Spirituality: everyone has it, but what is it?

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Lepherd, Laurence. 2014. "Spirituality: everyone has it, but what is it?" International Journal of Nursing Practice. 21 (5), pp. 566-574. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijn.12285
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Spirituality: everyone has it, but what is it?

ERA Journal ID14087
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorLepherd, Laurence
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Journal Citation21 (5), pp. 566-574
Number of Pages8
Year2014
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1322-7114
1440-172X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ijn.12285
Web Address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijn.12285/epdf
Abstract

Spirituality has been the subject of discussion over many years, yet understanding its nature, and usefulness during illness, can be elusive. Nurses and other health-care practitioners can often be in the position to help patients discuss spiritual matters because of their direct contact on a frequent basis, but might not feel confident to do so because the subject can appear to be overly complex. This paper summarizes some of the essential elements of spirituality as synthesized from literature that refers to it. The literature draws attention to spirit as the core of a person's being, and the notion that spirituality comprises multiple dimensions that exist internally or become externally manifest through behaviours. The presence and use of spirituality can lead to such outcomes as peace of mind, self-fulfilment and alleviation of suffering. Underpinning all spirituality is the concept of transcendence where a person can be ‘lifted up’ above the challenges of illness.

Keywordsholistic; religion; spirituality; transcendence
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500315. Philosophy of mind (excl. cognition)
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Creative Arts
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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