TURKISH JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY 2017 , Vol 1 , Num 1
Oncology Nurses" Spiritual Care Competence and Perspective About Spiritual Care Services
Remziye SEMERCİ1,Neşe UYSAL2,Gülcan BAĞÇİVAN3,Nurhan DOĞAN2,Melahat AKGÜN KOSTAK1,Esra TAYAZ4,Hazal ÖZDEMİR KOYU5,Ferhan ÇETİN ŞEREF6,Nilgün KUNTER6
1Department of Child Health and Disease Nursing, Trakya University Faculty of Health Sciences, Edirne-Turkey
2Department of Nursing, Amasya University Faculty of Health Sciences, Amasya-Turkey
3Koç University Faculty of Nursing, İstanbul-Turkey
4Department of Nursing, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Faculty of Health Sciences, Ankara-Turkey
5Department of Nursing, Selçuk University Faculty of Nursing, Konya-Turkey
6Hacettepe University, Oncology Hospital, Ankara-Turkey
DOI : 10.5505/tjo.2021.2682

Summary

OBJECTIVE
Spiritual care is one of the main domains of cancer patients" care to improve their quality of life. Nurses should assess the patient" and caregivers" spiritual needs comprehensively. We aimed to determine the spiritual care competence of oncology nurses and their perspectives on spiritual care services.

METHODS
A total of 123 oncology nurses who work in the hospitals with spiritual care services in Turkey were enrolled in this study. The data were collected using the "Information Form" and "Spiritual Care Competence Scale."

RESULTS
About 30.1% of the nurses stated that they care about the spiritual care needs of their patients/caregivers and 29.3% of the nurses gave information to patients and caregivers about spiritual care services and refer them to these centers. About 31.7% of nurses did not know about the role of spiritual care specialists. It was found that there is a significant and positive correlation between the age and working year of nurses and the mean scores of the "Spiritual Care Competence Scale" and subscale (p<0.05). The total and subscales mean scores of the Spiritual Care Competence Scale were statistically significantly different by the education level of nurses and the status of reporting the effectiveness of spiritual care services (p<0.05).

CONCLUSION
The results of this study show that oncology nurses" spiritual care practices are insufficient. The education level, age, and working year of the oncology nurses affect their spiritual care competencies. It is thought that oncology nurses needed to be more competent in spiritual care.