What is spirituality? This is a popular topic in nursing schools, clinical settings, and many large healthcare systems. In a culture that embraces tolerance and questions absolute truth, Christian nurses may feel uncertain about giving spiritual care consistent with their beliefs.
Author Susan Salladay tackles this issue in her free article, "Confident Spiritual Care in a Postmodern World," from the Journal of Christian Nursing, April – June 2011.
"Contemporary nursing often understands spirituality as a focus on the inner self and feelings of connectedness to a higher being, nature, or a greater purpose," Susan writes. "Generic understandings of spirituality apply to patients of any religious tradition (or none) and resonate with nurses in today's postmodern worldview. This type of spirituality appears both broad and broad-minded."
This presents a conflict for Christian nurses who try to reconcile this view of spirituality with the teaching of Jesus. Susan exhorts us to be sensitive to postmodern perceptions without being intimidated by them.
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