An Exploratory Study of Spiritual Dimensions Among Nursing Students

Mary A Wehmer 1 , 1 , Mary T Quinn Griffin 2 , 2 , Ann H. White 3 , 3  and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick 4 , 4
  • 1 Vincennes University, mawehmer@vinu.edu
  • 2 Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing, mtq2@case.edu
  • 3 University of Southern Indiana, awhite@usi.edu
  • 4 Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing, jjfitzpatrick@hotmail.com

This exploratory descriptive study of spiritual experiences, well-being, and practices was conducted among 126 nursing students. Participants reported a higher level of spiritual well-being and life scheme than self-efficacy for well-being and life-scheme. Thus, students appeared to view the world and their role in it slightly more positively than their ability to affect their lives and make decisions. The students reported the most frequent spiritual experiences as being thankful for blessings; the next most frequent spiritual experiences having a desire to be close to God, feeling a selfless caring for others, and finding comfort in one’s religion and spirituality. Students used both conventional and unconventional spiritual practices. Further study is necessary to study the relationship among spiritual practices, daily spiritual experiences, and spiritual well-being among nursing students and to evaluate these before and after implementation of specific educational offerings focused on spirituality and spiritual care in nursing.

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The International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship (IJNES) publishes significant research and scholarship in the broad field of nursing education. The mandate of the journal is to present high quality papers to advance nursing education through research, description of innovative methods, or introduction of novel approaches about all aspects of nursing education in a timely manner.

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