Reawakening spiritual roots in nursing practice: sacred places and sacred spaces

Carter, Jennifer and Carey, Melissa (2018) Reawakening spiritual roots in nursing practice: sacred places and sacred spaces. In: Southern hemisphere ethnographies of space, place and time. Peter Lang, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 103-118. ISBN 978-1-78707-904-5

Abstract

Sacred spaces exist in-between the human experience of living and dying, yet these spaces are often forgotten within the Western biomedical health care paradigm where there is a long history of mind and body separation. However, a new trend is appearing which is akin to an awakening of a spiritual focus moving towards a partnership with clients and their families. This chapter explores the registered nurse’s experience of caring for people towards the end of their lives. Through the nurses stories we explore the notion of the sacred spaces and places as people move from diagnosis to the end of their life journey. Findings from this exploration indicate that there is a need for nurses to initiate and encourage end of life conversations, which honour the sacred spaces and places of the dying. Thus raising awareness for the inclusion of spiritual concepts within the Western health care paradigm as advocates for the dying.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version embargoed until 1 September 2019 (12 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 06:49
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2019 05:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: end of life, nursing, spirituality
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920211 Palliative Care
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3726/b11664
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34320

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