Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type

Project – Full Written

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Tina Lewis


Empirical research has identified emerging evidence concerning the value and importance of spirituality in the provision of nursing care. Spiritual well-being has important implications for a patient’s well-being and there is evidence that points to the association between spirituality, individual healthcare outcomes, and quality of life (QOL). Assisting patients in meeting their spiritual needs is also recognized internationally. Despite the fact that spiritual care is an essential part of nursing care, there remains a gap concerning spiritual care practices in the nursing clinical environment. The magnitude of the problem has to do with the lack of spiritual care education training. This deficit has significant implications on the quality of life of the chronically ill patient. Spiritual care provides a sense of strength and support that chronically ill patients can draw from. This allows for improved quality of life. Developing competency to be able to care for patients with spiritual issues, continues to be a challenge in the clinical environment. One of the most important approaches to ensure the proper delivery of spiritual care to patients dealing with their chronic illness is through ongoing educational training for nurses in the clinical environment. This training will allow for competency in spiritual care delivery.

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