Nurses' Attitudes Towards Death and Their Effects on Spirituality and Spiritual Care

Kudubes A. A., Akil Z. K., BEKTAŞ M., BEKTAŞ İ.

JOURNAL OF RELIGION & HEALTH, vol.60, no.1, pp.153-161, 2021 (AHCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10943-019-00927-2
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, ATLA Religion Database, CINAHL, EMBASE, Index Islamicus, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.153-161
  • Keywords: Death and dying, Nursing, Spirituality, LIFE, END, EXPERIENCES, ONCOLOGY, STAFF
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


This study aimed to determine the effect of nurses' attitudes towards death on spirituality and spiritual care. This is a descriptive and correlational study. There was a moderate correlation between the total score on the Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale and the total and subdimension scores on the Attitude Towards Death Scale. It was found that the scores on the subdimensions of objective acceptance, escaping/acceptance and fear of death explained 41.7% of nurses' perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care. For holistic nursing care, it is very important that nurses are aware of their patients' spiritual needs and are capable of providing supportive spiritual service without regard for their own attitudes towards or spiritual thoughts about death.