Health care settings experience numerous crises. Health care providers react in different ways in times of such crisis that arise in the health care setting. Health care encounters deaths, traumas, human suffering, violence and human error on a daily basis. Despite the crisis, health care providers must provide competent care to ensure effective and efficient care (McSherry, 2012). Nurses are sometimes called upon to assist the family of the patient deal with their crisis at an emotional level.
Nurses need to have skills and techniques to deal with such crises whenever they arise. Nurses must care for their patients and at the same time care for themselves. They need to have awareness of their reactions to health related stressor and develop the ability to articulate their feelings (Nurseslearning.com, 2014). Nurses need to understand the situations that are difficult in dealing with. Self-care is essential in all these situations that present crisis. Nurses are able to care for patients when they themselves are comfortable.
Spiritual care is a skill that helps patients and their families in times of crisis. It helps in handling emotional crisis. Nurses need to engage in spiritual care of their patients. Spiritual care skill allows the nurse to make the patient hopeful that God will heal (Barnum, 2009). It provides comfort to the patient and the patient family. Nurses need to have training on the relationships that exist between the spirit, mind and body. The training makes the nurse to have the willingness to practice the skills of spiritual care. Crisis detaches the patients from their normal lives and presents them with grief. Spiritual care promotes peace in health care and helps in solving a crisis that arises in the daily encounter with patients and their families.
Barnum, B. S. (2009). Spirituality in nursing: from traditional to new age. New York: Springer Pub. Co. Pbk.
McSherry, W. (2012). Making sense of spirituality in nursing and health care practice: An interactive approach. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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