelessness and/or isolation, recognizing one’s mortality, or feeling unseen, unheard, unacknowledged, or voiceless. Effective spiritual care intervention requires a level of awareness and attention beyond the clinical data and rote nature of traditional nursing tasks. Through compassion in action and the intelligent use of a broad spectrum of modalities and communication methods, the nurse can create a healing environment that alleviates spiritual distress and promotes spiritual well-being. Love is the ultimate spiritual care intervention—the moral/ethical foundation of nursing: the holy work of touching bodies and spirits and souls.

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