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Debbie Selby, Dori Seccaraccia, Jim Huth, Kristin Kurrpa, Margaret Fitch
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to explore healthcare professionals' (HCPs') perception of their role in provision of spiritual care, in addition to attempting to identify a simple question(s) to help identify spiritual distress. BACKGROUND: Spirituality is well recognized as important to whole-person care, particularly in those with terminal illnesses. Understanding the role of front-line providers in the identification and management of spiritual distress, however, remains challenging...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Angela Ebert, Karin Strehlow
Issue addressed: The fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work style has been linked to mental-health and interpersonal issues and a need for strategies that maintain a healthy workforce. This study investigated whether 24/7 on-site chaplains deliver a service that promotes the health and well being of FIFO personnel.Methods: A phenomenological approach was used to explore the perceptions of FIFO personnel working in different roles and organisational sections on a remote mine site in Western Australia. Multi-pronged strategies recruited 29 participants who represented management, supervisors, workers and support staff...
October 6, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Christine M Mitchell, Zachary D Epstein-Peterson, Julia Bandini, Ada Amobi, Jonathan Cahill, Andrea Enzinger, Sarah Noveroske, John Peteet, Tracy Balboni, Michael Balboni
CONTEXT: While many studies have addressed the integration of a religion/spirituality curriculum into medical school training, few describe the process of curriculum development based on qualitative data from students and faculty. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to explore the perspectives of medical students and chaplaincy trainees regarding the development of a curriculum to facilitate reflection on moral and spiritual dimensions of caring for the critically-ill, and to train students in self-care practices that promote professionalism...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Julian Raffay, Emily Wood, Andrew Todd
BACKGROUND: Within the UK National Health Service (NHS), Spiritual and Pastoral Care (SPC) Services (chaplaincies) have not traditionally embraced research due to the intangible nature of their work. However, small teams like SPC can lead the way towards services across the NHS becoming patient- centred and patient-led. Using co-production principles within research can ensure it, and the resulting services, are truly patient-led. METHODS: A series of interviews were conducted with service users across directorates of a large NHS mental health Trust...
2016: BMC Psychiatry
Wilfred McSherry, Adam Boughey, Peter Kevern
Although Health Chaplaincy services are well-established in hospitals in the United Kingdom and across the world, Primary Care Chaplaincy is still in its infancy and much less extensively developed. This study explored the impact the introduction of a Primary Care "Chaplains for Wellbeing" service had upon patients' experience and perceived health and well-being. Sixteen patients participated in one-one interviews. Transcripts were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Patients reported circumstances that had eroded perceived self-efficacy, self-identity, and security manifesting as existential displacement; summarized under the superordinate theme of "loss...
October 2016: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
Rebecca Johnson, M Jeanne Wirpsa, Lara Boyken, Matthew Sakumoto, George Handzo, Abel Kho, Linda Emanuel
Chaplaincy care is different for every patient; a growing challenge is to ensure that electronic health records function to support personalized care. While ICU health care teams have advanced clinical practice guidelines to identify and integrate relevant aspects of the patient's story into whole person care, recommendations for documentation are rare. This qualitative study of over 400 free-text EHR notes offers unique insight into current use of free-text documentation in ICU by six chaplains integrated into the healthcare team...
October 2016: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
Chris Feudtner
My colleagues and I had been asked by a member of a clinical team to help sort through the ethics of stopping a life-sustaining intervention for a very ill child. We had already talked with the parents, the physicians, and the folks from nursing, social work, and chaplaincy. Terms like "suffering," "cruel," "compassion," and "moral distress" had been uttered, as had terms like "inappropriate," "unethical," "neglectful," and "risk-management." The group had now stuffed all of these polarizing thoughts and feelings into this cramped room with only one door...
May 2016: Hastings Center Report
Lindsay B Carey, Timothy J Hodgson, Lillian Krikheli, Rachel Y Soh, Annie-Rose Armour, Taranjeet K Singh, Cassandra G Impiombato
This scoping review considered the role of chaplains with regard to 'moral injury'. Moral injury is gaining increasing notoriety. This is due to greater recognition that trauma (in its various forms) can cause much deeper inflictions and afflictions than just physiological or psychological harm, for there may also be wounds affecting the 'soul' that are far more difficult to heal-if at all. As part of a larger research program exploring moral injury, a scoping review of literature and other resources was implemented utilising Arksey and O'Malley's scoping method (Int J Soc Res Methodol 8(1):19-32, 2005) to focus upon moral injury, spirituality (including religion) and chaplaincy...
August 2016: Journal of Religion and Health
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This handbook addresses the misconception that spiritual care is synonymous with religious care using research and examples of evidence-based practice carried out by the chaplaincy team at Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
March 30, 2016: Nursing Standard
Marek S Kopacz, Bruce D Feldstein, Cecille Allman Asekoff, Maurice S Kaprow, Rebecca Smith-Coggins, Kathy A Rasmussen
In terms of supporting veteran populations, little is known of the experiences of chaplains professionally active outside of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare settings. The present study looks to examine how involved non-VA chaplains are in supporting veterans as well as their familiarity with the VA. An online survey was distributed in a convenience sample of chaplains, of which n = 39 met the inclusion criterion for this study (i.e., no past or present VA affiliation). The results find that most of the non-VA chaplains encounter veteran service users either on a weekly or monthly basis...
August 2016: Journal of Religion and Health
Karen R Behm
This personal reflection expresses a chaplaincy department's feelings as they became the surrogate family for a child whose body was abandoned by its mother in the hospital morgue.
March 2016: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: JPCC
Susan Dodge-Peters Daiss
'Art at the Bedside' is the name given to a hospital visitation program during which works of art loaded onto a computer are used to start conversations with patients and their families. The article traces the genesis of the program that evolved from the author's dual training in art museum education and hospital chaplaincy through the evolution of the practice, now in its sixth year. Reflections on the practice itself are the focus of this article, from identifying the kinds of responses frequently elicited by the artwork to understanding how these works of art seem to forge immediate connections between the patient and the facilitator...
March 2016: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: JPCC
Simon Lasair
Health care chaplaincy positions in Canada are significantly threatened due to widespread health care cutbacks. Yet the current time also presents a significant opportunity for spiritual care providers. This article argues that religion and spirituality in Canada are undergoing significant changes. The question for Canadian health care chaplains is, then: how well equipped are they to understand these changes in health care settings and to engage them? This article attempts to go part way toward an answer.
March 2016: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: JPCC
Barbara Pesut, Shane Sinclair, George Fitchett, Madeleine Greig, Sarah E Koss
There is a growing body of evidence investigating chaplaincy services. The purpose of this scoping review was to examine the empirical literature specific to the role of chaplaincy within health care published since 2009. Electronic searches of four databases were conducted in August 2015. After screening, 48 studies were retained and reviewed. Four themes emerged: experiences and perceptions of the health care chaplain (n = 15), chaplain practice (n = 9), emerging areas of health care chaplaincy (n = 16), and outcome studies (n = 8)...
2016: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
(no author information available yet)
THIS BOOK is written with many different professionals in mind. It can be read, and readily appreciated, by various healthcare workers and individuals working with children and young people, not just child-health nurses or paediatric nurses in specialist children's hospitals or hospices. It is written by the chaplaincy team of Birmingham Children's Hospital.
February 9, 2016: Nursing Children and Young People
Carla P Hermann, Barbara A Head, Karen Black, Karen Singleton
Interprofessional educational experiences for baccalaureate nursing students are essential to prepare them for interprofessional communication, collaboration, and team work. Nurse educators are ideally positioned to develop and lead such initiatives. The purpose of this article is to describe the development and implementation of an interprofessional education (IPE) project involving students in nursing, medicine, social work, and chaplaincy. The Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Oncology Palliative Care Education project uses team-based palliative oncology education as the framework for teaching students interprofessional practice skills...
January 2016: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Barbara Pesut
In Nolan's case study, "He Needs to Talk!": A Chaplain's Response to Nonreligious Spiritual Care," he asks an important question: "What is distinctive about the chaplain's role in working with nonreligious people?" This is a compelling question for chaplains working in a society where individuals are increasingly defining themselves as NOT religious. In this response, I will analyze how our current religious context, in which we feel over-responsible for an existential quest without a language to express our dilemma, creates a unique role for chaplaincy with the nonreligious...
2016: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
Steve Nolan
Chaplains have always worked with nonreligious people, but it is not always clear what is distinctive about their contribution. This case describes an episode of nonreligious spiritual care in order to explore the value of chaplaincy work with people who regard themselves as nonreligious. This case reports on work with a dying man and his family-wife, daughter, sister, and son-in-law-whose religion is secularized, but whose secularism is touched by the sacred.
2016: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
Ibrahim J Long
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2015: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: JPCC
Michael Eselun Bcc
Michael Eselun, BCC, who serves as the oncology chaplain for the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, recently gave a lecture as part of the Insights Into Cancer lecture series at UCLA called 'Cancer: "It Could Be Worse" - A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme?'. Michael has written a personal reflection to provide a fuller context for his chaplaincy, as he views it, and to provide some background to the lecture. A link to a video of the lecture is included.
September 2015: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: JPCC
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