The Role of the Nurse in Providing Spiritual Care: A Case Study Approach to Exploring Specific Care Provision by Healthcare Workers in the Context of an Interdisciplinary Healthcare Team

  • Sílvia Caldeira
  • Joana Romeiro
  • Helga Martins


The role of nurses within the multidisciplinary healthcare team is to support patients as they navigate health-illness transition. As the discipline has grown, so too has the knowledge that informs nursing practices. Nursing process relates to nursing clinical reasoning when caring for patients as individuals in a holistic paradigm, from assessment to outcomes evaluation, which should include spiritual needs. This chapter will:
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    Explore nursing care, outlining heritage and theories.

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    Describe spiritual care, particularly that provided by nurses.

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    Provide instruments (scales and classifications) for performing nursing process, based on a case.



Spirituality Nursing theories Nursing assessment Nursing diagnosis Holistic nursing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sílvia Caldeira
    • 1
  • Joana Romeiro
    • 1
  • Helga Martins
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Health Sciences, Catholic University of PortugalLisbonPortugal

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