Building bridges: an interpretive phenomenological analysis of nurse educators' clinical experience using the T.R.U.S.T. Model for inclusive spiritual care

Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh. 2012 Apr 30;9:1-17. doi: 10.1515/1548-923X.2389.


Educating nurses to provide evidence-based, non-intrusive spiritual care in today's pluralistic context is both daunting and essential. Qualitative research is needed to investigate what helps nurse educators feel more prepared to meet this challenge. This paper presents findings from an interpretive phenomenological analysis of the experience of nurse educators who used the T.R.U.S.T. Model for Inclusive Spiritual Care in their clinical teaching. The T.R.U.S.T. Model is an evidence-based, non-linear resource developed by the author and piloted in the undergraduate nursing program in which she teaches. Three themes are presented: "The T.R.U.S.T. Model as a bridge to spiritual exploration"; "blockades to the bridge"; and "unblocking the bridge". T.R.U.S.T. was found to have a positive influence on nurse educators' comfort and confidence in the teaching of spiritual care. Recommendations for maximizing the model's positive impact are provided, along with "embodied" resources to support holistic teaching and learning about spiritual care.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Education, Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Female
  • Holistic Health
  • Holistic Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Faculty Practice / organization & administration*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Evaluation
  • Spiritual Therapies / methods*
  • Spirituality