Scholarship within this hub examines nursing implications of how religion and spirituality (intersecting with other social influences such as gender, class, and ethnicity, and informed by theologies and worldviews) relate to:  quality of life; coping and meaning in health and illness; health outcomes and equity; professional nursing practice; or health services provision.

Here is an annotated bibliography of the faculty's work in the area of spirituality and health.

Research Projects

PRAYING TO TRANSGRESS?  EXPLORING ACCOMMODATION OF AND RESISTANCE TO PRAYER IN PUBLIC SPACES

Principal Investigator: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham

Project Co-Lead:  Sonya Sharma (Kingston University London)

Clinical Co-Investigators:  Christina Beardsley (Chelsea Westminster Foundation Trust), Christopher de Bono (Providence Health)
Collaborators: Lori Beaman (U of Ottawa), Paul Bramadat (UVic), Sylvie Mayo-Collins (Kingston University London), Andrew Todd (Sarum College, UK); Philip Weaver (CASC); Barry Quinn (Chelsea Westminster Foundation Trust)

Read more about the project here (Project Blog)

COMPASSION CARE AFTER A CODE BLUE: A STUDY OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL BASED GROUP DEBRIEFING TOOL ON A MEDICAL UNIT

Principal Investigator:  Barbara Drake, MSN (Richmond Hospital 2 South Telemetry Unit)

Co-Investigators:  Matthew Heyn, Nathalie Shivji, Amy Dirksen, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham

LIVING WELL TOGETHER?  LEARNING FROM WOMEN HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINS ABOUT RELIGION, GENDER AND HUMAN FLOURISHING

Principal Investigator:  Sonya Sharma, Kingston University London

Co-Investigator:  Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham

CONSIDERING PLACE: RELIGIOUS, SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL PLURALITY IN HOME HEALTH CARE (completed)

Principal Investigator: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham
Co-Investigators: Barb Pesut (UBC-O), Sonya Grypma (TWU), Rick Sawatzky (TWU), Sonya Sharma (Durham University, UK)
Collaborators and Consultants: Michael Wilkinson (TWU), Jens Zimmerman (TWU), Paddy Rodney (UBC), Sally Thorne (UBC), Joan Anderson (UBC), Lori Beaman (U of Ottawa), Pam Klassen (U of T), and Gloria Woodland.

Read more about the project here.

The Negotiation of Religious and Spiritual Plurality in Health Care (completed)

Principal Investigator: Sheryl Reimer Kirkham, PhD, Nursing
Co-Principal Investigator: Barbara Pesut, PhD, Nursing
Co-Applicant: Heather Meyerhoff, MSN, Nursing
Collaborator: Rick Sawatzky, PhD, Nursing
Consultant: Jonathon Dawn, PhD, Religious Studies
External Collaborators: Sally Thorne, PhD, UBC and Joan Anderson, PhD, UBC

Read more about the project here.

A Christian Theoretical Framing for the Concepts of Religion,
Spirituality and Culture in Healthcare

Principal Applicant: Dr. Barbara Pesut, PhD, TWU
Co-Applicants: Sheryl Reimer Kirkham, PhD, TWU
Rick Sawatzky, PhD, TWU
Marsha Fowler, PhD, Azusa Pacific University
Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, PhD, Loma Linda University