What is it about?

The use of reflexive journaling is a powerful teaching tool that brings awareness to the student about important issues.

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Why is it important?

Health care workers are expected to provide care for patient's facing the end of their life. One aspect of end-of-life care is spiritual care. Without proper preparation and experience, healthcare workers can be left to feel inadequate in the care provided and patients and families may feel unheard.


Uncertainty in one's own spirituality leads to a lack of comfort and confidence in providing spiritual care to patient's facing the end of life and their families. For patients, if spiritual issues are not addressed, they are at risk for low quality of life and increased anxiety. For families, unmet spiritual needs can lead to ineffective grieving.

Dr Dana Hansen
Kent State University

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This page is a summary of: Reflective Journaling as Preparation for Spiritual Care of Patients, Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, November 2022, Wolters Kluwer Health,
DOI: 10.1097/njh.0000000000000922.
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