The author’s purpose is to address the issue of establishing the nursing practice of holistic care in hospitals and similar health care agencies as well as in educational programs. The theory of spiritual care for nursing is offered to provide guidance and structure to this effort. Incorporating spirituality into one’s own nursing practice or for the entire nursing staff at an agency is probably a most pressing and intangible task facing nursing today. This text is not the fi nal answer, but is offered to provide one perspective that may provide direction for an ecumenical approach and serve as a theoretical guide for nurse educators in teaching spiritual care to nursing students as well as for nursing leaders and their nursing staff in developing a plan of implementation appropriate to an individual agency.
Author’s Biography” Bonnie Weaver Battey, Ph.D., R.N., completed her undergraduate work at Valparaiso University and Wagner College, receiving a BS degree in Nursing, a MSN in Nursing Education from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, majoring in Speech Communication and Human Relations. Dr. Battey has served as faculty and administrator of associate degree, baccalaureate, and master’s programs in nursing. She initiated an ADN and a BSN program in nursing, and served as an accreditation visitor over 25 years for undergraduate and graduate levels of nursing programs. Dr. Battey has authored numerous articles, chapters, several books and authored four computer instruction programs for distance education. as well as given numerous presentations at professional and lay conferences on a variety of issues in nursing and research. She has served on committees for state boards of nursing and nursing associations, as well as a volunteer Parish Nurse and lay chaplain. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Holistic Nurses’ Association, and the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health.