Date of Award

2010

Publication Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Sc.

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Linda Patrick

Second Advisor

Sharon McMahon

Third Advisor

Vicky Paraschak

Keywords

Philosophy, religion and theology, Health and environmental sciences

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

Purpose: To examine the lived experience of spirituality in Hospice Palliative Care Nurses (HPCN) Significance: Contribute to the overall definition of spirituality from nurses' perspectives. Methods: Existential Phenomenology using the approach developed by Thomas & Pollio (2002); six participants engaged in a one hour interview and reported their perceptions about spirituality. Results: Three common themes were identified by the participants when defining spirituality; 1) strength 2) spirituality as being different from organized religion and 3) spirituality gives meaning and purpose in life. Six global themes were also identified: 1) professional self, 2) reflective self, 3) the nurse's relationship with god, 4) the patient/family journey and the nurse's role, 5) time in the profession of hospice palliative care, 6) being present. Conclusions: Results of this study can inform nursing curricula and positively influence nursing practice by increasing our understanding of the perception of spirituality in hospice/palliative care nurses.

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