Prof Linda Ross
PhD, BA Nursing (Distinction), RGN, FHEA
Main Teaching Areas
Spirituality: research, practice and education
Linda is a Professor of Nursing (specialising in spirituality) at the University of South Wales. Her PhD in 1992 was the first to explore nurses’ perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care which she published as a book in 1997. She has published extensively on the subject of spirituality, contributing to numerous texts such as the ‘Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare’ (Cobb, Rumbold & Puchalski, 2012) and ‘Spiritual Assessment in Healthcare Practice (McSherry & Ross, 2010). For the last 30 years such has led numerous research studies on spiritual care in both nursing practice and nurse education, as well as leading training workshops and seminars for healthcare staff internationally. She contributed to the Royal College of Nursing’s ‘Spirituality in nursing Care: a pocket guide’ and ‘Spirituality in nursing care on-line resource’, and to the spiritual care guidance which accompanies the Welsh Government’s Health and Care Standards (2015). She is a founding member and Membership Secretary for the British Society for the Study of Spirituality and an Executive Editor for the Society’s affiliated journal ‘Journal for the Study of Spirituality’. She was also a Partner for the Erasmus+ funded EPICC Project which sought to establish best practice in spiritual care nurse education across Europe (www.epicc-project.eu). That work continues through the EPICC Network; you can apply to join here http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/epicc/epicc-network/. She has been working with Health Education Improvement Wales to embed the EPICC Standard within pe-registration nurse/midwifery education across Wales: https://heiw.nhs.wales/news/spiritual-care-to-become-part-of-welsh-nursing-curriculum/.
Masters and PhD supervision.
Over 40 journal articles, 2 books, 7 book chapters.
Snowden A, Enang I, Kernohan WG, Fraser D, Gibbon A, Macritchie I, McSherry W, Ross L, Swinton J (2020) Why are some healthcare chaplains registered professionals and some are not? A survey of healthcare chaplains in Scotland. Journal of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.39783
McSherry W, Ross L, Attard J, van Leeuwen R, Giske T, Kleiven T, Boughey A and the EPICC Network. (2020) Preparing undergraduate nurses and midwives for spiritual care: some developments in education over the last decade. Journal for the Study of Spirituality. https://doi.org/10.1080/20440243.2020.1726053
Ross L, Miles J (2019) Spirituality in heart failure: a review of the literature from 2014-2019 to identify spiritual care needs and spiritual interventions. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000475
Attard, J., Ross, L. Weeks, K. (2019) Developing a spiritual care competency framework for pre-registration nurses and midwives. Nurse Education in Practice. 40 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2019.07.010.
Attard, J., Ross, L. Weeks, K. (2019) Design and development of a spiritual care competency framework for pre-registration nurses and midwives: a modified Delphi study. Nurse Education in Practice doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2019.08.003.
Ross L, McSherry W. (2018). Two questions that ensure person-centred spiritual care. Nursing Standard [Internet]. Available from: https://rcni.com/nursing-standard/features/two-questions-ensure-person-centred-spiritual-care-137261
Ross L, McSherry W, Giske T, van Leeuwen R, Schep-Akkerman A, Koslander T, Hall J, Østergaard Steenfeldt V, Jarvis P (2018) Nursing and midwifery students’ perceptions of spirituality, spiritual care, and spiritual care competency: a prospective, longitudinal, correlational European study. Nurse Education Today, 67, 64-71.
Ross L & McSherry W (2017) Spiritual care should be part of the Code. Nursing Standard, 31, 33, 29.
Ross L, Austin J, Jarvis P, Pickett S (2017) Spiritual support in end stage heart failure: a randomised controlled feasibility study. Pontypridd, University of South Wales (ISBN 978-1-909838-28-4)
Ross L, Giske T, van Leeuwen R, Baldacchino D, McSherry W, Narayanasamy A, Jarvis P, Schep-Akkerman A. (2016) Factors contributing to student nurses’/midwives’ perceived competency in spiritual care. Nurse Education Today, 36, 445-451.
McSherry W and Ross L (2015) Spiritual shortfall? Nursing Standard, 29, 35, 22-23. April 29 (Invited). A personal column questioning the new NMC Code’s omission of ‘spiritual’ and inviting reader response.
McSherry W and Ross L (2015) Heed the evidence on place of spiritual needs in health care. Nursing Standard, 29, 38, May 20
Ross L, van Leeuwen R, Baldacchino D, Giske T, McSherry W, Narayanasamy A, Downes C, Jarvis P, Schep-Akkerman A. (2014) Student nurses perceptions of spirituality and competence in delivering spiritual care: A European pilot study. Nurse Education Today, 34 (5), 697-702
Ross L and Austin J (2013) Spiritual needs and spiritual support preferences of people with end stage heart failure and their carers: implications for nurse managers. Journal of Nursing Management, 23, 1, 87-95
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.
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.
Ross L, McSherry W (2020) ‘Documenting spiritual care in the UK’ In Peng-Keller S & Neuhold D (Eds) Charting Spiritual Care – The Emerging Role of Chaplaincy Records in Global Healthcare, Springer, pp 153-171
McSherry W, Ross L, Balthip Q, Ross N, Young S. (2019) Spiritual assessment in healthcare: an overview of comprehensive, sensitive approaches to spiritual assessment for use within the interdisciplinary healthcare team. In Spirituality in Healthcare: Perspectives for Innovative Practice. Springer Nature, Switzerland.
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 (March 2011) Spirituality and nursing care: a pocket guide. RCN, London. http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/practice/spirituality
McSherry W and Ross L (eds) (2010) Spiritual assessment in healthcare practice. M&K Publishing, Keswick.
- All Wales Spirituality, Health & Wellbeing Special Interest Group
- British Association for the Study of Spirituality (Founding Member, Membership Secretary)
- EPICC Network (Strategic Partner) www.epicc-project.eu
- Visiting Professor, Staffordshire University
- Executive Editor for Journal for the Study of Spirituality
- Executive Editor for Journal of Health & Social Care Chaplaincy
- Reviewer for several journals
- With Health Education Improvement Wales, embedding the EPICC Standard within pe-registration nurse/midwifery education across Wales https://heiw.nhs.wales/programmes/once-for-wales-2020/
- RCN (2011) Spirituality and nursing care: a pocket guide. RCN, London.
- Spiritual care e-guidance accompanying the Welsh Government’s Health and Care Standards (2015).
- All Wales Spiritual Care Competencies (2010).
- ‘Spiritual care education and practice development. VID Specialized University Bergen Excellence in Research Fund. 2020-2023.
- ‘Enhancing spiritual care for patients and their carers in NHS Wales’. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship. PhD studentship April 2020- March 2023.
- ‘Engagement with cardiac rehabilitation: working with hard to reach groups’. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship. PhD studentship. Jan 2017-Dec 2020
Spirituality and heart failure
- ‘Offering Spiritual Support to end stage heart failure patients: a feasibility study’ 2014-2016. Nevill Hall Thrombosis & General Research Fund
- Spiritual needs and spiritual support preferences of people with end stage heart failure and their carers. Nevill Hall Thrombosis & General Research Fund. 2008-2011.
- ‘Randomised controlled trial of cardiac rehabilitation versus standard care in elderly patients with heart failure’ 2000-2004. Nevill Hall Thrombosis & General Research Fund.
Spirituality and education:
- Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education. ‘Enhancing Nurses Competence in Providing Spiritual Care through Innovative Education and Compassionate Care (EPICC)’. December 2016-August 2019.
- Royal College of Nursing ‘A multinational longitudinal investigation of student nurses’ and midwives’ perceptions of spirituality and competence in delivering spiritual care’ 2011-2016
- ‘Framework of competencies in spiritual care for nurses and midwives’. PhD studentship USW in collaboration with University of Malta. 2009-2014
- Review of standards & competences for Spiritual Care and course outline. NHS Education Scotland tender. March 2019.
- ‘Understanding and maximising the roles and contributions of NHS chaplains across UK’ Chief Scientist Office Scotland. March-September 2019.
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