Developing spirituality in the curriculum: worldviews, intrapersonal connectedness, interpersonal connectedness

Nurs Educ Perspect. Nov-Dec 2003;24(6):290-4.


Although many nursing education programs are searching for ways to incorporate spirituality into the curriculum, how this should be done remains a point of debate. A number of models and teaching strategies have been posed in the literature. This article explores how definitions of spirituality can inform the integration of this important concept into the curriculum. Three key themes from definitions of spirituality in the literature are discussed: worldviews, intrapersonal connectedness, and interpersonal connectedness. Strategies are presented for facilitating discussions around worldviews and for fostering a climate that promotes intra- and interpersonal connectedness for students and faculty.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Curriculum / standards*
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Faculty, Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Models, Educational
  • Pastoral Care
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Program Development / methods*
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Spirituality*
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Teaching / organization & administration