Spiritual Care and the Role of Advanced Practice Nurses


1School of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada



Spiritual care is central to holistic nursing. It is essential for the well-being of patients and enable them to access their inner strengths and resources that will enhance the overall health. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the concept of spirituality and spiritual care in nursing and to suggest the role of advanced practice nurses in spiritual care. The discussion includes the attributes and importance of spiritual care and integrates the perspectives of patients and nurses, professional nursing organizations, and the nursing theorists to suggest the role of advanced practice nurses.