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Health and the Human Spirit

2.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe spirituality, health, and healing; discuss the multidimensional aspects of spirituality; describe a spiritual assessment; and describe the vast diversity of spiritual expressions.
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Spirituality plays an important role in health and healing. This course will explore the forms and expressions of spirituality; discuss culture and its relationship to spirituality; examine the relationship between spirituality and aging; explain spiritual interests within the healthcare system; describe the role of spiritual care providers in administering spiritual care; and describe the relationship between spirituality and health conditions, therapeutic interventions, and healing environments.

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

  • Examine definitions of spirituality.
  • Discuss theories of spirituality.
  • Examine the connection between spirituality and health.
  • Describe the spiritually healing processes of mystery, love, suffering, hope, forgiveness, peacemaking, and grace.
  • Identify areas of research on spirituality, religion, and health.
  • Describe various spiritual rituals.
  • Discuss spirituality and the aging population.
  • Describe six spiritual areas of interest within the healthcare system.
  • Describe the role of spiritual care providers in administering spiritual care.
  • Explain the elements of a spiritual assessment and healing interventions.

Over the last several decades, the topic of spirituality has come to the forefront of public and professional consciousness. With the dawn of a new century, spirituality has received increased coverage in the media and more discussion in the workplace, politics, and education. Individuals are pursuing their own spiritual growth, longing to connect in a conscious way to the life fore that is behind everything they see and experience (O’Brien, 2017; Young & Koopsen, 2011).

Today, there is a wider acceptance of the topic of spirituality for all healthcare providers and the need to understand the spiritual and religious beliefs and practices of clients. All people are spiritual and, by virtue of being human, all people, regardless of age, are biopsycho-social-spiritual beings. Widespread evidence shows that the interest in spirituality is not confined to individuals who attend church or who are identified as being religious. Spirituality is an integral part of the health and well-being of every individual.

According to DeLaune and Ladner (2006), people throughout history have dealt with pain, illness, and healing in spiritual ways. In many primitive cultures, a single person simultaneously held the positions of priest, psychiatrist, and physician. Freeman (2008) notes that the first practices of spiritual healing were performed during the stone age by shamanic priest-doctors. Healing practices were also recorded in ancient Egypt and in the early Jewish and Christian traditions

Today many Americans believe their spirituality helps promote healing, especially when medications and other treatments cannot provide a cure for their conditions As the information age gives way to the intuition age, healthcare professionals will need to focus less on logical, linear, mechanical thinking and more on creative, lateral, and emotional thinking.

The field of integrative health care calls for healthcare professionals to promote an environment in which the spiritual beliefs of the individual, family, and community are respected. This shift in focus means that the provision of care will encompass a more holistic perspective—one that attends to all aspects of mind, body, and spirit. A holistic foundation means that healthcare providers will assess and respond to each client’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions.

Healthcare professionals are entrusted with the holistic care of their clients. This means nurses and other healthcare providers care for the soul and spirit as well as for the body. By caring for individuals in a way that acknowledges the mind-body-spirit connection, healthcare providers acknowledge the whole person. Spiritual care is a part of holistic care (DeLaune & Ladner, 2011).

No discussion of spirituality would be complete without referring to the concept of a supreme being or intelligent force. This being is known throughout the world by many different names, including God, Goddess, Allah, Higher Power, Universal Intelligence, Spirit, the Absolute, and Source. In using some of these names throughout this course, we mean no disrespect to anyone and sincerely hope none is taken.

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 Behavioral Sciences
  • 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
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

September 11, 2021

  • 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.