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PhD, BA Nursing (Distinction), RGN


Main Teaching Areas

  • Research
  • Spirituality


Linda has 25 years experience of researching and publishing on spiritual aspects of healthcare. Her PhD on nurses perceptions of spiritual care was the first study of its kind and size and is widely quoted. Since then she has obtained funding to carry out other post-doctoral research on spiritual aspects of nursing. She has over 30 publications, the majority of these on spiritual aspects of healthcare.She has given over 30 conference presentations both in the UK and abroad, mostly on spiritual care, many of these by invitation and she regularly leads workshops for healthcare staff. She was the main organiser of the first conference on spiritual care to be held in Wales, UK and she has been involved in organising other conferences on the subject. She is currently developing teaching input on spiritual care within the department where she works and she supervises MPhil and PhD students. She was involved in developing spirituality guidance for nurses for the Royal College of Nursing in 2011 and 2012 and she is Honorary Secretary and founding member of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality.


Masters and PhD supervision.


Over 30 publications, mainly on spirituality. Most recently:

Out soon: Ross L & Austin J Spiritual needs and spiritual support preferences of people with end-stage heart failure and thier carers: a qualitative interview study. Journal of Nursing Management.

Key papers/texts:
McSherry W and Ross L (2012). Nursing. In Cobb M, Rumbold B & Puchalski C (Eds) Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare. Oxford University Press, Oxford

RCN (January 2012) Spirituality and nursing care online resource. RCN, London.

RCN (March 2011) Spirituality and nursing care: a pocket guide. RCN, London.

McSherry W and Ross L (eds) (2010) Spirirtual assessment in healthcare practice. M&K Publishing, Keswick.

Ross L (2010) Why the increasing interest in spirituality within healthcare? In McSherry W and Ross L (eds) Spirirtual assessment in healthcare practice. Chapter 1. M&K Publishing, Keswick.

McSherry W and Ross L (2010) Considerations for the future of spiritual assessment. In McSherry W and Ross L (eds) Spirirtual assessment in healthcare practice. Chapter 9. M&K Publishing, Keswick.

Ross LA (2006) Spiritual care in nursing: an overview of the research to date. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15 (7), 852-862.

Austin J, Williams WR, Ross L, Moseley L, Hutchinson S. (2005) Randomised controlled trial of cardiac rehabilitation in elderly patients with heart failure. European Journal of Heart Failure, 7, 411-417. Winner of British Heart Foundation Excellence Award 2005.

Ross L A (1997) Nurses’ perceptions of spiritual care. Avebury, Aldershot.

Ross L A (1997) Elderly patients’ perceptions of their spiritual needs and care: a pilot study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26, 710-715.

Ross L A (1994) Spiritual aspects of nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 19, 439-447.


  • RCN
  • NMC


  • British Association for the Study of Spirituality (Honorary Secretary & founding member)
  • On editorial board for ‘Journal for the Study of Spirituality’
  • International Spirituality in Nursing Research Network (founding member)
  • Reviewer for several journals
  • External examiner, University of Staffordshire and University of Malta
  • Invited speaker and seminar leader at numerous conferences/study days on spirituality and healthcare across the UK and abroad


RCN Task & Finish Group on Spirituality. The remit of the Group is to act upon the findings from the RCN spirituality survey (2010) and to develop an range of educational and practical resources to engage and inform RCN membership about the concepts of spirituality and the practise of spiritual care (see above publications).


Spirituality within nursing practice, nurse education and cardiac rehabilitation.

Current research studies include:

‘A multinational longitudinal investigation of student nurses’ and midwives’ perceptions of spirituality and competence in delivering spiritual care: 2011-2015’. Funded by the Royal College of Nursing.

‘Student nurses/midwives perceptions of spirituality/competence in delivering spiritual care’. A pilot study. April 2010. Funded by Glamorgan University RIS scheme. International collaborative pilot which will inform an application for European Funding.

Spiritual needs and spiritual support preferences of people with end stage heart failure and their carers. Funded by Nevill Hall Thrombosis & General Research Fund. 2008-2011.

Developing spiritual care competencies for nurses and midwives. PhD studentship awarded in collaboration with University of Malta. 2009-2014

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