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Spiritual Care Concept Paper

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Spiritual care of a patient is an essential aspect of nursing practice because it greatly impacts individual’s ability to heal. Understanding spiritual concepts and the meaning they hold for both the provider and patient alike, yields best possible care, because knowing what both individuals understand and expect will allow for thorough assessment and adequate delivery of healthcare. Nurse practitioner (NP) must “practice with compassion and respect for inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person” (Winland-Brown, Lachman, Swanson, 2015). In this spiritual concept paper, humility is defined as an action of placing the needs of others before own, while doing so without arrogance and superiority. In an effort to support stated…show more content…
According to the online Oxford Dictionary (2017) humility is a noun and refers to “the quality of having a modest or low view of one's importance.” Additionally, dictionary offers the following synonyms to further understand it’s meaning and the circumstances in which they maybe used: “modesty, humbleness, modestness, meek, lack of pride, lack of vanity, diffidence, and unassertiveness.” Similarly, though with more precision, online Merriam Webster Dictionary (2017) defines humility as “freedom from pride or arrogance,” and “the quality or state of being humble.” It is often easy to say, “Be humble!” but what does humble look like? It addition to the secular understanding of the word, Christian worldview calls for the study of the Bible and it’s stance on the concept of humility through close examination of the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) alike. It is through the close examination of these sacred books one can develop true appreciation for the concept of humility and acquire needed attributes that may aid NP in offering healing in a healthcare setting not only to patients but to colleagues as well as own
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