Spirituality in Nursing (ii)
Four of the book Called to care:A Christian worldview for nursing, deals with the inventory of spiritual or emotional maturity. It contains a survey which when taken and results analyzed, grades or classifies the various proposed emotional maturity levels. In this paper, I am going to take the survey, honestly as possible according to the requirement of the question. I will analyze the results, explain the structure of the assessment of test. Later I will give my critic or reflection on the assessment.
The emotional-spiritual Health Inventory is divided into two parts: part a and part b. Part A deals with the general formation and discipleship which majors on the basic knowledge of God and generalized knowledge of ourselves. The portion has a total of 28 points.
The second part is about the emotional components of discipleship. It deals with the emotional components of spiritual discipleship (Shelly et al ,2006). The portion has six principles: look beneath the surface, break the power of the past, live in brokenness and vulnerability, accepting the gifts of limits, embrace grieving and loss, make incarnation your model for loving well. Each part has a total number of points which can be divided into four classes of maturity. The maturity levels represent the benchmark on which one is to be tested upon. The maturity levels are an emotional infant, emotional children, emotional adolescents and finally emotional adults. When I undertook the survey and analyzed the results, I found out that I was emotionally adult (Shelly et al ,2006).
The survey on burnout is conducted among the caregivers to determine the burnout levels. The survey has twelve questions with multiple choices. Each choice has points associated with it such that A has 4, B has 3, C has 2 and D has1 point respectively. When I did the survey, I got 36 points which translate to elevated burnout risk stage between 30-4.The highest score of 48-42 which indicate low burnout risk. The lowest score ranges from 12-17 which indicates a toast, already burn out stage which needs special attention (Phil Bohnert, 2016).
Reflection on my results
The survey conducted to test on my emotional results was shocking and astounding. I had a total of 140 points from the two parts which means I am slightly above emotional adolescent towards the emotional adult stage. Being emotionally adult is the best stage to be working to reach in order to be spiritually mature, expressing selflessness in one’s life. This is also a state where caregiving would bring peace, satisfaction, happiness instead of burnout.
There are various Ways of preventing burnout which includes: I am going to re-evaluate my life and priorities. A change in attitude in terms of interest for caregiving so that it becomes a passion rather than a duty. Taking time off regularly so that I recreate and refresh to avoid stress accumulation. Doing activities and going to places satisfies and helps to reduce the level of burnout.
In Conclusion, the best way to reduce the burnout is to learn and grow towards emotional maturity. This is a slow process but a sure process to solve the problem. Spiritual growth enables one to care without the tendency of feeling worn out and depleted. Spiritual disciplines advocate the need to love unconditionally.
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Shelly, J. A., & Miller, A. B. (2006). Called to care: A Christian worldview for nursing
(2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. ISBN-13: 9780830827657