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Assessment of Spiritual Needs in Rehabilitation Nursing

presented by Gail Sims

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Financial: Gail Sims receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. Gail Sims is an employee of Kaiser Permanente , California Board of Nursing, and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


 Non-Financial: Gail Sims is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing and has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Effective coping strategies and stress management are essential survival skills for patients and their caregivers. The rehabilitation nurse must assess each individual’s ability to cope with catastrophic changes, access resources to facilitate effective coping strategies, and evaluate the impact of accessing resources. The pathophysiology of the stress response, strategies theories of coping, adjustment and self-management, and stages of grief and loss will be reviewed. Strategies for stress reduction and positive coping in rehabilitation situations will be evaluated using the nursing process.

Meet Your Instructor

Gail Sims, MSN, RN, CRRN

Gail Sims serves as a Patient Care Coordinator at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville, CA. She served as the Director of Nursing at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, CA for 8 years. She has also been a nurse surveyor for the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for the past 11 years. During the…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Understanding the Difference between Religion and Spirituality

In the first chapter of this course, clear evidence for the need to use self-exploration in discovering one’s own definition of both religion and spirituality is discussed. Examples from clinical practice will demonstrate the difference between religious and spiritual beliefs held by patients in the rehabilitation setting.

2. Revealing Barriers to Assessing Spiritual Needs

In the second chapter, three common barriers will be discussed which limit the extent of exploration of a patient’s spiritual needs as they travel through their own journey of rehabilitation. Common themes from the literature that limit the nurse’s ability to thoroughly and effectively assess spiritual needs of patients are explained.

3. Tools for Engagement

This chapter will describe four spiritual assessment tools (FICA, FAITH, SPIRIT and HOPE), as well as methods for effective use. Essential spiritual assessment techniques in the rehabilitation setting are discussed. By utilizing at least one of these instruments, the nurse will increase skills in assessing spiritual strengths in order to promote healing.

4. The Invitation to Stand in the Fire

The final chapter includes a call to action for rehabilitation nurses to apply the definition of spiritual care to a practical approach to patient/family/caregiver assessment. By identifying and removing common barriers, the rehabilitation nurse will be able to incorporate spiritual assessment tools to support healing and the restoration of well-being. As a result of completing this course, the rehabilitation nurse will gain spiritual awareness, increase confidence in conducting spiritual assessment, and improve competence in incorporating relevant spiritual care into practice.

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