J Korean Acad Nurs.  2014 Dec;44(6):726-734. 10.4040/jkan.2014.44.6.726.

Spiritual and Psychosocial Effects of the Spirituality Promotion Program on Clinical Nurses

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, The Research Institute for Hospice & Palliative Care, The Catholic University, Seoul, Korea. jyong@catholic.ac.kr
  • 2Faculty of Theology, The Catholic University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Graduate School of Education, Ajou University, Suwon, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of the Spirituality Promotion Program(SPP) for young nurses working in the stressful university hospital environment.
METHODS
The study included 41 nurses in the experimental group, nurses who had worked less than 5 years and completed 8 weeks of SPP between June and July in 2011. The control group, 44 nurses, also received the same program after the study was completed. For the study, a survey was conducted of all participants concerning spirituality, perceived stress, positive and negative affect, empathy, job satisfaction, and leadership practice.
RESULTS
No significant difference was found between the two groups on study variables. Perceived stress decreased significantly in the experimental group (p=.012). Spirituality (p=.019), positive affect (p=.014), empathy (p=.004), job satisfaction (p=.016), and leadership practice (p=.021) increased significantly in the experimental group.
CONCLUSION
The results show that the Spirituality Promotion Program has positive effects on the spiritual and psychosocial aspect of young nurses. Continuation of this program for nurses is recommended in order to help them develop their selfcare ability and improve nursing competency.

Keyword

Spirituality; Psychological stress; Meditation; Nurse; Leadership

MeSH Terms

Adult
Empathy
Humans
Job Satisfaction
Leadership
Nursing Staff, Hospital/*psychology
*Program Evaluation
*Spirituality
Stress, Psychological
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