2020, Cilt 7, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 167-174
Investigation of Pediatric Nurses' Emotional Needs and Their Views on Spirituality and Spiritual Care
Hilal KURT SEZER1, Emine GEÇKİL2
1Öğr. Gör. KTO Karatay Üniversitesi Sağlık Hizmetleri Meslek Yüksek Okulu İlk ve Acil Yardım Programı, Karatay, Konya, Türkiye
2Prof. Dr. Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Konya, Türkiye
Keywords: Emotions, nurses, pediatrics, spirituality

Aim: The aim of the study was to investigate pediatric nurses' emotional needs and their views on spirituality and spiritual care.

Material and Methods: The study sample consisted of 280 pediatric nurses working in Konya Province. Data were collected by Sociodemographic Information Form, Need For Affect Scale, and Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale. Data were analyzed with mean, standard deviation, percentile, multiple regression, and Pearson correlation.

Results: Of the nurses, 80% was female, 58.2% was married, 61.7% had Bachelor's degree. Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale score average was 3.69±0.67 and Need For Affect Scale score average was 16.16±19.15. Considering Need For Affect Scale score averages, scores of nurses who have a positive approach towards emotional events (p<0.05), who consider children and families need spiritual care (p<0.05), who have >5 years of working experience (p<0.05), who are female (p<0.05) and who had a postgraduate degree (p<0.05) were significantly higher. There was a positive and moderately significant relationship between the nurses' scale scores. (p<0.05).

Conclusion: It can be recommended that all pediatric nurses, especially single and male, childless and who are new to the profession, should be provided with the knowledge and skills to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of the children and their families.