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Experiences of Spirituality and Spiritual Values in the Context of Nursing: An Integrative Review
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, postgraduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3593-4511
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level. Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Kongsberg.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0305-8649
Ansgar College and Theological Seminary, Kristiansand, Norway.
2014 (English)In: Open Nursing Journal, ISSN 1874-4346, E-ISSN 1874-4346, Vol. 8, 64-70 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Spirituality is often mistakenly equated with religion but is in fact a far broader concept. The aim of this integrative review was to describe experiences of the positive impact of spirituality and spiritual values in the context of nursing. The analysis was guided by Whittemore and Knafl’s integrative review method. The findings revealed seven themes: ‘Being part of a greater wholeness’, ‘Togetherness − value based relationships’, ‘Developing inner strength’, ‘Ministering to patients’, ‘Maintaining one’s sense of humanity’, ‘Viewing life as a gift evokes a desire to ‘give back’’ and ‘Achieving closure − life goes on’. It is difficult to draw definite conclusions, as spirituality involves many perspectives on various levels of awareness. However, spirituality was considered more inclusive, fluid and personal. Furthermore, it emerged that spirituality and spiritual values in the context of nursing are closely intertwined with the concept of caring.

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Bentham Science Publishers , 2014. Vol. 8, 64-70 p.
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Humanity, integrative review, inner strength, spirituality, togetherness, wholeness.
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7305DOI: 10.2174/1874434601408010064PubMedID: 25598856Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84928944632OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7305DiVA: diva2:784808
Available from: 2015-01-30 Created: 2015-01-30 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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