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Spirituality, Religion, and Health

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for learner to describe the positive and sometimes negative relationships between spirituality, religion, and health.
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Religion and spirituality are distinct yet related concepts. An individual’s spirituality, religious beliefs, and religious practices can all have a profound effect on his or her health. The major spiritual elements and rituals of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are explored. The benefits of religion on specific health practices are examined, and the role of healthcare providers in supporting their clients’ spiritual and religious beliefs is discussed.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the concepts of religion and religiosity.
  • Identify the connection between spirituality, religion, and health.
  • Describe major spiritual elements and rituals found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
  • Discuss the benefits of religion on specific healthcare conditions.

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." -- Albert Einstein

Spirituality and religion are similar in many aspects and have overlapping concepts. Experientially, they both involve transcendence, connectedness, and the search for meaning and purpose. However, the two terms also have distinct differences (Groff & Smoker, 2017).

Spirituality involves an integrative energy in that it “encompasses all aspects of human being and is a means of experiencing life” (Goddard, 2000, p. 975). To many, spirituality is experiential, not intellectual. It can be manifested in experiences with nature or animals, or in relationships with others, the self, or a divine being (Macrae, 2001).

Matthews and Clark (1998) propose the following distinctions between spirituality and religion:

  • Religion focuses on establishing community, while spirituality focuses on individual growth.
  • Religion is easier to identify and objectively measure than spirituality.
  • Religion is more formal in worship, more authoritarian in its directions, more orthodox and systematic in doctrine, and has more formally prescribed and proscribed behaviors than spirituality.
  • While religion is more behavior based and focused on outward, observable practices, spirituality is more emotion based and focused on inner experiences.
  • While religion is particular, segregating one group from another, spirituality is more universal, emphasizing community and unity with others.

“In short, spirituality poses questions; religion composes answers” (Matthews & Clark, 1998, p. 182).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

May 17, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.