Spirituality According to My Worldview PHI 413:
A well-written post elaborating on your spirituality according to your worldview and the influence your conception of spirituality has in the way you care for patients. I agree as mentioned in your writing that, treating others as one would like to be treated, that humans share a close bond with nature, and we are all connected to each other is a vital component of relieving human suffering in the world as we all aim to help one another through tough times in life with support, guidance, and love as nurses do on a daily basis by incorporating patients faith and spirituality into their plan of care. I would like to expand on your post by mentioning the following, the acknowledgment and implementation of using patients religious or spiritual beliefs in their care facilitate a patient-centered experience during times of illness while promoting patients’ overall well-being and counteracting any forms of spiritual distress to optimize their state of health for the best outcomes. How can nurses assess patients’ spiritual needs? Nurses can assess if patient’s spiritual needs are unmet by observing and noting the following, if patients ask, “why is this happening?”, “why me?”, “who am I?”, or “how will I be remembered?” or if patients are withdrawn or isolated, seem afraid to be left alone, refuse care, and if they state they are scared or worried (Marie Curie, 2019, para. 8). After these quick assessments of areas regarding the patient’s spirituality, nurses can then further their assessment by utilizing a conversation tool with their patients to gain insightful information on assisting to help patients address their spiritual needs. The assessment tool to be utilized is known as “HOPE” based on the following questions that will be asked to the patient, Hope – “What are your sources of hope, strength, comfort, and peace?”, Organized religion – “Do you have a religion or faith? How important is your faith religion or faith to you?”, Personal spirituality and practices – “What do you do that gives you a sense of meaning and purpose in life? In what ways does this add to your sense of identity?”, and Effects on medical care and of life issues – “Has being unwell stopped you doing things that give your life meaning and purpose? Are there any specific practices we should know about in providing for your care?” (Marie Curie, 2019, para. 10). Nurses providing spiritual care by first performing these assessments allow for building of the nurse-patient relationship in trust and rapport and will give the patient a sense of being listened to and cared for based on their views. This approach of astute nursing fosters the patients’ health in the right direction of patient-centered care to achieve the best outcomes during states of illness.
Marie Curie. (2019). Providing spiritual care. https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/professionals/palliative-care-knowledge-zone/individual-needs/spirituality-end-life
What would spirituality be according to your own worldview? How do you believe that your conception of spirituality would influence the way in which you care for patients?
After reviewing the study material for this course, I am theists. According the study material and further research “Theists all believe in a single, personal, and relational God who is the creator and sustainer of all that exists. They all likewise believe in absolute truth and morality, and an afterlife.”( Theism, n.d.). I believe that believing in something greater than ourselves gives a meaning to life and helps the world look forward to living. A reason to live, to become a better person and of course family. I am Catholic but am not oppose to anyone’s spirituality or beliefs. I will never argue about their believes especially when it comes to my nursing profession. I have encountered with numerous backgrounds and religion. I simply listen to what family or patient have to say and respect their rituals. I have come to learn that accepting everyone’s individuality helps family and the patient grieve easier in acceptance to a dying patient or vulnerable state. What they all have in common is that they believe in something greater than just themselves. Religion and spirituality does not change the way I care for my patients, though it is painful to see family refuse a blood transfusion for a patient due to their religion, it is important to me to respect that choice, I care for patient as far as they will allow me to. I also believe that I do not need to go to church every Sunday to believe in God, Jesus, Virgin Mary, Saints, prayers, heaven/hell etc. I continue to hold my patient’s hand as well as their families. In the ICU unit I work I have seen many patients die, especially the elderly. When someone passes or is in the process of passing, I pray with family and embrace them in the grieving process. It does not matter if they are Christian, Catholic, Muslin, 7th Day Adventist, Jehovah Witness, etc. the only thing that matters in my eyes is to allow the patient to pass comfortably, knowing they are finally at peace, brings me peace as well.
Glossary Definition: Theism. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/faithandreason/theogloss/theism-body.html
According to Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary, it says a worldview is defined as “a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint” (Worldview, n.d.). For me personally, my spiritual worldview comes from my belief in Christianity. A Christian, or Biblical, worldview is based on my belief that the Bible is infallible and inerrant. I believe that Jesus lived a sinless life. I believe that God has always been omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent and still is today. He always has been and always will be. I believe that salvation is a free gift from God that cannot be earned and I also believe we exist on this earth to bring Him glory.There is a Bible verse that says “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24, ESV). Sometimes sharing the love of Christ can be in the form of compassionate care. This could be in many forms such as giving them time to verbalize their feelings toward an illness, physical touch like holding their hand, and offering the assistance of a chaplain as needed. I have had patients request that I pray for them and I have stayed in the room to pray when their pastor comes to visit.It is also very important to remember that not every patient shares the same beliefs. Some don’t believe in the same God and some don’t believe in a god at all and nurses must be mindful and respectful of that as well. Whether my patient shares my same belief system is irrelevant in the way I view them or provide care.
Worldview. (n.d.) In Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-