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The Art and Science of Spiritual Care (ASSC)

This course provides practicing nurses with both art and science: state of the science knowledge in the speciality of spiritual care in conjunction with the art of spiritual care nursing. The focus is to supply the evidence base so that Christian nurses will be able to identify and address spiritual care needs in a variety of settings for any patient coming from any various religious/spiritual belief and backgrounds, or even no faith tradition at all.

Learning Objectives

  1.  Establish the foundation for the professional nurses’ responsibility in the art and science of spiritual care. 
  2. Identify and use multiple strategies to perform spiritual assessment and various ways of  communication used in spiritual care.
  3. Apply appropriate spiritual interventions and tailor them to individual patient care situations.
  4. Identify and overcome barriers in providing spiritual care, including barriers within one’s own understandings of what it means to be a Christian nurse.

Engagement Strategies

 Lecture, discussion, small group work, in-class case studies, in-class skill practice sessions.


  •  12 hours (4 sessions, 3 hours each)

Lead Faculty

Amy Rex Smith, RN, PhD
Former secretary and Executive Committee Member, 2010-2020
Program Coordinator, ASSC
Member, NCF-USA
Member, CANA Committee
Member 2020 NCFI Congress Committee (Abstract Chair and Coordinator)

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