Spiritual Factors Affecting Patients

Spiritual Factors Affecting Patients

Spiritual Factors Affecting Patients

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Introduction and Alignment

Assess cultural, social, and spiritual factors affecting the patients for whom you care: This discussion focuses on cultural, social, and spiritual factors that influence the patients for whom we care. You will discuss ways to perform cultural, social, and spiritual assessments and consider how these factors affect the patients for whom you care.

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you should be able to:

  • Assess cultural, social, and spiritual factors affecting the patients for whom you care.
  • Discuss cultural, social, and spiritual differences within patients that may influence their nursing care.

Assess cultural, social, and spiritual factors affecting the patients for whom you care Resources

  • Bible: The Life Application Study Bible
  • Textbook: Professional Nursing: Concepts and Challenges

Assess cultural, social, and spiritual factors affecting the patients for whom you care Background Information

Our patients’ culture affects how they will interact with us verbally and non-verbally. It also can affect how healthcare decisions are made, how patients view their illness, how they feel their illness should be treated, their preferred meal choices, and how they react to pain. It can also determine the number of visitors they would like to have visit.

Spiritual factors also play a role in healthcare. According to Anandarajah and Hight (2001), “Up to 77 percent of patients would like spiritual issues considered as part of their medical care, yet only 10 to 20 percent of physicians discuss these issues with their patients” (p. 81). According to Williams, Meltzer, Arora, Chung, and Curtain (2010), patients who reported having discussed spiritual issues with someone while in the hospital were significantly more likely to give superior ratings on all four satisfaction measures, regardless of whether or not they had desired such a discussion with regard to their healthcare” (p. 1265). In this discussion, you will consider some tools for assessing cultural, social, and spiritual factors that influence your patients as well as the vulnerable population you selected for your service-learning activity.

Assess cultural, social, and spiritual factors affecting the patients for whom you care References

Anandarajah, G., & Hight, E. (2001). Spirituality and medical practice: Using the HOPE questions as a practical tool for spiritual assessment. American Family Physician, 63(1), 81-89. Retrieved from http://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0101/p81.html

Williams, J. A., Meltzer, D., Arora, V., Chung, G., & Curlin, F. A. (2011). Attention to inpatients’ religious and spiritual concerns: predictors and association with patient satisfaction. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26(11), 1265-1271. doi:10.1007/s11606-011-1781-y

1.In your textbook, Professional Nursing: Concepts and Challenges, read Chapter 13, “Nurses, Patients, and Families: Caring at the Intersection of Health, Illness, and Culture.”
2.Read the web-based article entitled Systematic Review on Embracing Cultural Diversity for Developing and Sustaining a Healthy Work Environment in healthcare.
3.Review the questions in the Considering Culture Box on page 265 in Professional Nursing: Concepts and Challenges.
4.Review the following spiritual assessment article:.
?LaRocca-Pitts, M. A. (2008). FACT: Taking a Spiritual History in a Clinical Setting.
5.Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the following: (Onsite students will come prepared to discuss the following in class.) a.Describe your cultural heritage including traditions that may have been passed down through your family.
b.Describe a time when you were aware of a cultural difference within another person. How did you respond to that difference—how did it make you feel?
c.Out of the five different spiritual assessment tools mentioned by LaRocca-Pitts, which tool would you feel most comfortable using with patients in your setting? Why?
d.Within the vulnerable population you chose to serve during this course, of what social, cultural, and spiritual considerations should nurses be aware?
e.The posting must be a minimum of four paragraphs with a minimum of three sentences per paragraph.
f.A minimum of two scholarly references must be cited and the complete reference must be included at the bottom of your post.

Assignment Policies



Please read all of the information about the assignments below:


The assignments are to be done in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman 12- point font. Each assignment should use the modified APA 6th edition format. The assignment templates are set up in this modified format. The reference page should be in the APA format for every reference. The word requirement for the assignments are specifically stated in the guidelines of the assignment. The word count is from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion paragraph. FYI.


1- There should be a cited reference for each section of a paper as there are conclusion statements in each section (to meet the grading criteria) so the conclusion should be supported by a reference as the assignments are evidence-based research, clinical papers.

2- Word Count- The word count is done from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion. The word count must be within the minimum and maximum word limit stated in the assignment instructions. A 10% – point reduction will be made in the total points for the assignment.

Week 1 and 5 assignments should have SIX studies. Week 5 assignment is a compilation of sections from the week 1, 2 & 3 assignments.

Weeks 2 and 3 need to have at least THREE studies in the form of research studies. Please make sure that you look at the instructions for the assignment as well as the grading rubric. I have also provided templates for ALL assignments. It is in your best interest to use these as it will guide you so that you do not make common formatting errors.


Please utilize the resources in the STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER if you have difficulty with APA 6th Edition format, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation or tense structure.


Always submit the assignment in the drop box for that assignment. I cannot accept any assignment as an attachment to an email sent to my college email. Attaching it to a posting to the Questions to Instructor Forum or the Individual Forum is also not accepted.

I cannot grade any assignment unless it is placed into the drop box by the student per university policy.

Turn-It-In / Lopes Write

This is to be used for the assignments for these three weeks (2, 3 & 5) and it is NOT required for Week 1. All assignments will be placed through Turn It In first and then submitted in the drop box on the course shell. No assignments will be accepted as attachments to emails as this is not the university policy.

Grading Rubric-

The rubric for each assignment is found in the upper right- hand corner of the assignment page under the Forum Tab. Compare the requirements of the rubric with your paper prior to submission into the drop box so you will receive full credit for all graded criteria of the paper.

Late Assignment-

Any assignment that is late will have 10% deducted each day it is late. This is a 5- week class. It is imperative that you ask for help if you are having difficulty with an assignment.

You need to contact me as soon as possible if an assignment will be late prior to the submission deadline.