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Spirituality in Nursing

Happy New Year?
January 30, 2017 11:13 AM by Mark Darby
January is named for Janus, the mythical god of gates . Janus had two faces-one which enabled him to see the past clearly and the other which looked toward the future with certainty. During this time of year, we traditionally look backward in the year Read More...
I Did Something Wrong
December 8, 2016 11:30 AM by Mark Darby
I did something wrong. I did something wrong. The differences between these two sentences is the difference between shame and guilt. To illustrate, let me tell you a story. One day, my parents left me and my two brothers alone while they went to a Christmas Read More...
Spirituality and Health Choices
August 11, 2016 8:51 AM by Mark Darby
Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman are two economists devoted to answering the question, "Why do people make the choices they do?" They delineated several cognitive biases, such as framing effect, which attempted to explain a person's non-rational behavior. Read More...
Spirituality and the Glass
July 14, 2016 8:37 AM by Mark Darby
"Is the glass half full or half empty?" is an often asked question. What is not often asked is how do you feel about your glass? Do you mourn the loss of half of your water, or are you happy to have as much water as you do? What are you willing to do Read More...
Science vs. Spirituality
June 15, 2016 10:57 AM by Mark Darby
Read this quote below first as a caregiver and then as a scientist and we will see the debate about spirituality in the scientific literature "This is the first resting-state fMRI study demonstrating altered functional connectivity in the DMN among meditation Read More...
Beliefs Shape Decisions
April 26, 2016 3:55 PM by Mark Darby
It is an old axiom in psychology that beliefs are important to health. Beliefs are the assumptions upon which we build our lives. Beliefs shape how we make decisions. Decisions determine our actions. Our actions bring us results. Results create the life Read More...
Nurse Week: A Week for All Who Care
April 2, 2016 12:00 AM by Mark Darby
Lately, there are movies like The Hunger Games that take place in an alternative universe with unlikely heroes who strive against impossible odds. Nursing history is the ultimate alternative universe filled with heroes who strive against impossible odds. Read More...
Spirituality’s Impact on Health Behaviors
January 29, 2016 12:54 PM by Mark Darby
Nursing is focused on Evidenced Based Practice. More so now than in any other time in our history, we look to research and the scientific method. You may think these methods fail us when we study spirituality. Can you imagine being a peer reviewer and Read More...
You Can’t Imagine Change of Character
December 16, 2015 4:04 PM by Mark Darby
You can CAT scan a broken bone or a diverticula. You can scope a cardiac vessel in real time and watch the blood flow. But a change of character-from helpless to hopeful, from addict to recovery, from smoker to non, from overwhelmed with chronic pain Read More...
Spirituality and Breast Cancer
September 29, 2015 10:02 AM by Mark Darby
As of today, I am not one of the 2350 men who will get breast cancer this year. The only man that I have seen who had breast cancer was a heavy marijuana user (not a risk factor they tell you about in Colorado.) Yet I have been affected by this illness. Read More...
Spirituality, Defined
September 15, 2015 10:44 AM by Mark Darby
Defining spirituality can be done in such a way that it does not raise controversy. If I define spirituality as "Whatever is not the mind and the body", everyone could agree on this definition but it would be totally useless and frankly silly. Spirituality Read More...