Multidiscipline In Nursing

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The involvement of multidiscipline in the education of spiritual care for student nurses was outlined in two studies (Tiew et al. 2012, Cooper et al. 2013). Tiew et al. (2012) used a quantitative- descriptive, cross sectional design and Cooper et al. (2013) used quantitative and qualitative articles for their literature review. Reflection where students could contemplate and discuss together with teachers and nurses, and possibly chaplains from clinical rotation, is also reported to provide affirmation and support to students (Pesut 2008a, Mitchell et al. 2006). In Tiew et al (2012) study the findings pointed to the possibility that participants recognised their limitations and comfort level to provide spiritual care and viewed a multidisciplinary…show more content…
Chaplains and nurses share a common interest in providing care that attends to the spiritual and religious needs of patients (Weaver, et al., 2008). Chaplains and other such disciplines can provide further education and experiences for student nurses. As previously mentioned by Tiew et al. (2012) it also opens up another sources of support for student nurses. Chaplains could teach students spiritual care from their perspective, therefore assisting students to broader views of spiritual care when practising in the clinical area and to recognise when they need to refer spiritual care to them. In contrast in Van Leeuwen (2008) the students’ vision of holistic nursing care influenced their scoring on the subscale ‘referral to professionals’. This outcome suggested that students think spiritual care must first be addressed by pastors, hospital chaplains and other disciplines, and when nurses assess a patient’s spiritual problem or needs, they should refer the patient to an expert and not provide the care themselves. This outcome could also confirm the frequent ambiguity detected in nurses’ sense of responsibility for spiritual care (McSherry 2007, Van Leeuwen et al. 2006), which has led to a lack of clarity about the position of the subject of spirituality within nursing. Furthermore by involving other disciplines in…show more content…
This is very evident in Timmins et al (2014) quantitative study exploring the extent of inclusion of spirituality and spiritual care concepts in core nursing textbooks, in which five hundred and forty three books were sampled from the Nursing and Midwifery Core Collection list. It revealed that the majority of books in the nursing core collection made no reference to the selected spirituality related terms and that there was little consistency in the core nursing textbooks with regard to direction for providing spiritual care. This highlights the lack of consistent education for student nurses in the provision of spiritual care. Fundamental textbooks used by nurses and nursing students ought to inform and guide integrated spiritual care and reflect a more holistic approach to nursing care. The religious and/or spiritual needs of an increasingly diverse community need to be taken seriously within scholarly texts so that this commitment to individual clients' needs can be mirrored in practice (Timmins & Neill, 2013 and Timmins et al.
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