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The most interesting aspect to me was the article, The Role of Spirituality in Health Care. I agree with the statement that over the years the “technological advances of the past century tended to change the focus of medicine from a caring service-oriented model to a technological, cure-oriented model” (Puchalski, 2001, pp. 352). I think that the spiritual side of healthcare has been forgotten or overlooked for many years and I am glad to see that it is coming back into practice. I found it interesting that when performing several observational studies, it was shown that there might be a connection between people living longer who have regular spiritual practices. A cited example, patients with advanced cancer who found comfort from their religious and spiritual beliefs were more satisfied with their lives, were happier, and had less pain. Spirituality is an essential part of the “existential domain” measured in quality-of-life scores. Positive reports on those measure a meaningful personal existence, fulfillment of life goals, and a feeling that life to that point had been worthwhile correlated with a good quality of life for patients with advanced disease (Puchalski, 2001).
I personally think spirituality is an individual thing, yet in nursing as a nurse, one ought to accept all spirituality belief from every patient cared for. I am religiously spiritual, if I can put it that way. I believe in miracles, as well as believe that healing comes from God. So, with this, with my initiation of care I always start with a prayer in my mind regardless the patient spirituality. If I am lucky to have the same belief with the patient, then we pray together. Although some people turn to be more spiritual after an advanced illness, some spirituality are religiously rooted.
Perspectives on healing come from health-care practitioners, patients, priests, rabbis, energy practitioners, spiritual healers, people close to death, people living with pain and other chronic illnesses, people who have suffered abuse and neglect, and those who have suffered hardship such as divorce, miscarriage, or death of a child. Healing results in positive change, finding meaning, and the realization of wholeness. These consequences differentiate healing from cure in that cure may occur without the patient finding meaning or realizing wholeness of mind-body-spirit. Healing results in positive changes at many levels, including but not limited to physical health. Improvements in mental, emotional, social, or spiritual harmony are examples of healing outcomes. The positive change that occurs in healing is not limited to the event at hand but continues as the person progresses through life. A common outcome of healing is a reinterpretation of the event or situation that provides meaning and transcends the situation. It may include understanding and reinterpreting one’s condition such that a new sense of purpose is found. For some, meaning is found in their actual illness. Others find it through helping others (Firth, et al., 2015).
Firth, K., Smith, K., Sakallaris, B. R., Bellanti, D. M., Crawford, C., & Avant, K. C. (2015). Healing, a Concept Analysis. Global advances in health and medicine, 4(6), 44-50. doi: 10.7453/gahmj.2015.056