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Characteristics of Spirituality

2.0 Contact Hours / 0.20 AOTA CEUs
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the characteristics of spirituality, theories of spirituality, the stages of spiritual development, and the connection between spirituality and healing.
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While theorists and researchers have yet to agree on a single, universally accepted theory or definition of spirituality, few would deny its existence or impact on health and healing. In the past, spirituality was synonymous with religion. Although spirituality may include traditional religious beliefs and practices, spirituality is a much broader concept that also includes nonreligious beliefs and expressions. It includes a sense of connection to something larger than ourselves and typically involves a search for meaning in life. For many cultures, spirituality is deeply connected to healing practices and expanded stages of consciousness.

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

  • Discuss the spiritual dimension.
  • Explain theories of spirituality.
  • Compare the definitions of spirituality
  • Describe the essential elements of spirituality.
  • Describe the connection between spirituality and healing.
  • Discuss the concept of integral spirituality.
  • Examine states and stages of consciousness.
  • Discuss the New Thought movement.

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 received increased coverage in the media and more discussion in the workplace, politics, and education (Young & Koopsen, 2011). This is due, in part, to the fact that many individuals are pursuing their own spiritual growth, longing to connect in a conscious way to the life force that is behind everything they see and experience. Many are disillusioned with the current culture focused on material gains, being “busy” versus doing “good work,” being the best, and physical pleasures. Such lifestyles can lead to gross inequality, stress and burnout, a sense of meaninglessness, and lack of a sense of peace or purpose, with many people questioning whether such a highly individualistic way of living is healthy (Rogers & Wattis, 2015).

Today, there is also a wider acceptance of the topic of spirituality for all healthcare providers. This acceptance brings with it the need to understand the spiritual and religious beliefs and practices of clients and the need to more fully comprehend how these beliefs and practices impact health and healing (Carson & Stoll, 2008; Burkhardt & Nagai-Jacobson, 2015).

Spirituality and spiritual practices have become more apparent in the delivery of more compassionate, holistic health care, as increasing evidence shows that spiritual factors are important components of health and well-being (Burkhardt & Nagai-Jacobson, 2015).

As the information age gives way to the intuition age, and as health care professionals increasingly take care of widely diverse clients, they need to focus less on logical, linear, mechanical thinking and more on creative, lateral, emotional thinking (Reynolds, 2005).

This shift in focus requires the provision of care to encompass a more holistic perspective—one that attends to all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit. By caring for clients in a way that acknowledges the mind-body-spirit connection, healthcare providers acknowledge the whole person (Cobb & Robshaw, 1998; Goddard, 2000).

As Burkhardt and Nagai-Jacobson (2002) so aptly write in their book, Spirituality: Living Our Connectedness, “Spirituality is at the heart of caring for the whole person” (p. 1).

Yet the lack of a clear definition or a concise conceptual framework, coupled with limited opportunities for spiritual training and professional development of healthcare providers, has resulted in the neglect of this aspect of client care (Burkhardt & Nagai-Jacobson, 2015).

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.

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Course Expires:

February 01, 2026

  • 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.

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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.