Spiritual Assessment NUR 645E Grand Canyon University April 3, 2013 Abstract Evidence has linked a strong relationship between spirituality and medicine. There is a positive correlation between a patient’s spirituality or religious commitment and health outcomes. A spiritual assessment as a part of a health assessment is a practical step to incorporating patient’s spiritual needs into practice. The FICA Tool and HOPE Questions provide serve to assist clinicians in the spiritual assessment process. By examining the research done using these tools, it has been determined that the FICA Tool is easy to use and provides basic data on a patient’s spirituality. The FICA tool is both reliable and valid. The HOPE Questions are
My Christian faith has been a cornerstone throughout my life, calming and supporting me within the trials of life. My faith has reminded me and taught me, that my achievements are not my own, rather, they are a gift from God. This is something I have often struggled with, pride controlling and limiting the growth within my life. However, through the refinement of my faith, as well as having great mentors and examples, I now understand that these gifts I have are given, are gifts, not a result of anything I have done or could do. Within the classroom, my faith aids me as it reminds me that I am called to work heartily in all areas of life, in addition to being a good steward of the abilities which God has given to me. Throughout the stressful times and the hard times I can also remember that God is going to love me no matter what, and perhaps remembering this, and keeping
Spiritual Assessment Grand Canyon University: HLT 310 January 20, 2013 Spirituality is a delicate topic, and some may not be open to talking about their beliefs. Spirituality is generally understood to be an essential aspect of being human (Lyndo-Lam, 2012). Assessing the spiritual needs of patients is a key component in the nursing process. A compassionate and thoughtful nurse can make a patient feel more secure, making it easier for him to express his spirituality. The participation of both patient and health care provider is vital in promoting spiritual health. The main focus of a spiritual assessment is to gather information regarding the patient’s spiritual needs in order incorporate them into the plan of care, so as to treat
The Christian Faith, the belief of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead through the holy spirit (ghost). The Christian faith has different denominations, or basically different branches or groups of the christian faith. The top three denominations of Christianity are, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Pentecostalism/Charismatic. In 2012, roughly 43,000 denominations existed. By 2025, people have estimated that there will be 55,000 denominations. These three questions, why the multitude of different denominations, does it matter what denomination an individual belongs to, what differences exist between denominations, will be answered.
I think that in order to care for the patient in a complete and holistic way, it is of utmost importance that we take into consideration not only their more obvious physical needs, but also their emotional and spiritual needs.
Running head: THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT TOOL The Spiritual Needs Assessment Tool Grand Canyon University Spirituality in Health Care HLT-310V September 06, 2011 The Spiritual Needs Assessment Tool For health care providers to deliver the best holistic care that patients deserve, a thorough spiritual assessment must be included during their care. With more research showing
The Spirituality Scavenger Hunt gave me a different, unique perspective of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, my new school. When going to IUPUI I was not surrounded by spirituality like I am here. I never took time to tour my beautiful school, let alone understand the meaning behind it. As my group went around and gave their definition of spirituality, it broadened the way I think about God and why things happen the way they do. The most important take-away from this great experience, is not to judge someone on their beliefs and values. Everyone sees and thinks about things differently, and I really learned a breathtaking lesson from my fellow classmates. I learned new ways of practicing spirituality during our scavenger hunt. I learned that I can practice
What is a Spiritual Journal? A spiritual journal is an honest record of my spiritual journey. This is my place to record my prayers and hopes, struggles and hurts, thoughts and questions about my personal and spiritual life. This is where I document how God is speaking in my life. A journal is a tool that can help me go back and recall the times I wandered, the things I've learned and places where I grew up as a Christian.
I am glad that you are all settled up in your new dormitory! I hope you have a great time in college with all your very interesting classes I am certain that everything will go according to God’s plan. A worldview is the way someone perceives the earth around them, everyone has a worldview in our case it is a Christian worldview. Many worldviews clash and collide against each other; some of them believe that there is only one god while others believe in many gods. We as Christians believe in God the creator who spoke everything into existence. Doug, throughout your college life you will encounter many different worldviews, although some may sound appealing remember that God is the only way to reach heaven and eternal life. Remember in Deuteronomy 4:35, 39 - “Unto thee it was
This involves understanding each patient’s personal meaning of disease and how it influences their values and beliefs (REF 1). There exist many tools designed to assess spiritualty; however, it is debated whether spirituality can truly be quantifiably measured due to its purely personal nature (REF 2). With this in mind, recent research on spirituality suggests that nurses use no formal assessment for spiritual needs (REF 2). Instead, assessment should be carried out through methods that help the patient reflect on their disease, values, and beliefs; as the patient reflects, the nurse should closely observe for clues indicative of spiritual needs (REF 2). Indeed, from my own experience, discovering a patient’s spiritual needs is deeply rooted in a transcendent connection based on profound compassion. This involves skilled communication and sensitivity on the nurses part (REF 3). The proper use of these skills will encourage the patient to share their deep wishes and concerns, and allow the nurse to pick up on cues that could lead to the recognition of a spiritual need (REF 3). Through proper assessment, nurses can glean an understanding of their patient’s personal sense of spirituality, and plan care that addresses those
The term ‘religious experience’ can come up with a wide range and diverse series of images. We might assume that it can include anything from a prayer, to attending a service at a place of worship, to even ‘hearing the voice of God’. The argument for the existence of God based on religious experience is in fact a posteriori as it is based on people’s encounters with God. Unlike other arguments, the argument is based on a direct link to God - if we are able to show that God is experienced then we therefore cannot deny his existence. Many people are more likely to believe something if it has been experienced. Our experience of God is the best evidence we have that God exists.
Being a spiritual person is someone whose highest priority is to be loving to yourself and others. A spiritual person cares about people, animals and the planet and continually tries to honor this. A research institute at UCLA conducted a longitudinal study to evaluate the spirituality of college students during their under graduate years. The study found, that most students between their freshman and junior years overall level of spirituality increased. The non-for-profit business, Hannah’s House, is “a maternity home that provides a safe environment, programming and support for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of pregnant young women.”(HH) This organization not only can help pregnant women, but also can encourage college students
Traveling not only affords one with a break from everyday life, but with the opportunity to grow intellectually as a person. I am one of the lucky individuals who can say that they have visited every continent excluding Antarctica. Traveling often broadens my perspective of what humanity truly is, and
5 Ways Metaphysical Locations Open the Path to Spiritual Enlightenment Spiritual enlightenment won’t just come and tap you on the shoulder. You must want IT…seek IT…and embark upon your soul’s journey.
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us” (Campbell, n.d.). Spirituality has many definitions, for many people of different ages, genders religions and cultural backgrounds, having spirituality has proven to improve quality of life and patient outcomes. The concept of spirituality, clarification of its meaning, in addition to its influence on patient outcomes will be explored using Walker and Avant’s Concept Analysis Method (2012) The aim of this paper is to gain a deeper understanding of how patients, nurses and people from all religions and cultures understand the concept of ‘spirituality’.