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Spiritual Needs Assessment Essay

1226 words - 5 pages

Spiritual Needs Assessment
Grand Canyon University: HLT-310V
Chelsea Cameron
June 15, 2014

Spirituality Assessment Tool
1. What is your faith or belief?
a. Christianity
2. Do you consider yourself to be spiritual or religious? If so, why?
a. Yes, because I have faith in a higher being and I believe that higher being is in control. And I believe that we are all her as a result of god’s creation.
3. Are you apart of any religious communities?
a. I’m a member of my church, Sandia Presbyterian.
4. Is your religion/spirituality important in your life?
a. Yes because god is in control.
5. What type of influences does your spirituality have on the way you care for yourself?
a. The ...view middle of the document...

Chelsea Cameron, a nurse certified in strokes and working on a stroke unit, assessed one of her 75 year old male, stroke patients. This particular stroke patient was left with no neurological deficits and was expected to be discharged home shortly. Ms. Cameron sat down with her patient and asked the following questions: (1) what is your faith or belief? (2) Do you consider yourself to be spiritual or religious? If so, why? (3) Are you apart of any religious communities? (4) Is your religion/spirituality important in your life? (5) What type of influences does your spirituality have on the way you care for yourself? And (6) how would you prefer for me, as your nurse, to handle issues during your care? When asking each question she allowed the patient plenty of time to answer and allowed the patient time to ask questions. Although the patient didn’t ask many questions, after each question she asked, “Do you understand the question?” and “do I need me to elaborate?”
During this assessment the nurse made many discoveries about her patient. She noted that this patient followed a very spiritual life but had not taken advantage of the resources in the hospital. The patient told the nurse that his main stressor while being hospitalized was that he was missing church and missing his nightly prayer time with his wife. Ms. Cameron educated the patient on the resources that the hospital has to offer and how to gain access to those resources. She also discussed with him that the hospital is an open environment in which he can feel free to practice his religion (i.e. pray, meditate, etc.).
Things that went well during this assessment was the patient’s openness to answering all questions, his ability to elaborate on his answers and his comfort ability in discussing his religion. The nurse feared that because the patient was a quiet individual through his stay that he was not going to be open to answering questions about spirituality. Other things that went well was that the nurse began to gain a sense of comfort ability herself with discussing religion and faith with her patients. It is well known that sometimes faith/religion is that unspoken topic but in reality it is the most important topic to discuss. Faith/religion may be the deciding factor on how quick a patient heals, and if the staff doesn’t know this, time for that patient to practice their religious traditions may be withheld unintentionally.
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