What Every Health Care Professional Needs to Know About Spiritual Care
Course Author: Sue Wintz, M.Div., BCC
By the end of this course the learner will be able to:
- Define spirituality, summarize the unique ways in which it may be expressed by persons, and identify its benefits
- Describe the concepts of spiritual care, including differentiating between spiritual, pastoral and chaplaincy care
- Recognize and illustrate the value of spiritual care in specific care settings
- Differentiate between specialist and generalist spiritual care and the role of each
- Screen and evaluate patients and families to determine who would benefit from specialist spiritual care
- Distinguish unique elements of the spiritual care delivery process
- Conduct a spiritual care conversation
- Health Care Disciplines and Spirituality
- Definitions of Spirituality
- Differentiating Spirituality and Religion
- Spirituality’s Unique Expressions
- Benefits of Spirituality and Spiritual Well-Being
- Spiritual Distress
- Spiritual Care
- Specialist Spiritual Care
- Generalist Spiritual Care
- Spiritual Screening
- Spiritual Care Conversations
- When to Refer to the Chaplain as the Spiritual Care Specialist
- Additional Training
- Additional Resources
Number of Continuing Education Hours: 30
Continuing Nursing Professional Development Contact Hours: 30
Aligns with the following Quality Indicators in What is Quality Spiritual Care in Health Care and How Do You Measure It? (HCCN. 2016).
- Structural Indicator 1.C. Information is provided about the availability of spiritual care services.
- Process Indicator 2.B. All clients are offered the opportunity to have a discussion of religious/spiritual concerns.
- Process Indicator 2.F. Spiritual care is provided in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. Clients’ values and beliefs are integrated into plans of care.
- Process Indicator 2.G. End of life and Bereavement Care is provided as appropriate to the population served.