SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723110
Module Leader George BEUKEN
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Undertaking a professional or health related programme and has attained academic credits at a minimum of Level 2 / 8; Registered Nurse or AHPs, or an individual who works in a health and social care area in a clinical or non clinical role.

Summary of Content

This module is designed to equip the practitioner with an appropriate knowledge of the 'spiritual dimension' of holistic care in a health care setting. A clear understanding of spiritual care in its broadest sense will be developed. The difference between spirituality and religion will be clearly distinguishable and achieved through evaluating research and evidence based practice .


Self awareness/ Path of Life The historical perspective/ A contemporary understanding of spirituality Process of communication with regards to Jung's theory of personality type Breaking bad news Spiritual injury Facilitation of healing Journeying together Fostering hope Identifying and defining spiritual and religious need Conflict in patients and families Spiritual care planning (needs assessed) Referral to specialist resources Holistic assessment Person centred learning Reflective practice and personal development Confidentiality and appropriate disclosure

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Appraise the evidence which defines the nature and dimensions of spirituality within its wider social and cultural context.2. Evaluate the nature of spiritual and religious needs within a health care context.3. Evaluate the impact of unmet spiritual and religious need.4. Critically reflect on one's personal strengths, limitations and ability to identify religious and/or spiritual needs.5. Critically analyse one's ability to manage complex spiritual, religious, and ethical issues in individuals and families.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module can be delivered in three different combinations of lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, workshops, directed and self-directed study. This combination will depend on whether the module is being delivered on site at GCU ' face to face', 'blended' at GCU or a venue other that GCU e.g. Contractual international agreement or being delivered completely 'online' . The student will always obtain the equivalent of 36 hours of contact time with the module team, excluding individual academic support. The fundamental aim of the teaching and learning strategies, irrespective of delivery mode is to support the development of autonomous, independent problem solving and decision making within the parameters of their profession competence, role and employers agreed vicarious liability (or equivalent). The teaching and learning strategy will include lectures, tutorials, seminars, case studies, reflection and critical incidents. They will be structured to allow the student to value their present knowledge base and develop skills which relate the theory associated with spiritual assessment, spiritual pain and spiritual care to their own area of practice.

Indicative Reading

Cobb. Mark (2012) The Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in health, Oxford University Press Greenstreet Wendy (2006) Integrating Spirituality in Health and Social Care, Perspectives and Practical Approaches. Radcliffe Medical, Oxford. Janice Clarke (2013) Spiritual Care in Everyday Nursing Practice: A New Approach, Palgrave MacMillan. McSherry Wilfred (2008) Making Sense of Spirituality in Nursing and Health Care Practice, Jessica Kingsley Pub, London. Myers, I B (2000) Introduction to type 6th edition, Oxford, Oxford Psychologists Press. URLS: A Multi-faith resource for Healthcare Staff; <http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/spiritualcare/resources/March07Finalversions.pdf.pdf> Standards for NHSScotland Chaplaincy Services: <http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/spiritualcare/resources/PrintersFinalProof.pdf.pdf> http://www.goodlifedeathgrief.org.uk/

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Essay (4000 words)