spiritual care

  1. As an O.R. nurse I'm so tired of checking patients only to find that their spiritual care hasent been addressed by the unit nurses. I'ts amazing the amount of patients who ask to see their priest, minister, rabbi , ect, ect. This should be taken care of by the nurses on the unit where the patient can have a quiet moment with their priest or whoever. Instead they end up in a busy reception area with only a curtain around them getting a quick blessing. What's going on on the units nurses?, what about spiritual care?
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Unfortunately, most med/surg nurses don't get much training along those lines. I took a course in Spirituality in Nursing while I was in school, and that course has been invaluable to me over the course of my career, but it wasn't part of the curriculum. Also, I think a lot of nurses aren't really comfortable with their own spirituality, and thus have a problem discussing such issues with others.
  4. by   live4today
    On our admission assessment paperwork is a question that addresses the patient's spirituality, so on our med/surg/telemetry/cardiac unit the question is ALWAYS addressed and so noted on the form.

    Many of our admissions come straight from ER, yet the question is never addressed in ER either where I work....along with much of the admission paperwork where it is at least suppose to be started.
  5. by   Jazzi82
    Meeting the needs of my patients are very high on my list of things that must be done. I work with the elderly and many deaths occur. As a Christian I feel if they indicate they need spiritual assistance it is my responsibility to take action, especially since many have such little time left. I am never pushy and I take my cue from the patient.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    We have our yellow admission assessment form that gets done first, which consists of the admission vitals, height, weight, health history, allergies, etc. Then the next one is the purple sheet, which covers the spiritual needs. Both are ALWAYS filled out immediately.