Determination of Factors Affecting Students’ Awareness of Spiritual Care in a Faculty of Health Sciences

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Kaplan F., ARKAN B.

Balıkesir Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi (BSBD), vol.12, no.1, pp.29-38, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


Objective: This research was carried out using a cross-sectional and descriptive design in order to determine the factors affecting the awareness of spiritual care in students studying in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Materials and Methods: The population of the research consisted of a total of 802 nursing students in the 2018-2019 academic year. The research sample consisted of 453 (56.48%) nursing students who completed the research forms. The research data were collected using a Sociodemographic Data Collection Form and Spiritual Care Awareness Scale. In evaluation of the data the Shapiro- wilk test was used. The Mann Whitney U test was used in paired group comparisons and the Kruskal Wallis test in multiple group comparisons. Results: The students’ average spiritual care awareness score was found to be 51.36±8.96, which was high. It was determined that there was a statistically significant correlation between students’ age, sex and type of high school they graduated from and their score average of spiritual care awareness (p<0.05). Conclusion: As a result, it was determined that nursing students had a higher total score average of spiritual care awareness. This result shows that nursing students have a certain level of positive morale and spiritual care perception.