Spirituality in nursing: A concept analysis. Nursing Ethics

Spirituality in nursing: A concept analysis. Nursing Ethics



Spirituality has always been present in the history of nursing and continues to be a topic of nursing interest. Spirituality has ancient roots. The term 'spirituality' is interpreted as spirit and is translated as breath and soul, whereas spirituality (immateriality) is spiritual nature. Historically, the term spirituality is associated with the term religiosity, a definition that persists today, and often the two terms are used interchangeably. In the healthcare context, the construct is still.


 To clarify the concept of spirituality in nursing.

Research design

In this article spirituality was explored using Rodgers' evolutionary and inductive method of concept analysis.

Participants and research context

For this analysis, a sample of 71 articles published in English, from 2008 to 2018 from PubMed/Medline, CINAHL Plus with full text, PsycINFO, SciELO databases were retrieved. It was also accomplished an empirical search of dictionaries and e-books.

Ethical considerations

This study was conducted according to good scientific practice.


It emerged that "spirituality" is a dynamic process and has a range of attributes. The cultural dimensions, the religious and spiritual traditions, the ethnic diversity and the influence of the historical and social contexts represent the societal and historical conditions ingrained in the Western thought that influence the emergence of spirituality as a concept. Antecedents, attributes and onsequences appeared to inform and strengthen one another over time. Spirituality is a significant concept for the discipline of nursing with profound consequences for caring patients and for work organizations.


Concept analysis; ethics; nurse; nursing; sociology of religions; spirituality.



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