Open Access Addressing the Spiritual Dimension in Canadian Undergraduate Nursing Education

L'intégration de la dimension spirituelle au programme de baccalauréat en sciences infirmièrs des universités canadiennes

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The purpose of this study was to identify the extent to which the spiritual dimension is addressed in Canadian university undergraduate nursing curricula. An exploratory descriptive design was used to gather data from faculty members at Canadian university schools of nursing. Eighteen (62%) of the 29 eligible schools participated.The findings indicate that conceptual confusion exists and that the spiritual dimension is rarely defined or included in curricular objectives. However, they also indicate that the spiritual dimension is more frequently evident in course objectives and that a number of creative methods are used to address it.Testing in this area is sporadic and limited.The results indicate that greater attention could be given to this dimension.

Le but de cette étude était d'identifier à quel point le contenu sur la dimension spirituelle est inclue dans le curriculum des programmes de baccalauréat de base en sciences infirmières des universités canadiennes. Un devis exploratoire descriptif a été utilisé afin d'obtenir des données des membres du corps professoral des écoles de sciences infirmières universitaires canadiennes. Dix-huit (62 %) des 29 écoles éligibles ont participé. Les résultats indiquent qu'il y a confusion conceptuelle et que la dimension spirituelle est rarement définie ou incorporée dans les objectifs des programmes d'étude. Cependant, elle est plus présente dans les objectifs de cours, et des méthodes créatives sont utilisées pour en traiter. Son évaluation est sporadique et limitée, et plus d'attention pourrait être portée sur cette dimension.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2003

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