In our topic reading this week spiritual care is defined as “Spiritual care means putting people in touch with God through compassionate presence, active listening, witness prayer, Bible reading and partnering with the body of Christ (the church community and the clergy). It is never coercive or rude.” (Shelly, Allen & Miller, 2006).  My definition of spiritual care is taking care of the whole person, body and spirit.  To me this means not only taking care of physical ailments but also taking care of their emotional ones as well.  Being nice, compassionate and caring towards our fellow man can go a long way in healing our patients. Because the facility I work for is not religiously affiliated, it is not encouraged that we offer prayer to our patients.  However if my patient asks, I will absolutely pray with them or for them. Just last week one of my patients told me she has been on dialysis for the last 7 years and she is not doing well, she is on a donor list for a new kidney. She asked me to pray for her and I have been. This subject is near and dear to me as my sister that is two years older donated a kidney to a man from her church that was in dire need. She flew to Seattle for the procedure and had to take 3 weeks off from work. The surgery was a success and she and the recipient are doing great. When we think of organ donation most times it comes from someone that has lost their life but not always. I think of my sisters selfless act as that of an angel that helped another person extend their life here on earth.


Shelly, J. A., & Miller, A. B. (2006). Called to care: a Christian worldview for nursing (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic/InterVarsity Press.