NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Willingness to Improve Religiosity
Religiosity is an integral part of any culture and is often used as a way to provide the spiritual sustenance required for an individual’s overall wellbeing.
NANDA Nursing Diagnosis for Willingness to Improve Religiosity is a nursing diagnosis used to assess a patient’s willingness and probability to actively seek out spiritual guidance and practice religious beliefs.
NANDA Nursing Diagnosis Definition:
“Willingness to Improve Religiosity related to lack of spiritual independence as evidenced by verbalization of not feeling connected to a higher power, or other spiritual beliefs.”
Defining Characteristics: Subjectives and Objectives
- Subjective: expressions of feeling disconnected from spiritual beliefs, feelings that one is not supported in their spiritual journey; express feelings of apathy and lack of interest in being part of a spiritual community.
- Objective: failure to attend religious services (spiritual guidance sessions or other organized spiritual or religious gatherings); inability to find meaning or significance in prayers or spiritual rituals; lack of respect for traditional religious beliefs.
- Disease, illness, or injury
- Schizophrenia or other mental health issues
- Agonizing or traumatizing life events
- Negative influence of family members or peer pressure
- Depression or anxiety
These related factors can all lead to a diminished sense of purpose and difficulty accessing spiritual content.
Certain populations may be more prone to reduced religiosity than others. These include people who are elderly, low socioeconomic groups, those with chronic illnesses, and individuals who feel guilty or ashamed of their religious practices.
Lack of reliance on spiritual guidance can lead to low self-esteem, social withdrawal, and increased levels of anxiety. Additionally, denial of one’s own beliefs can result in alienation from the community and leads to decreased satisfaction in life.
Suggestions for Use:
The assessment of Willingness to Improve Religiosity assists healthcare professionals to assess and address a patient’s spiritual health and create an individualized treatment plan. This assessment should include discussions with the patient to understand their spiritual beliefs and introduce them to potential spiritual resources.
Suggested Alternative NANDA Diagnoses:
- Decisional Conflict 
- Spiritual Distress 
- Spiritual Pain 
- Impaired Spiritual Well-Being 
- Always respect the patient’s spiritual beliefs, do not impose your own personal beliefs.
- Be aware of differences in cultural and religious values.
- Create a supportive environment that allows open discussions of spiritual matters.
- Consider referring the patient to a spiritual counselor, relevant religious/spiritual services, or spiritual literature.
- When appropriate, involve family members in the assessment process.
- Spirituality: a sense of connectedness with a higher power or spiritual force.
- Self-Perception: recognition of body image, personal strengths, weaknesses and needs.
- Self-Nurturance: understanding and accepting one’s worth and providing for own needs.
- Natural Support Systems: ability to access social and spiritual supports.
- Spiritual Intervention: assist in expressing and exploring spiritual beliefs and needs.
- Home Environment Intervention: facilitate access to spiritual communities and activities.
- Family Involvement: encourage and support family involvement in spiritual care.
- Referral: refer the patient to spiritual advisors and support groups.
Conclusion and FAQ:
NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Willingness to Improve Religiosity is an important tool in evaluating and helping to improve patient spiritual care. Although spiritual distress is a common symptom of many issues, interventions must be tailored to each individual and their specific life circumstances, creating a spiritual treatment plan that will best fit the patient’s unique needs.
Questions that may arise during this assessment process include: How can I best support patients in their spiritual journey? What are the effects of not developing an individual’s spiritual beliefs? What non-traditional methods might help with improving religious and spiritual wellness?