Asian Oncol Nurs.  2019 Sep;19(3):179-191. 10.5388/aon.2019.19.3.179.

Experience of Cancer Patients Receiving Spiritual Nursing Care in one Christian General Hospital

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, SAEGYARO Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Kosin University, Busan, Korea. 113009@kosin.ac.kr
  • 3Research Associate, Center for Wholistic Nursing Science, College of Nursing, Kosin University, Busan, Korea.
  • 4Nurse, Kosin University Gospel Hospital, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to understand the essence and meaning of the experience of cancer patients receiving spiritual nursing.
METHODS
Data were collected by in-depth individual interviews with participants from April to June, 2019. Eight patients from a single Christian hospital participated in this study. Cyclical data collection and analysis were conducted by Collaizzi's phenomenological method.
RESULTS
The experience of cancer patients receiving spiritual nursing consisted of four themes: strange spiritual nursing faced with longing, unexpected changes in me, spiritual sympathy leading to trust, and transition to spiritual recovery.
CONCLUSION
This study provided an in-depth understanding of the changes cancer patients experience through spiritual nursing interventions. Efforts should be made to verify the effectiveness of this study by developing and applying education programs that can enhance the spiritual nursing capabilities of nurses to better approach cancer patients.

Keyword

Spirituality; Neoplasms; Qualitative research

MeSH Terms

Data Collection
Education
Hospitals, General*
Humans
Methods
Nursing Care*
Nursing*
Qualitative Research
Spirituality
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