Spiritual practices have always played a pivotal role in society, and they remain important in the 21st century. As you have mentioned, one of the purposes of such practices is to alleviate pain and grief. Regardless of the specific religion, spiritual care provides a sense of meaning and purpose in seemingly dire situations. People pray when they feel desperate about their situation or their beloved ones. Accordingly, a nurse must help them through hard times, which includes spiritual care practices. Ellington et al. (2017) emphasize the importance of such care in the case of cancer patients. Indeed, proper support is an indispensable element of holistic care, and nurses must do everything they can to ensure the patients’ comfort. I agree that the correct implementation of spiritual care can lead to a boost in treatment, helping people recover at a quicker pace.
Indeed, it is important to find out about a patient’s worldview and beliefs upon admission. In addition, I agree that the ability to listen and accept any spiritual perspective is a valuable quality for a nurse. Patients must feel that they are recognized acknowledged, as positivity promotes quick recovery. As a nurse, I must be able to accept any point of view as long it fits the universal understanding of morals. This point is particularly important in the case of end-of-life care when the patient’s comfort becomes a key aspect. Every person deserves to have their opinion considered, which is why advance care planning is such a popular concept today. According to Zwakman et al. (2018), it may be unpleasant to discuss an action plan in case of one’s death or incapacitation, but this process yields substantial results. From a nurse’s perspective, it is crucial to ensure that all decisions made within the framework of advance care planning are considered, even though they may contradict the nurse’s views.
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Zwakman, M., Jabbarian, L. J., van Delden, J. J. M., van der Heide, A., Korfage, I. J., Pollock, K., Rietjens, J. A. C., Seymour, J., & Kars, M. C. (2018). Advance care planning: A systematic review about experiences of patients with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness. Palliative Medicine, 32(8), 1305–1321. Web.