Nurses’ and Nursing Assistants’ Perceptions of Spiritual Healthcare

Spiritual Healthcare Services in Acute Cardiovascular Wards

Authors

  • Victor Sulaiman Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
  • S. H. Cedar London South Bank University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.36381

Keywords:

Assessment, spiritual care services

Abstract

Healthcare chaplains in hospital have a number of roles, many of which may not be known. Whether staff are aware of healthcare provisions and the roles of the spiritual healthcare services will influence the use of these services for patients and, of course, for staff themselves. If staff are not aware of chaplains' roles this may affect the ability of chaplains to carry out their full range of roles and provide the care needed for patients and staff.


We investigated nursing and nursing assistants' awareness of spiritual healthcare services in a cardio-vascular department, consisting of six wards and an outpatient clinic, in a central London tertiary NHS Trust hospital. Of the 184 members of staff that are nurses or nursing assistants, 78 filled in our questionnaires (42%). These questionnaires provided descriptive quantitative data to gauge awareness of spiritual healthcare services and provide information for which services needed development. By using the questionnaire, we also hoped to raise awareness of the services provided.

Author Biographies

Victor Sulaiman, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Victor Sulaiman is a Generic Chaplain on the Cardiovascular Unit, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

S. H. Cedar, London South Bank University

S. H. Cedar is Associate Professor & Reader and Head of the End of Life Care Research Group, School of Health & Social Care, London South Bank University, London, UK.

References

Austin P D, Macleod R, Siddall P J, McSherry W & Egan R, (2016) The Ability of Hospital Staff to Recognise and Meet Patients’ Spiritual Needs: A Pilot Study Journal for the Study of Spirituality 6 (1 ) 20-37

Austin P D, Macleod R, Siddall P J, McSherry W & Egan R (2017) Spiritual care training is needed for clinical and non-clinical staff to manage patients’ spiritual needs Journal for the Study of Spirituality 7 (1) 50-63

Bowling A (2005) Mode of questionnaire administration can have serious effects on data quality Journal of Public Health, 27 (3) 281–291

Cedar SH (2017) Homoeostasis and vital signs: their role in health and its restoration. Nursing Times 113: 8, 32-35.

Cedar SH, Mitchell J, Watts, J, Hilborn M (2018) Do oncology Outpatients need chaplaincy? Journal of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy. Journal of Health & Social Care Chaplaincy (in press)

Kim, K; Bauck, A; Monroe, A; Mallory, M; Aslakson, R (2017) Critical Care Nurses’ Perceptions of and Experiences with Chaplains: Implications for Nurses’ Role in Providing Spiritual Care Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: February 2017 - Volume 19 - Issue 1 - p 41–48

Kitson A, Marshall A, Bassett K, Zeitz K (2013) What are the core elements of patient-centred care? A narrative review and synthesis of the literature from health policy, medicine and nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Volume 69, Issue 1 Pages 4–15

Paal P; Helo Y; Frick E (2015) Spiritual Care Training Provided to Healthcare Professionals: A Systematic Review Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling Vol. 69(1) 19–30

Puchalski C M., Blatt B, Kogan M, Butler A (2014) Spirituality and Health: The Development of a Field Academic Medicine, Vol. 89, No. 1

Pujol N, Jobin G, Beloucif S (2016) ‘Spiritual care is not the hospital’s business’: a qualitative study on the perspectives of patients about the integration of spirituality in healthcare settings. Journal of Medical Ethics. 42: 733–737

Ross L; J Austin (2015) Spiritual needs and spiritual support preferences of people with end-stage heart failure and their carers: implications for nurse. Managers Journal of Nursing Management, 2015, 23, 87–95

Swift C, Cobb M; Todd A (2014) A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies: Understanding Spiritual Care in Public Places. Ashgate.

Swift C (2015) NHS England NHS Chaplaincy Guidelines 2015: Promoting Excellence in Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care

Swift C (2016) Hospital chaplaincy in the twenty-first century: The crisis of spiritual care on the NHS. Taylor and Francis/Routledge

Timmins F, Caldeira S, Murphy M, Pujol N, Sheaf G, Weathers E, Whelan J & Flanagan B (2017): The Role of the Healthcare Chaplain: A Literature Review, Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy

Turner P (2017) A theoretical framework of holism and health. Insights in biomedicine 2(1) doi

De Vries R,; Berlinger N, CADGE W (2008) Lost in Translation: The Chaplain's Role in Health Care The Hastings Center Report 38 (6) 23-27

Published

2019-04-26

How to Cite

Sulaiman, V., & Cedar, S. (2019). Nurses’ and Nursing Assistants’ Perceptions of Spiritual Healthcare: Spiritual Healthcare Services in Acute Cardiovascular Wards. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 7(1), 28-36. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.36381

Issue

Section

Research