Spiritual Perspective, Mindfulness, and Spiritual Care Practice of Hospice and Palliative Nurses

Patricia Ricci-Allegra, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC


Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 2018;20(2):172-179. 

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Spiritual care is essential for patients and families who can have increased spiritual needs given the realities of facing a life-limiting illness or at the end of life.[32] Even though this study did not find a correlation between spiritual perspective and spiritual care, clinical practice guidelines[4] and the HPNA Position Statement on Spiritual Care[3] maintain health care professionals should acknowledge and explore their own spiritual perspective. Trait mindfulness of these hospice and palliative nurses impacted their spiritual care practice. Understanding factors that can impact spiritual care provision has implications for practice and education. This study adds to an emerging body of evidence suggesting clinician mindfulness can impact patient care.