Impact of an Interprofessional Training Session on Student Spirituality and Faith Integration in the Workplace

  • Felisha L Younkin Cedarville University
  • Emily Laswell Cedarville University
  • Kristi Coe Cedarville University
  • Joy Hanson Cedarville University
  • Robert Snyder ISH Global
  • Aleda Chen Cedarville University
Keywords: spiritual vital signs, training, healthcare workers

Abstract

Providing spiritual care to patients can result in improved health outcomes and health-related quality of life.  However, healthcare professionals feel largely unprepared to address spiritual health. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of an interprofessional witness training session on student spiritual health and perceived confidence and competence in sharing their faith with patients.  An all-day, interprofessional workshop to assist students in assessing their own spiritual health, identifying opportunities to address patient spiritual health, and sharing their faith ethically was incorporated.  Nursing, pharmacy, allied health/kinesiology, psychology, and pre-med students attended and completed assessments related to the student outcomes pre-workshop, post-workshop, and at 3, 6, and 9 months post-workshop.  Significant improvements in perceived confidence and competence were observed initially and longitudinally.  Baseline student spiritual health was high; only participation in Christian activities significantly improved in the assessment of their spiritual health.  Further study is necessary to fully understand the impact of this training on student spiritual health.  Nonetheless, incorporation of this training can better prepare students to engage in spiritual care of patients and share their own faith with others ethically, as opportunities arise. 

Author Biographies

Felisha L Younkin, Cedarville University

PhD, IMFT, Professor, Department of Psychology

Emily Laswell, Cedarville University

PharmD, BCPS, Professor, Cedarville University School of Pharmacy

Kristi Coe, Cedarville University

MS, MLIS, RN, Professor, Cedarville University School of Nursing

Joy Hanson, Cedarville University

Student, Department of Psychology

Robert Snyder, ISH Global

MD, President, IHS Global

Aleda Chen, Cedarville University

PharmD, PhD, Professor, School of Pharmacy

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Published
2019-12-23
How to Cite
Younkin, F. L., Laswell, E., Coe, K., Hanson, J., Snyder, R., & Chen, A. (2019). Impact of an Interprofessional Training Session on Student Spirituality and Faith Integration in the Workplace. Christian Journal for Global Health, 6(2), 3-11. https://doi.org/10.15566/cjgh.v6i2.301