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Recognizing that being a healthcare provider is a ministry of service, how can a healthcare provider prepare to address spirituality in health situations for each of the following groups: one's self, one's patient, the patient's family, and one's colleagues?

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1. Recognizing that being a healthcare provider is a ministry of service, how can a healthcare provider prepare to address spirituality in health situations for each of the following groups: one's self, one's patient, the patient's family, and one's colleagues?

For self, one must know thy self, understanding one's own values and beliefs on spirituality and the morality of human life, which are necessary truths in order to care for the spiritual needs of others. Good interpersonal skills, being available and a holistic view of spirituality are also essential to provide spiritual care to the client. Spirituality includes both the believer and nonbeliever. However, in addition to offering support for relationships with others, a health care professional must be prepared to talk about the relationship with a higher power, as well as relationships with self and others, which are also spiritual in nature. Sometimes just learning to be there for ...

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Spirituality in Health Care Module

Topic: Provider Roles in Spiritual Care
- Recall personal spiritual experiences or sacred encounters with other health care professionals and contrast them with the experiences of others.
- Develop a spiritual needs assessment tool and administer it to another person.
- Examine guidelines that health care providers follow in professional situations and compare permitted and restricted actions of various professional situations.

Spiritual Needs Assessment

1) Use the articles provided in the readings. The Joint Commission provides some guidelines for creating spiritual assessment tools for evaluating the spiritual needs of patients. Use these resources and any other guidelines/examples available, you can also make up your own tool for assessing the spiritual needs of patients.

Read "Evaluating your Spiritual Assessment Process," from the Joint Commission: The Source (2005), located on the Professional Chaplains Web site Issue 2 http://www.professionalchaplains.org/uploadedFiles/pdf/JCAHO-evaluating-your-spiritual-assessment-process.pdf.

Read "The Joint Commission Standards FAQ Details- Spiritual Assessment," located on the Joint Commission Web site at http://www.jointcommission.org/standards_information/jcfaqdetails.aspx?StandardsFaqId=290&ProgramId=1.

a) The spiritual needs assessment tool should include a minimum of five questions that can either be answered by the patient and/or by your observation of the patient. The information can be presented in a Word document, in a table, or questionnaire format.

2) Using your assessment tool questions, practice completing a spiritual assessment with either a patient, family member, or friend. Analyze the results.

a) Write a brief summary of the assessment findings.

b) What significant discoveries did you make about the individual you chose to assess?

c) What went well?

d) What would you do differently in the future?

e) Were there any barriers or challenges that inhibited your ability to complete the assessment tool? How would you address these in the future or change your assessment to better address these challenges?

f) Describe the spiritual experience you had with the patient, family member, or friend using this tool. How does this tool allow you to better meet the needs of the patient?

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