Application to practice guidelines

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Drawing on the international literature for 2006 as discussed in the previous paper, this paper explores key issues for translating the evidence into practice. It brings the themes of ageing, spirituality and nursing more sharply into focus, providing practical suggestions for care in a variety of settings. Taking seven identified themes into consideration, the paper draws out implications for practice from each theme. This discussion is intended to provide encouragement for nurses to consider the spiritual domain in holistic care, not as an optional extra but as the centre of a dynamic partnership with the older people in their care. The paper concludes with recommendations for further research and development work.

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