Innate and deeply personal, spirituality is an integral part of each of us. It affects every aspect of life-including one's health. For this reason, spirituality is becoming an increasingly important issue within the nursing community. Nursing thewholepatient includes nurturing the spirit.Spiritual Care: Nursing Theory, Research, and Practiceis theonlytext written to address the depth of this subject matter. Written from a universal standpoint, it details the "how-to's" of spiritual caregiving including spiritual assessment, planning care, documentation, ethical concerns, and numerous approaches to nurturing the spirit. Other features include: A balanced presentation of religionas both a positive and a negative factor that influences health and coping. Chapter-endingLook Within to Learnfeaturesencourage spiritual self-awareness and understanding of how spirituality influences clinical care. Research Profilesboxed featuresprovide profiles of research studies that focus on spirituality and health. One Nurse's Storyboxed featuresillustrate a nurse's perspective of concepts and clinical examples of spiritual caregiving. Chapter-endingKey Pointssummarize material to reinforce the information presented.Elizabeth Johnston Taylor Ph.D. RN is the author of 'Spiritual Care: Nursing Theory, Research, and Practice', published 2001 under ISBN 9780130281647 and ISBN 0130281646.