International Journal of Palliative Nursing vol:15 issue:12 pages:590-600
Aim of the Study: We intended to study the religious or ideological views and practices of palliative care nurses.
Method: An anonymous questionnaire was sent to all nurses (589) employed in palliative care in Flanders (Belgium). 70.5% of the nurses (n=415) responded.
Results: We found four meaningful factors: the ideological dimension, the intellectual dimension, the ritualistic dimension, and the experiential dimension. Five religious or ideological clusters were found: atheists/agnostics (66 nurses, 18.3%), ‘doubters’ (64 nurses, 17.8%), church-going respondents (106 nurses, 29.4%), religious but not church-going respondents (64 nurses, 17.8%), and devout church-going respondents (60 nurses, 16.7%). Older nurses were more committed to the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Many nurses take the freedom to compose their own religious or ideological identity.
Conclusion: A large majority of the nurses are interested in religious issues. Yet, their attitude toward religion and world view is noncommittal.