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Spiritual Dimensions of Nurse Practitioner Consultations in Family Practice

Melanie Rogers, Janet Hargreaves, John Wattis
Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association 2019 April 5, : 898010119838952

PURPOSE OF STUDY: To explore the spiritual dimensions of nurse practitioner consultations in primary care through the lens of availability and vulnerability. Design of Study and Methods Used: A hermeneutic phenomenological enquiry exploring the spiritual dimensions of primary care consultations consisting of two interviews per participant over an 18-month period was conducted with nurse practitioners in the United Kingdom. A purposive sample of eight nurse practitioners were recruited and interviewed. Interviews were fully transcribed and analyzed thematically.

FINDINGS: Participants identified that spirituality can be difficult to conceptualize and operationalize in practice. Participants articulated the meaning of spirituality and gave examples of when they had witnessed a spiritual dimension in practice. Key themes included how nurse practitioners conceptualize spirituality, the context for spirituality to be integrated into care, and the importance of spirituality as an aspect of holistic care. The concepts of Availability and Vulnerability were used intentionally as a lens in the study to explore whether these concepts and approaches to practice could enhance integration of spirituality into practice.

CONCLUSION: Knowledge and understanding regarding spirituality in nurse practitioners consultations in primary care has been uncovered. A framework for operationalizing spirituality has been developed.


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