ASSET: a model for actioning spirituality and spiritual care education and training in nursing

Nurse Educ Today. 1999 May;19(4):274-85. doi: 10.1054/nedt.1999.0637.


This paper presents a model of spiritual care education. A definition of spirituality is offered, this is followed by a review of empirical studies on spirituality and nurse education which conclude that nurses' knowledge and skills related to spiritual care are impoverished because of a poor role preparation in this dimension of care. The asset model (actioning spirituality and spiritual Care education and training in Nursing) is recommended as a possible option for improving spiritual care education in nursing. It should prove to be a useful framework and catalyst in effecting change in nurses' knowledge and understanding of the spiritual care requirements of patients. Extensive details of this model are provided in this paper.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Holistic Nursing / education
  • Humans
  • Job Description
  • Models, Educational*
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Pastoral Care / methods*
  • Philosophy, Nursing