Spiritual Needs Assessment
The Joint Commission provides some guidelines for creating spiritual assessment tools for evaluating the spiritual needs of patients. Using this resource and any other guidelines/examples that you can find, create your own tool for assessing the spiritual needs of patients.
The spiritual needs assessment tool should include a minimum of five questions that can either be answered by the patient and/or by your observation of the patient.
Utilizing your assessment tool questions, practice completing a spiritual assessment survey with either a patient, a family member, or a friend. Analyze your results.
1. What went well?
2. What would you do differently in the future?
3. Were there any barriers or challenges that inhibited your ability to complete the assessment tool? How would you address these in the future or change your assessment to better address these challenges?
4. Describe the spiritual experience you had with your patient, family member, or friend using this tool. How does this tool allow you to better meet the needs of your patient?
5. Did you discover that illness and stress amplified the spiritual concern and needs of your interviewee? Explain your answer with examples.
While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.
1. Evaluating your Spiritual Assessment Process
Read “Evaluating your Spiritual Assessment Process” from Joint Commission: The Source (2005).
- Spiritual Assessment
Read “Spiritual Assessment,” located on The Joint Commission website.
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