Healing prayer narrative – spiritual nursing care, a conference and a recovery.

This blog’s weekly Wednesday focus is on what I have been calling “healing prayer narratives” and today’s blog touches on the role of spirituality in relation to the nursing care needed in healing.  


First, news that an upcoming Royal College of Nursing conference will include a focus on how licensed nurses deal with patients’ spiritual needs in mental health care.

The 3rd RCN Mental Health Forum Event is to take place on Friday 24 June 2011, in the Thistle Marble Arch, London.  It will include a session called “Spirituality and religious care”, to be led by Dr Wilfred McSherry, Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People, from Staffordshire University.

An announcement about the conference states:

The Nursing and Midwifery Council expects nurses to be able to “make a holistic, person-centred and systematic assessment of physical, emotional, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs”. The guide says: “Spiritual care is a fundamental part of nursing currently much neglected through ignorance and misunderstanding.” It explains that the practice of spiritual care is about meeting people at the point of deepest need, and treating spiritual needs with the same level of attention as physical needs.


An example of attention being given to spiritual needs can be found in the Christian Science nursing care that has been practised in the UK for over 100 years, in which the spiritual care is considered to be as vital a part of support for the healing process as the practical care being given to patients relying on Christian Science treatment for healing.

A case study of a healing from the effects of an accident which illustrates the potentiality of the tender care of the kind of spirituality illustrated in such care has been published in the Christian Science Sentinel called Deep appreciation for Christian Science nursing care after serious accident.

Here is an excerpt…

I have always loved God, but had never really felt how much God loved me. This had been especially true since the untimely death of my husband just two months earlier. The tender care of the Christian Science nurses gave me the quiet that I needed as I deepened my understanding of the unbreakable connection between God and me, and His great love for all His creation…

(Read the whole article here.)


While the spiritual care model identified by the RCN does not explore the potential of a carer’s spirituality to support patient recovery from the  physical symptoms being exhibited, it is great to see this caring step of acknowledging the spiritual needs involved in cases being attended to by licensed nurses.

For more Christian Science healing narratives, please click here.

To hear a global internet version of local Wednesday meetings in Christian Science churches featuring spontaneously shared “experiences, testimonies, and remarks on Christian Science”, you can listen live at 7pm (UK time) – or for 24 hours afterwards – to The Wednesday Online Testimony Meeting Broadcast of The Mother Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write on spirituality and health for a diversity of online media outlets, from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I have been published by the Independent, the Washington Post, the Guardian, E-Hospice, MindBodyGreen and The Christian Science Monitor and I post regularly on the Huffington Post UK and BuzzFeed. In addition to writing and broadcast appearances I enjoy engaging with journalists, academics, health professionals and government officials about the possibilities for improving health outcomes through a greater emphasis on spirituality in healthcare and social care. I've also greatly valued the many opportunities I have had to travel globally for my church and to meet people around the world. My wife Jenny and I spent 10 years in Boston, USA, before returning to London in 2002, to take on a role as the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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