Spiritual Care Competence

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A study to assess the effectiveness of spiritual care training program for nurses on their spiritual care competence.
6.1 Introduction

Provision of holistic care to patients is primarily an ethical and legal responsibility of nurses. They have identified the importance of enhancing patient’s spiritual health. Well known nursing theories coined by nursing leaders have clearly identified the significance of spiritual component in quality care. Formally spiritual care has been included in nursing curricula and nursing codes, but educational institutions in nursing shows little interest and attention to the development of competence of students in this domain of care. This result in lack of clarity with the concept of spiritual nursing
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SCTP was planned in consultation with continuing nursing education department. Training program was conducted in two batches of 25 each
Phase II: Training program (SCTP) of 10 hours duration was implemented. It included topics on – Introduction to spiritual care in nursing, Grief and patients responses, spiritual values in human relation, nursing process application in relation to spiritual needs, Professional standards and quality assurance in spiritual care-nurses role. Other than lectures with powerpoint presentation ,group exercises on value clarification, self awareness and development of nursing care plan based on a case scenario ,were given to study participants for two days (5hrs/day).The training program was completed in four days.

Phase III : Pamphlets and flyers on nurses role in spiritual care were used for reinforcement. Pamphlets were distributed to participants on the 10th day after SCTP and on 15th day flyers were displayed on the notice boards of concerned units. On completing training program, post- test data were collected on 10th day, 15th day and 20th
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It shows the mean, median, 25 percentile, 75 percentile, the minimum value and the maximum value and the outliers. Median value were 15, 21, 21 and 26 respectively for pre test 1, post- test 1,2 and 3. A significant difference was found between the scores obtained by nurses in pre-test 1 and post-test 1,2 and 3 on the domain 6.(P< 0.001). Dunn’s test used for multiple comparison of post tests scores with that of pre test in this domain has shown a significant difference in the scores obtained in pre-test when compared to post- test 1,2 and
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