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You are likely to have been drawn to this page if, like us, you have an interest in spirituality in healthcare. We are a team of professionals who aim to raise awareness about the need to address patients’ and families’ spiritual care needs in the healthcare setting. We are achieving this goal through regular face-to-face meetings, our public lecture series, research and publications and our yearly conference. We hope that you find some information of interest to you on this website and perhaps to see you at our public lectures or yearly conference.

About Us

The Spirituality Research and Innovation Group (SIG) is an umbrella group developed in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in April 2013.
The group aims to provide a platform to develop a greater awareness of the need to provide spiritual care in healthcare. Its purpose is to act as a forum to develop a deeper understanding of the concept of spiritual care and to provide a space to promote, debate and discuss the roles of spirituality in healthcare.

The Terms of Reference of SIG are:

  • To raise awareness about spiritual care provision in the healthcare context.     
  • To develop, conduct and disseminate research in the area of spirituality and spiritual care related to health and wellbeing.
  • To host discussions about the subject in order to understand the work and ideas of others in the field, and contribute further to this debate.

Founder and Chair

Dr. Fiona Timmins

Organising Committee

  • Dr Vivienne Brady
  • Ms Sinead Buckley
  • Ms Maryanne Murphy
  • Ms Freda Neill
  • Dr Colm OBoyle
  • Ms Jeni Ryan
  • Dr Fiona Timmins
  • Ms Jacqueline Whelan

Since 2013, SIG has hosted 12 meetings, facilitated five visiting professors, 22 presentations, 8 public lectures and presented  two SRIG International Spirituality in Healthcare Conferences (insert link to conference archive when done) in the Republic of Ireland (25 June 2015). The group holds three face-to-face meetings within the academic year. There are 44 members of the group and SIG membership is maintained by attending a minimum of one meeting per year. Initially membership comprised mostly of staff from the TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery (82%) however 55% of memberships now emanate from external sources. Members are from a range of disciplines. So far, each meeting has hosted 1-2 presentations by members on topics related to spirituality and/or spiritual care, followed by a structured meeting. SIG meetings are closed meetings and membership is upon request. The group is currently at maximum capacity and ways to structure the group for the future, given its expanding capacity and informal support structure, are under consideration.
The group is situated in the End of Life and Palliative Care in Malignancy and Non-Malignancy (update link on page to http://nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie/research/groups/end-of-life-and-palliative-care.php) research theme within the TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery.

SRIG members have joined the Centre for Spirituality Studies University of Hull UK and also obtained membership of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality UK. Members of the group have been involved in two European Committee of Science and Technology (COST) funding applications (2012 & 2014). These related to the establishment of a European Spirituality Nursing and Midwifery Research Network led by Prof Wilf Mc Sherry to aid the scientific exploration and advancement of spirituality and spiritual care.
SRIG members are also represented in Ireland on the HSE Healthcare Chaplaincy Professional Advisory Council (Chaplaincy Council) [4] and are currently undertaking a project entitled “An Exploration of Current Spiritual Care Resources in Health Care in the Republic of Ireland (ROI)” [5]. Some SIG members have leadership roles in the European Centre for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality which is hosted at the University of Zurich and in the international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality which is linked to the American Academy of Religion.

Projects

Projects undertaken to date

  • An Exploration of Nurses’ Attitudes to Spirituality within an Acute Hospital Setting (n=138) (2007). This study explored nurse attitudes and awareness of spirituality using an internationally validated questionnaire.
  • Spirituality as a Universal Concept: Student Experience of Learning about Spirituality Through the Medium of Art (2005). This study explored nursing students’ understandings of spirituality using focus group interviews.
  • An Exploration of the Extent of Inclusion of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts in Core Nursing Textbooks (2013). The aim of this survey is to examine core nursing textbooks to explore the extent to which these textbooks provide a basis for spiritual care provision by nurses and nursing students.
  • Spiritual Dimensions of Care: An Educational package for Nurses (intervention based study)(2013). This study aims to develop and implement evidence based interventions aimed at improving nurses' knowledge and understanding of spiritual dimensions of care.
  • The establishment of a European Spirituality Nursing and Midwifery Research Network to aid the scientific exploration and advancement of spirituality and spiritual care [International Proposal to the European Committee of Science and Technology (COST)].
  • A Systematic Review (SR) of the Experience of Spirituality from the Perspective of People Living with Dementia (Prof Louise Daly, Prof Elizabeth Fahey McCarthy and Prof Fiona Timmins). The group has supported one Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr Silvia Caldeira January-June 2015

The following Professors support the group on an informal basis:

The Visiting Professorships and Fellowships Benefaction Fund supported visits by Prof Wilf Mc Sherry (2014) and Prof Barbara Pesut (2015)

 

Publications

Publications: (Reports)            

  • Timmins, F. Murphy, M., Pujol, N., Sheaf, G., Caldeira, S. Whelan, J., Weathers, E. and Flanagan, B.(2016) An Exploration of Current Spiritual Care Resources in Health Care in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) Trinity College Dublin: Unpublished report.
  • Timmins, F. (2010) An Exploration of Nurse's Attitudes to Spirituality within an Acute Hospital Setting Nursing Adelaide Society Nursing Development Fund 2007-2008 Dublin: Unpublished report.
  • Timmins, F. (2006) R A Visit to the Art Gallery as a Teaching-Learning Method to Facilitate the Exploration of Spirituality within Nursing Learning Innovation Fund 2005-2006 Trinity College Dublin: Unpublished report.

Publications: (Editorials)

  • Timmins, F. McSherry, W. OBoyle, C., Brady, V.  and Caldeira, S. (2016) Special Issue “International Conference of Spirituality in Healthcare. Sowing the Seeds”—Trinity College Dublin 2015 Religions, 7(11), 126; doi:10.3390/rel7110126.
  • Timmins, F., Naughton, M., Plakas, S. and Pesut, B. (2015) Supporting patients' and families' religious and spiritual needs in ICU - can we do more? Nursing in Critical Care20 3, 1, 115-117.
  • Caldeira, S. and Timmins, F.(2015) Time as presence and opportunity: The key to spiritual care in contemporary nursing practice Journal of Clinical NursingVolume 24, 17-18, 2355-2356.
  • Nambiar-Greenwood, G. and Timmins, F. (2014) The need for cultural humility within current healthcare debates concerning the wearing of religious attire by health care staff Nurse Education Today 35,3,421-422. "Editors Choice" article November 2015.
  • Timmins, F. (2011) Remembering the art of nursing in a technological age Nursing in Critical Care 16,4, ,161-163.
  • MsSherry, W. and Timmins, F. (2013) Spirituality: the Holy Grail of contemporary nursing practice Journal of Nursing Management 20,8, 951-957.

Publications:  (Peer Reviewed)

  • Timmins, F. Murphy, M. Begley, T. Neill, F. and Sheaf, G. An exploration of the extent to which core nursing textbooks inform holistic spiritual care – implications for nurse managers Nursing Management 23,5,31-37
  • Daly, L., Fahey McCarthy, E. and Timmins, F. The experience of spirituality from the perspective of people living with dementia: A systematic review and meta-synthesis Dementia In press
  • Timmins, F. and Caldeira, S., Understanding Spirituality and Spiritual Care in Nursing Nursing Standard In Press
  • Timmins, F. and Caldeira, S. Spiritual Assessment- what do nurses need to know? Nursing Standard In Press
  • Caldeira, S. and Timmins, F. Implementing Spiritual Care-Nursing Interventions Nursing Standard In Press
  • Caldeira, S., Timmins, F., de Carvalho, E.C., Vieira, M. (2015) Nursing Diagnosis of “Spiritual Distress” in Women with Breast Cancer: Prevalence and Major Defining Characteristics Cancer Nursing 39, 4, 321-327.
  • Timmins, F. Caldeira, S. Naughton, M.T. Plakas, S. and Koenig, H.G. (2016) A commentary on King, M. “The challenge of research into religion and spirituality.” Journal for the Study of Spirituality 4, no. 2 (2014): 106-120. Religions 7(4), 39. doi:10.3390/rel7040039
  • Caldeira, S., Timmins, F. (2016) Resilience: Synthesis of concept analyses and contribution to nursing classifications International Nursing Review 63, 2, 191-199.
  • Timmins, F. Murphy, M., Pujol, N., Sheaf, G., Caldeira, S. Whelan, J., Weathers, E. and Flanagan, B. (2016) Implementing spiritual care at the end of life in the Republic of Ireland European Journal of Palliative Care 23 (1) 42-44.
  • Caldeira, S., Timmins, F., de Carvalho, E.C., Vieira, M. (2015) Clinical Validation of the Nursing Diagnosis Spiritual Distress in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy International Journal of Nursing Knowledge doi: 10.1111/2047-3095.12105. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Timmins, F., Murphy, M., Caldeira, S., Ging, E., King, C., Brady, V., Whelan, J., OBoyle, C., Kelly, J.,  Neill, F., Hynes, G., Neenan, K., Pujol, N., Fitzgerald, l., Hayden, D., Sweeney, B., Threadgold, M., O’ Sullivan, M., Flanagan, B., Weathers, E., Larkin, P., Meehan, T.,  Ward, K., Chew, H.,  Minford, E., Lee, M.,  Mulchaire, M., Mc Auliffe, A., Boyle, PJ, Keating, N. and Nolan, B.  (2016) The Development of a Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) Religions 7(3), 30; doi:10.3390/rel7030030.
  • Henry, A. and Timmins, F (2016) An exploration of specialist palliative care nurses’ experiences of providing care to hospice inpatients from minority ethnic groups- implication for religious and spiritual care Religions 7(2), 18; doi:10.3390/rel7020018.
  • Timmins, F. Nurse's Views of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Provision in the Republic of Ireland Journal for the Study of Spirituality 3(2), 121-137.
  • Timmins, F., Kelly, S., Threadgold, M., O'Sullivan, M., Flanagan, B. (2015) Serenity spirituality sessions: A descriptive qualitative exploration of a Christian resource designed to foster spiritual well-being among older people in nursing homes in Ireland Religions 6, 2, 299-316.
  • Timmins, F.  Neill, F, Murphy, M. Begley ,T. and Sheaf, G. Spirituality and Spiritual Care - Missing Concepts from Core Undergraduate Children's Nursing Textbooks International Journal of Children's Spirituality 20,2, 114-128.
  • Timmins, F.  Neill, F, Murphy, M. Begley ,T. and Sheaf, G. (2014) Spiritual care competence for contemporary nursing practice: a quantitative exploration of the guidance provided by fundamental nursing textbooks Nurse Education in Practice in press published early online.
  • Timmins, F., Neill, F., Quinn-Griffin, M., Kelly, J. and DeLa Cruz, E. (2014) Spiritual Dimensions of Care: Developing an Educational Package for Nurses in the Republic of Ireland Holistic Nursing Practice 28(2): 106–123.
  • Timmins, F.  Murphy, M. Neill, F, Begley ,T. and Sheaf, G. (2015) An Exploration of the Extent of Inclusion of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts in Core Nursing Textbooks Nurse Education Today 3, 1,  277-2824.
  • Timmins, F. and Neill, F. (2013) Teaching nursing students about spiritual care- a review of the literature Nurse Education in Practice 13,6,499-5054.
  • Timmins, F. (2013) Nurse's Views of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Provision in the Republic of Ireland Journal for the Study of Spirituality 3, 2,121–137.
  • Timmins, F. and Neill, F. (2012) Spirituality in Nursing: The Challenges of Complexity Nurse Education in Practice12, 6, e44.
  • Timmins, F. and Kelly, J. (2008) F. Spiritual Assessment in Intensive and Cardiac Care Nursing Nursing in Critical Care 13, 3, 124-131.
  • Mooney, B. and Timmins, F. (2007) Spirituality as a Universal Concept: Student Experience of Learning about Spirituality Through the Medium of Art Nurse Education in Practice 7, 5, 275-284.

Invited Talks and Workshops:

  • Timmins, F. Murphy, M., Pujol, N., Sheaf, G., Caldeira, S. Weathers, E., Whelan, J., and Flanagan, B. (2016) An Exploration of Current Spiritual Care Resources in Health Care in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) Health Services Executive (HSE) Chaplaincy Council, F2 Centre, Ruben Plaza, Rialto, Dublin. 28th September 2016.
  • Timmins, F. (2016) Evidence based spiritual care practice - how do we know that what we are doing works?Reflection Day & Spirituality in healthcare. NI Healthcare Chaplains’ Association Dromantine Retreat & Conference Centre, Newry 24th - 25th February.
  • Timmins, F. (2016) Interdisciplinary approaches to healthcare - maximising pastoral care services in healthcare settings. Reflection Day & Spirituality in healthcare. NI Healthcare Chaplains’ Association Dromantine Retreat & Conference Centre, Newry 24th - 25th February.
  • Timmins, F. (2016) Spirituality in Healthcare - exploring the discourse in nursing basedliterature – what does it mean for spiritual care practice? Reflection Day & Spirituality in healthcare. NI Healthcare Chaplains’ Association Dromantine Retreat & Conference Centre, Newry 24th - 25th February.
  • Timmins, F. (2015) Spirituality and Health 1st Assembly of Network of Healthcare Chaplains Aishling Hotel Dublin, 8th October 2015.

Conference Presentations: (International)

  • Timmins F, Murphy M, Pujol N, Sheaf G, Caldeira S, Weathers E, Whelan J and Flanagan B. (2016) Spiritual Care Resources in Health Care in Ireland (ROI) - An Exploration, 14-17th October, First Global Human Caring Conference - China 2016, Shangr- La Hotel, Wuhan, China, 2016.
  • Timmins, F. Murphy, M., Pujol, N., Sheaf, G., Caldeira, S. Weathers, E., Whelan, J., and Flanagan, B. (2016) An Exploration of Current Spiritual Care Resources in Health Care in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2nd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, June 23rd 2016 Dublin.
  • Romeiro, J. Caldeira, S.  Brady, V., Timmins, F. and Hall, J. (2016) The spiritual journey of infertile couples:  discussing the opportunity for spiritual care 2nd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, June 23rd 2016 Dublin.
  • Timmins, F., Murphy, M., Begley, T., Neill, F.  and Sheaf, G. (2016) A documentary analysis of the guidance provided by fundamental nursing textbooks- what does it tell us about spiritual care delivery and spiritual care competence for contemporary nursing practice?Fourth International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality Can spirituality transform our world? New frontiers in understanding and exploring contemporary spiritualties 23 May –26 May 2016 Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester, UK.
  • Timmins F, Murphy, M. Pujol, N, Sheaf G, Caldeira S, Weathers E. & Whelan J. (2016) An Exploration of Current Spiritual Care Resources in Health Care in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) RCSI 35th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference, Dublin, 2-3rd March 2016 pp.74.
  • Murphy, M., Begley, T., Neill, F., Timmins, F., and Sheaf, G. (2015) Spiritual care competence for contemporary nursing practice: a quantitative exploration of the guidance provided by fundamental nursing textbooks. NET2015 26th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference. Tuesday 8th-Thursday 10th  September 2015: Churchill College, Cambridge, UK (p.18-19).
  • Timmins, F., Neill, F. Murphy, M., Begley, T., and Sheaf, G. (2015) Spiritual care competence for contemporary nursing practice: a quantitative exploration of the guidance provided by fundamental nursing textbooks. 1st International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference June 25th 2015 Dublin.
  • Henry, A. and Timmins, F. (2015) An exploration of specialist palliative care nurses' experiences of providing care to hospice inpatients from minority ethnic groups- implication for religious and spiritual care. 1st International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference June 25th 2015 Dublin.
  • Timmins, F., Whelan, J., Murphy, M., King, C. and Brady, V. (2015) The Development of Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland- an Innovative Response to an Emerging Hiatus 1st International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference June 25th 2015 Dublin. 
  • White, S. Timmins, F. Threadgold, M., O'Sullivan, M, and Flanagan, B. (2015) Serenity Spirituality Sessions: A Qualitative Exploration of A Christian Resource Designed To Foster Spiritual Well-Being among Older People in Nursing Homes in Ireland 1st International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference June 25th 2015 Dublin.
  • Timmins, F., Murphy, M., Neill, F. Begley, T., Sheaf, G. (2014) An Exploration of the Extent of Inclusion of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts in Fundamental Nursing Textbooks RCSI 33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference. 19th and 20th February 2014.
  • Begley, T. Murphy, M., Timmins, F. Neill, F.. Sheaf G, (2014) An Exploration of the Extent of Inclusion of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts in Core Undergraduate Nursing Textbooks NET/NEP 5th International Nurse Education Conference  22-25 June 2014 | Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands p15.2.
  • Timmins, F. (2012) Nurse's Attitudes to Spirituality in Ireland RCN International Nursing Research Conference Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK, 23rd - 25th April 2012, (pp.23).
  • Timmins, F. (2011) An Exploration of Nurses' Attitudes to Spirituality within an Acute Hospital Setting Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,30th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Promoting Patient Centred Care in Times of Change - the Challenge for Nurses and Midwives February 24th 2011 Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Stephen's Green, Dublin (pp.73).
  • An Exploration of the Extent of Inclusion of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts in Fundamental Nursing Textbooks RCSI 33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference. 19th and 20th February 2014.
  • An Exploration of the Extent of Inclusion of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts in Core Undergraduate Nursing Textbooks NET/NEP 5th International Nurse Education Conference  22-25 June 2014 | Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

Conference Presentations: (National)

  • Timmins, F. (2011) An Exploration of Nurse's Attitudes to Spirituality within an Acute Hospital Setting NRAC Seminar 2011 St. James's Hospital, Dublin 19th June 2011.

Poster Presentations: (International)

  • Caldeira, S. and Timmins, F. (2016) Nursing diagnosis with focus ‘resilience’: update based on synthesis of concept analysis research 2016 NANDA International Conference: Changing Perspectives on International Nursing Knowledge Cancun, Mexico | 19-21 May 2016.
  • Timmins, F. Caldeira, S. Whelan, J., Murphy, M., King, C. and Brady, V. (2016) Shared understandings of spiritual care among the members of an innovative Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland 2nd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, June 23rd 2016 Dublin. Best Overall Poster Prize.
  • Timmins, F. Caldeira, S. Whelan, J., Murphy, M., King, C. and Brady, V. (2016) Shared understandings of spiritual care among the members of an innovative Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland Fourth International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality Can spirituality transform our world?New frontiers in understanding and exploring contemporary spiritualties 23 May –26 May 2016 Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester, UK
  • Murphy, M., Begley, T., Timmins, F.  Neill, F. and Sheaf, G. Spirituality and Spiritual Care - Missing Concepts from Core Undergraduate Children's Nursing Textbooks International Journal of Children's Spirituality Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, 35th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, February 18th & 19th 2015. Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Stephen's Green, Dublin (p.106).
  • Caldeira, S., and Timmins, F. 2015) How to Measure Spiritual Care in Nursing 1st International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference June 25th 2015 Dublin.
  • Daly L., Timmins F. and Fahey-McCarthy E. (2015) Spirituality for those living with dementia – Appling the findings of a systematic review, All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association 7th Annual Conference ' Older Peoples Journey through Care' Moran Hotel Dublin28th May 2015.
  • Daly, L., McCarthy F. and Timmins F., (2015) Spirituality and dementia: the perspective of people with dementia, 5th International Nursing and Midwifery ConferenceNUIG School of Nursing and Midwifery, Galway, 30th May, 2015.
  • Daly, L., Fahey McCarthy, E., and Timmins, F. (2015) Spirituality and dementia: the perspective of people living with dementia-implications for nursing practice 1st International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference June 25th 2015 Dublin. Best Overall Poster Prize.
  • Timmins, F., Begley, T. Murphy, M.A., Neill, F. and Sheaf, G. (2014) An Exploration of the Extent of Inclusion of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts in Core Undergraduate Nursing Textbooks NET2014 25th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference. Tuesday 2 - Thursday 4 September 2014: Churchill College, Cambridge, UK(p.29-30).
  • Timmins, F., Begley, T. Murphy, M.A., Neill, F. and Sheaf, G. (2013)  An Exploration of the Extent of Inclusion of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts in Core Undergraduate Nursing Textbooks NET 2013 24th  International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference. 3-5th September 2013. Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. UK (pp6-7).

Editorial Experience:

  • June 2016- Present     Management of a special issue of Journal of Religions. Spirituality. 2nd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference in Dublin- Nurturing the Spirit.
  • June 2015- October 2016       Management of a special issue of Journal of Religions. Spirituality. 1st International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference in Dublin- Sowing the Seeds.
  • August 2010 - August 2012     Management of a special issue of Journal of Nursing Management Issue 12 2012 topic: Spirituality

Past Events

  • Past Events
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