Master of Science in Nursing Theses

Date Degree Awarded


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)



Committee Chair

Rachel Parrill, Ph.D., M.S., RN

Second Committee Member

Sharon Christman,Ph.D., RN,FAHA


Spiritual Nursing Care, Pediatrics, Faith-Hope-Love Model, Spiritual Care In Service


Background: Spiritual care is an expectation of many governing bodies of nursing and health care. Studies have continued to show health benefits from spiritual care. However, many nurses still feel unprepared to provide spiritual nursing care to their patients.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a spiritual care in-service on pediatric nurses’ perceived competence in providing spiritual care as measured by the Spiritual Care Competency Scale (SCCS). The information provided in the in-service was guided by the Faith-Hope-Love Model of Spiritual Care for Nurses which is based on a Christian Worldview.

Results: Thirty-two pediatric nurses from a large Children’s Hospital in the Midwest participated in this quasi-experimental pilot study. Spiritual care competence was measured before and after the 45 minute intervention using the SCCS. On four of the six spiritual care domains measured by the SCCS, there was a statistically significance increase in the nurses’ perceived competence after the in-service compared to before the in-service.

Discussion: Future research is recommended on a larger sample, longitudinal research to determine behavior change, and effects of spiritual care delivered using this model on patients. The results of this study encourage usage of the Faith-Hope-Love Model of Spiritual Care for Nurses to increase nurse’s competence in providing spiritual nursing care.



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