Publication Date

5-1-2004

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Chia-Ling Mao

Second Advisor

Colleen O'Leary-Kelley

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between nurses' spiritual well-being (using the JAREL Spiritual-Well Being Scale) and their perspectives of spiritual care (using the Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale). Both instruments use Likert-scale ratings. An additional survey obtained general demographic information including an item regarding spirituality in nursing in-service participation. A total of 130 registered nurses (23%) participated in the study. The data was analyzed using SPSS in which a Pearson's r correlation was performed on the JAREL and SSCRS scores. The results were statistically significant for a positive correlation between nurses' spiritual well-being and perspectives of spiritual care (r = 0.43, p < .01) demonstrating that a portion of the nurses' spiritual care perspectives can be attributed to their spiritual well-being. The results underscore the need for academic and post-professional spirituality training for nurses as well as collaboration of the health care team and administrative support.

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