Advanced Practice Nurse Implications. Spiritual Assessment

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Advanced Practice Nurse Implications Spiritual assessment and care of a patient at each medical or psychiatric appointment is an essential aspect of providing adequate care by all NPs. To be able to do so, NP must understand that spirituality and religiosity are not synonymous. Unlike the concept of religion, which defined by the online Oxford dictionary (2017) as “The belief in a worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods,” spirituality holds various definitions depending on whom you ask. According to Taylor (2002; who credits Reed [1992]) “…spirituality refers to that part of being human that seeks meaningfulness through intra-, inter-, and transpersonal connection (p. 10). Therefore, rapport with each…show more content…
578). de Vries suggests that humility is “mysterious and eludes literal interpretation” therefore it is “not possible to identify, or grasp, in its entirety the phenomenon of humility” (p. 578). Equally, Castledine (2011) states, “The trouble with humility is that it is a very humble virtue to have and one that cannot be easily rated in the same way as other values in life” (p. 527). Likewise, Srokosz (2013) suggests, “humility is difficult to define and a clear scientific understanding of humility does not exist yet” (p. 103). Similarly, Crigger and Godfrey (2010) review of literature offer two reasons for the lack of “scholarly interests in humility”: (a) original meaning of the term humble, “narrow sense of having a low estimation of one’s self and being of little value, the notion of humility conflicts with modern conceptions of the self” and (b) its religious affiliation “may also dampen the benefit of acquiring or nursing humility, particularly in the US culture…” (p. 311-312). Notwithstanding, de Vries (2004) examined humility by applying qualitative approach in order to explore the following two objectives: (a) “To describe how washing feet is a participatory experience, and (b) “To describe how the experience of washing feet can change the relationship between nurse and patient (p. 580). Utilizing a sample size of seven post-registered nurses as participants de Vries concludes

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