Document Type

Graduate Research


Master of Science in Nursing

Publication Date

Spring 1999


This is a project involving the phenomena of Near Death Experiences [NDEs] and changes in patients' spirituality or religious beliefs after having a NDE in relation to Nursing. There has been limited research in this area that analyzes the spiritual with the clinical aspect of the health care provider's awareness or even knowledge of NDEs. Nursing today encompasses the holistic care of the patient and must include NDEs since there have been over thirteen million people who have had this experience. Nurses need to know how to assist patients in defining that what just happened to them was a definite spiritual or conversion experience. If the patient has assistance in getting the experience into perspective, then the focus can be on the changes in their own life and helping others understand NDE' s.