Spiritual Care

5282016memorialdayOn Memorial Day we remember our fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country. As nurses, what can we do to care for veterans who need ongoing physical, emotional and spiritual care today?

4252016marylI am a nursing student at a Catholic-Jesuit university, so spirituality is integrated throughout our nursing curriculum. However, we do not have a space to reflect on how to have spiritual conversations with patients or how to process our clinical experiences from a spiritual perspective.

IV Drip“I’ve been an Infusion Room regular for over seven years. It’s like a local coffee shop, only with needles, tubes, and dangling fluid bags,” writes David Kenagy in the Journal of Christian Nursing.

Listening“I heard a commotion and found one of my patients screaming, banging doors, and hitting walls,” recalls Kathy Schoonover Shoffner, PhD, RN, during a recent shift.

Some nursing students would rather ask patients about their bowel movements than about their spiritual needs.

Renee Teaching"This could only be God!" thought Renee Lick as she stepped into the sunlit room to speak on spiritual care to more than 220 nursing students and faculty. Renee’s workshop, “Caring for the Spiritual Needs of our Patients,” was sponsored by the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

PrayingWhat is the role of prayer in clinical practice?

Vacation Reflection

Vacations can be exhausting. Often I return from a vacation more tired than when I left. Yes, a change of scenery can be wonderful, but I’ve learned that time away from work does not automatically create a restful soul.

Igniting Nursing in MNby Sharon Williamson, RN, Wayzata EFC Health Ministries

“God doesn’t look for outcomes; he looks for faithfulness,” said our speaker, Dr. Kamalini Kumar. More than 80 nurses gathered last month for the 4th annual NCF Nurses Breakfast Seminar in the Twin Cities area (MN).

Nursing is ministry!

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