Responding to a student in a teaching course who says that she does not believe in God and will not ask anyone about information related to this aspect would involve explaining to the student on the importance of collecting this information (Puchalski & Romer, 2000). Information related to a spiritual assessment is important as it has a strong link to medical practices. Due to this aspect, it is important that the student realizes and understands that this information cannot be neglected during a health assessment (Puchalski & Romer, 2000). Another fact is that a majority of the American patients believe in God, which has an impact on their health and totality of life. This means that these patients integrate spiritual matters in the different aspects of the healthcare process, which include prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support (Puchalski & Romer, 2000). This aspect shows the importance of conducting a spiritual assessment on patients as it will help healthcare practitioners in making healthcare decisions, which are important in providing effective healthcare (Puchalski & Romer, 2000).
Puchalski, C. & Romer, A. (2000). Taking a Spiritual History Allows Clinicians to Understand Patients More Fully. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 3(1), 129-137.