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Spiritual Distress Nursing Care Plan: Teaching Guide for Catholic Patients

Spiritual Distress: At risk for an impaired ability to experience and integrate meaning and purpose in life through a connectedness with self, others, art, music, literature, nature, and/or a power greater than one-self (NANDA, 2012, p. 412).

Spiritual Distress r/t dysfunctional grieving over loss as evidenced by anger at God, questioning meaning of life, inability to receive spiritual support. (Townsend, 2014, p. 400)

Goal/Outcome identification: Client will identify meaning and purpose in life, moving forward with hope for the future…expresses achievement of support and personal satisfaction from spiritual practices.  (Townsend).

Interventions: Please call a Catholic priest for the Anointing of the Sick Sacrament for seriously ill Catholic patients, with their permission. Eucharistic strength, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick. The rosary! PRAYER! You can also bless patient with Holy Water. Please pray The Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, and Scriptures for example: The Fruits & Gifts of the Holy Spirit to help you and your patients. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and to help others. Praising and thanking God is a very powerful prayer! There are many Scriptures of praise, i.e., "Praise God in all circumstances" (I Thes 5:18) and "God inhabits the praises of His people" (Ps 22:3).

Galatians 5:22-24 Fruits of the Holy Spirit Pray for more Divine:

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness & Self-control

Corinthians 12: 8-10 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Pray for more Divine:

Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Discernment of Spirits, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues

Please pray for God's Grace and the Virtues to help you in your holy work:

            Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope, & Love

            Cardinal Virtues: Temperance, Prudence, Courage, Justice (and Truth).

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and may have it abundantly.

See YouTube for wonderful free Praise & Worship music to lift the soul!

See for more Scriptures, prayers, resources

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, now and forever. Amen.



Hail Mary, full of Grace,

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,


Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.



Glory be to the Father,

and the Son,

and the Holy Spirit.



The Healing Prayer at Bedtime


Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, go back into my memory as I sleep.

Every hurt that has ever been done to me, heal that hurt.

Every hurt that I have ever caused another person, heal that hurt.       

All the relationships that have been damaged in my whole life that I am not aware of, heal those relationships.

But, Lord, if there is anything that I need to do,

If I need to go to a person because he or she is still suffering from my hand,

Bring to my awareness that person, I choose to forgive, and I ask to be forgiven.

Remove whatever bitterness may be in my heart, Lord, and fill the empty spaces with your love.

Amen.  By St. Therese of Lisieux




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Bishops, Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic. Ethical and Religious Directives for the Catholic Health Care Service, Sixth Edition. Directives. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2019. 1-42.

Brykczynska, Gosia. Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, RN: A Nurse of Mercy. Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 2019.

Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2018.

John Paul, II. "Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris On The Christian Meaning of Human Suffering." February 11, 1984. (accessed May 26, 2019).

Kreeft, Peter. "The Eighth Commandment: Truth. Part Three. Section Ten of Catholic Christianity." In Catholic Christianity. The Luke E. Hart Series, by General Editor John A. Farren, 10. New Haven, CT: Catholic Information Services. Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2001.

Teresa, Mother. In the Heart of the World: Throughts, Stories, and Prayers. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2010.

Townsend, Mary C. Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Concepts of Evidence-Based Practices, Sixth Edition. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company, 2014.

VanderWeele, Tyler J, Alexander Tsai, Ichiro Kawachi, Shanshan Li. "Association Between Religious Service Attendance and Lower Suicide Rates Among US Women." JAMA Psychiatry, 2016: 845-51.


See also the National Association of Catholic Nurses website

Chaplain Teresa D. Sipos, DMin., RN  


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