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Spirituality in Nursing

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...
God Does Not Care If I Have a Twinkie
March 7, 2016 2:08 PM by Mark Darby
I work at a North Omaha Area Health, a free clinic run by two RNs, which free health screenings for everything from HIV to diabetes. We work in the 3 zip codes that have the largest STD rates in the country. In an effort to promote health we offer a diet 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...
The Night Nurse
November 5, 2015 2:33 PM by Mark Darby
On a cold night before exploratory cancer surgery a woman cries....alone with her fears. A night nurse going by, hears the brief tearful sniff of fear and goes into the room. It is as if the night nurse understands without having to ask. She goes over 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...
Why Spirituality and Health Care
August 13, 2015 4:58 PM by Mark Darby
What the first thing you think about when you hear the word spirituality? When I ask nurses about integrating spirituality into their practice, I hear many reactions including It's all fluff I am too busy Or the best one "Are you asking me to go and knock Read More...