Positive associations between faith and health have increasingly been recognized within the health care sector, making attention to patients’ faith resources a part of multidimensional care. However, nurses experience challenges with incorporating spiritual or religious issues into clinical practice. This paper aims to investigate how hospice nurses understand and integrate faith, and how they experience the significance of faith for the dying cancer patient in a hospice setting. The investigation uses the qualitative research methodology Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, and data is generated through semi-structured individual interviews with hospice nurses. The analysis revealed that the hospice nurses experience faith as broad and difficult to define. When incorporating faith in the patient encounter the nurses draw on various personal competences. It is concluded that there is a clear recognition among the nurses that faith attains a special significance in the encounter and confrontation with death.

Keywords: belief, hospice nursing, palliative care, spirituality, terminally ill