Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

Perceived Parameters of Christian Pharmacy Students’ Faith‑Sharing in Clinical Settings

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2-2021

Journal Title

Journal of Religion and Health

DOI

10.1007/s10943-020-01128-y

Abstract

Our interdisciplinary team (which included professionals from nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and psychology) conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with pharmacy students (n = 14) who were presently in a clinical rotation. When conducting the phenomenological, qualitative research study, we explored how students framed their respective experiences of incorporating spirituality into their clinical work. Three themes emerged from the interviews: (1) The students reportedly viewed their main role as being more of a support person than an evangelist, (2) They framed their influence from the perspective of so-called faith flags, and (3) They perceived more opportunities for influence with their coworkers than with patients. We discuss the findings in light of published findings and also in terms of how health care workers frame the concept of “ministry.”

Keywords

Christian healthcare workers, phenomenology, spirituality, clinical care

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